In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that valued personal growth over competition. Robin's program is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide, but he still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers aged 4 months to 12 years with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.
Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, teaching kids to progress the skills they need to build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer classes or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents Magazine.
Twelve spacious runs, organic shampoos, and shelves of high-quality pet foods attest to Canine Shear Heaven’s staff's doting approach to their animal charges. The boarding kennel is located at owner Marthe Worley’s country home in Mars Hill, where 21-square-foot dog runs give canines the space to stretch their limbs and practice downward-human yoga poses in between chowing on food, basking in twice-daily walks, and hunkering down beneath blankets for a good night's sleep. In the onsite grooming facility, attentive groomers clip and sculpt dog and cat coats and lavish them in shampoos made from organic aloe, citrus, and herb ingredients. Canine Shear Heaven also keeps its retail shelves stocked with Lupine collars and pet food from notable brands such as Canidae and Fromm.
Printville's motto "integrity, speed, and quality" is reflected in every aspect of the business and its services. The company's print- and design-smiths pore over customer ideas and needs with a close eye during efficient creative design services—be they design overhauls or minor tweaks to client designs. The shop also offers digital and sheet-fed, offset printing for wide format posters, banners, or business cards. To ensure a hassle-free experience for their customers, Printville handles FedEx, UPS, and USPS shipping, and offers custom packaging and boxes.
The guides who founded Better Tours of Asheville draw on experience leading excursions in far-flung locations in Puerto Rico, France, and Italy. Now, they accompany groups past the basilica and other historical buildings in the town, delivering stories developed through constant research and an ability to smell fossils. The guides divulge colorful tidbits of local history during pub crawls through storied taverns with group drink specials and allude to haunting tragedies along ghost tours that occasionally yield eerie photos of orbs, wisps, and buildings an inch from where they normally are.
Combining experience in lampworking, glass blowing, and jewelry design, the experienced glassblowers of Asheville Glass Center lead workshops and classes to share their passion for manipulating molten glass. The two- to three-hour intro courses teach neophytes to craft borosilicate marbles and soft glass beads, and more in-depth classes result in intricate implosion flowers and sand-cast solid forms. The center also offers open studio time for more experienced artists who wish to work alone, like the winningest three-legged racers.