At OneWay Eyeglasses, frames from name-brand designers pair with lenses ranging from single-vision to no-line bifocals. The shop also stocks an array of contacts, and the independent onsite optometrists dole out prescriptions and relationship advice.
The Artisan Gourmet Market and its adjacent deli celebrate epicurean urges with a panoply of organic produce, fresh meats and cheeses, fair-trade coffee, and wines from around the world. The meat counter lures health-conscious carnivores with a selection of local and natural meats, such as certified Angus strip loins ($7.49 per lb.) and marinated, natural boneless, skinless chicken ($5.49 per lb.), and a collection of well-traveled cheeses, such as Boar’s Head colby ($7.99 per lb.), encourages daydreamers to climb the swiss-cheese Alps. Time-crunched shoppers can also fill their market-cruising carts with already prepared meals and items from the daily special list, including five-pound bags of fresh ground beef ($1.99 on Mondays) and fresh salmon by the pound ($2 off per lb. on Fridays).
West Village Market & Deli fills pantries eco-responsibly with fresh groceries plucked from local suppliers wherever possible, and the deli creates symphonies of flavor with harmonizing legions of fresh ingredients. The Roast Beast sandwich folds roast beef betwixt a whole-wheat hoagie, accenting its rich flavor with horseradish mayo, roasted red pepper, red onions, spinach, and cheddar ($7). Herbivores and the herbi-curious can delve into a Tempeh's So Asheville sandwich, layered with grilled local tempeh, banana peppers, red pepper, red onion, leaf lettuce, dill havarti cheese, avocado spread, and pesto mayo, all delivered to their grisly fate by local kalamata olive bread ($7).
Owner Marcy Lanier and her crew of stylists take pride in creating the right cut and color for each of their clients at Willows Dream. During appointments, they apply their collective creative energy to help each person look and feel their best with a hairdo that flatters both their face shape and personality. Meanwhile, the team's aesthetician, Ginger, tends to the rest of the body's beauty needs, performing quick waxing treatments, vegan mani-pedis, and Xtreme Lashes eyelash applications. Her caring, professional touch has resulted in regular clients, and even earned her a spot on Mountain Xpress' Best of WNC 2012 list.
After treatments, guests can peruse the inviting gift boutique, a destination in itself, which is stocked with whimsical accessories, jewelry, local art, and high-quality hair products.
Doctor of chiropractic Lillian Thomas specializes in pediatrics and chiropractic for the family, applying gentle techniques that involve no twisting or cracking. With her toggle recoil technique, she balances the topmost bones of the spine to remove interference on the brain stem, keeping nerve channels clear. She takes her time through adjustments and consultations, working until she uncovers the root of the problem. With the help of her staff, Dr. Thomas also is able to develop personalized wellness plans that might entail corrective exercises, nutritional counseling, and advice on somersault form to prevent future aches.
For the past decade, Blue Sky Caf? owners Julianna and Mark Pletcher have continually added to a menu nearly as big and cheery as the restaurant?s namesake. Cooks are proud of their hefty, hand-formed burgers and their chicken?each served in a dazzling array of preparations?but there are just as many health-conscious wraps and salads and vegetarian and vegan dishes. A recent development is a creative, sweet-and savory brunch service, where cheese and garlic turn grits into a bowlful of decadence and prosciutto and parmesan put the Sicilian in a Sicilian frittata.
Kids get their own, more-flexible-than-usual menu, though they?ll have to weigh whether to dig in or finish what they?ve been drawing with provided crayons on the paper placemats. A further draw for tots is the playhouse that stands on an oasis of a patio, whose tall wooden fence encloses hanging lanterns, huge umbrellas, and plants trailing from every wall as they toward their goal of trying the sweet-potato fries everybody keeps talking about.