Allied Insulating Co. has serviced homeowners in Western North Carolina for the past 40 years. Making homes more comfortable, energy efficient and saving them money. Our commitment to quality workmanship and exceptional value has earned a strong reputation in both commercial and residential markets.
Voted Best Hair Salon, Best Hairdresser, or both by Mountain Xpress readers for eight years running, Wink Salon & Boutique boasts a fleet of skilled stylists that includes past master designers for Rusk International and an educator for Wella Hair Color. The green-certified salon’s hair whisperers employ Goldwell products to shift hair shades for jaywalkers on the lam and are all certified curlaborators with DevaCurl, making them well suited to manage curly manes. As the stylists snip locks with precision, nail technicians paint fingertips with Essie and Shellac polishes, and brow artists shape and shade over-eye arches with threading and tints made from all-natural vegetable dyes.
Inside Wink's boutique, jewelry and gifts crafted by more than 30 local artists beckon eyes toward the glint of recycled metals and vintage beads. An active member of the community, the business has teamed up with various organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, and hosts an annual drive for Manna FoodBank.
Biltmore, located in Asheville, NC, is America’s largest home. The estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens; Antler Hill Village and Farm; our Winery; a four-star Inn; Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s party plan business.
In 2012, the Runaway Circus struck upon a brilliant idea—find an unused studio space to fix up and turn into a community art center dedicated to teaching and practicing acrobatics, juggling, comedy, and highly physical performance art. That dream became the Toy Boat Community Art Space, which today provides a home base for such acts as the jugglers Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth and the mysterious Wendal Wandell, who conjures waves of applause with his feats of legerdemain. Those without a big-top passion project to work on at the gym-cum-art studio can participate in other upcoming events involving folk music acts, DJ sessions, goofy plays for young and old, and unpredictable comedy shows.
Chelsea's Tea and Gifts dishes up a palatable menu of casual lunch and brunch fare in a quaint, Victorian-inspired setting. A rich Monte Cristo sandwich enrobes batter-dipped Texas toast in dustings of powdered sugar and maple syrup ($10.95), and tomato, basil pesto, balsamico, and mixed cheeses play a unique rendition of the classic grilled cheese’s flavor notes ($9.95). Made-from-scratch soups du jour ($3.95 cup/$5.25 bowl) flood bellies with a dizzying flavor rotation, befriending bread-bordered comestibles in a soup-and-sandwich combo ($11.95). The artisanal cheese and fruit board matches fragrant fromages from the Asheville Farmer's Market with fresh fruit, country-pork terrine, and grilled bread with basil pesto ($12.95). Seasonal Sunday brunch graces tabletops from March through December, and lunch makes an appearance Monday–Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The sandwich maestros at Old School Subs and Deli stack their subs with Boar's Head meat and fresh produce purchased at WNC Farmers' Market. Sating early-morning cravings as well, the chefs griddle breakfasts of belgian waffles alongside egg-and-cheese sandwiches made with Eggland's Best Eggs. At lunch, guests can blindfold themselves and point to one of 15 signature sandwiches, landing on favorites such as the black-forest ham with Boar's Head baby swiss cheese. Adding a regional touch, each sandwich is prepared with bread baked fresh by Carolina Mountain Bakery.