Continuing its country-wide occupation of Americans’ days off, HobbyTown USA’s Asheville location slings games, models, and science-y kits to amateur and professional hobbyists. Adult and kiddie visages demanding immediate motley makeovers can be carefully dipped in a Klutz face-painting kit ($24.95), and auto enthusiasts can ogle and take home a Revell Ford Mustang boss model ($23.99), naturally theft-resistant thanks to its unsuitability for non-miniature drivers. Star gazers and stranded extraterrestrials rely on a Powerseeker 60 telescope ($46.58–$54.98) to chart the stars, and a Blade Heli scout helicopter ($49.99) can hover over cocktail parties to scare guests out of pocketing hors d’oeuvres. With a wide-ranging inventory and sage-like staff, HobbyTown USA meets multiple leisurely demands and appeals to all age groups, with the exception of couch-potatoing enthusiasts.
Next Step Recovery is a transitional-living program for adult males who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The program combines a structured environment with traditional treatment plans—such as the 12-step program—augmented by life-skills training, case management, employment assistance, and relapse prevention. An onsite clinical-addictions specialist helps residents meet their individual needs on a regular basis and the home-like setting helps them settle in to the program, with family-style dinners to bolster their sense of well-being. Residents attend relapse-prevention and self-help groups during the evening and complete chores, school, or volunteer work during the day. They also engage in outdoor adventures every Sunday to gain new skills, get in touch with nature, and find healthy ways to fight boredom. Upon exiting the program, the residents work with professionals to reintegrate into society.
Practicing yoga was one of the first steps to Eric Seiler's fascination with healthy body alignment. He quickly became engrossed in the study of rolfing to complement his mastery of poses, and today counsels others with Dr. Ida P. Rolf's methods. The techniques are geared toward healthier posture and increased physical capability—after detecting areas of gathered tension and compression, Eric seeks to correct these problems through a mix of focused, hands-on pressure and lessons in movement. His warm attitude and expertise can lead clients on a progressive path toward enhanced mobility, as well as relief from muscle pain and various conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Hard Exercise Works helps clients improve their physical health with intense total-body workout regimens for all fitness levels and sage nutrition advice within a supportive fitness community. Dedicated coaches push attendees to reach their goals in classes that accommodate up to 50 students, ensuring pupils' safety by demonstrating proper technique. Each workout consists of an ever-changing sequence of intense exercises, intended to improve strength and stamina over a five-week period. In addition to a vigorous fitness regimen, the gym's nutrition philosophy promotes well-being outside of class sessions by either prescribing a five-week diet for students or teaching them how to photosynthesize their own food.
An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Asheville GreenWorks strives to achieve a clean, green Asheville and Buncombe County through environmental stewardship, education, and community-organizing programs. AGW helps to care for and preserve the community with playground enhancements, precycling, and graffiti elimination, fueled by the help of more than 900 members and thousands of volunteers. With children from local schools, they engage in educational projects, weaving lessons into activities such as cleaning up a stream or collecting litter. The organization's Green Team works with volunteers to plant trees in underserved neighborhoods and corral invasive species.
Renaissance-style portraits and a scrolled plaque reading "Heavenly Spirits Wine Bar" give an Old World feel to the tavern-style space—fitting for a wine bar nestled within Treasure Keepers, an estate sale and consignment shop chock full of antique goods. As customers sip domestic and imported white or red wines from France, Monterey, or Germany, tapestry-cushioned seating relieves feet tired of supporting your weight and carrying you through hopscotch tournaments. Small plates such as an olive-oil drizzled baguette or a medley of Mediterranean olives rest on dark-grained tables, waiting to be paired with spirits.