Packard’s Games and Movies fuels friendly competition and hours of virtual entertainment with an eclectic abundance of gently used media. Gamers can fire up current consoles with a collection of used games, such as Halo 3 ($9.99) and Fable II ($7.99), which carry the ghosts of past triumphs to challenge their new owners. Those yearning for pixels of the past can dive into a rich selection of retro games ($2.99+) for vintage systems including Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Guide virtual superheroes as they jump across flames and elude persistent tax collectors with controllers for the Playstation 2 ($9.99+), Super Nintendo ($9.99+) or the Nintendo 64 ($12.99–$19.99). Stacks of previewed DVDs ($4.99) and Blu-rays ($8.99+) provide ample fodder for future movie nights. Each store has a slightly different selection, so call ahead for specific inquiries or simply browse through the cartridge- and disc-packed aisles in person.
Too much money. Too much time. Too much unused food wasted and thrown away. Chef Anna Conrad knows why many people forgo home-cooked meals, and, for that reason, she created Ideal Mealz to make it easier. She transforms her own gourmet dishes into easy-to-follow recipes that fill a 30-day rotating menu. Her customers choose the recipes they’d like to try, and, instantaneously, they receive a printable PDF with instructions as well as a weekly shopping list scaled to the number of people in the family or the number of seagulls that show up for dinner as soon as they smell bread. Most of her meals—which often include low-fat, low-carb, vegetarian, diabetic-friendly, and gluten-free options—cook in 15 minutes or less. And to save more precious minutes, Chef Conrad's multitude of recipes let home cooks prepare a month's worth of meals in a single afternoon—they need only preassemble ingredients and freeze what's left over.
Bordering the outstretched arm of the Pisgah National Forest and named for a storied rock formation, Blowing Rock forms the home base for summer hikes, fall foliage vigils, and football games at nearby Appalachian State University. An early home to Cherokee and Catawba tribes, the town became a refuge to families during the Civil War, and then to southern residents seeking a high-elevation shortcut to cooler weather. The scenic, serpentine Blue Ridge Parkway curves nearby, climbing undulating Appalachian slopes into the mountain air.Throughout massive swaths of nearby state parks and national forests, rafts careen over frothing whitewater rapids, bikes surge over famously striking and challenging paths, and fly-fishing lures arc toward trout lurking beneath the surface of natural and stocked lakes. Host to the annual Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show since 1923, the area stables a plethora of dashing steeds, enabling mountainside riding through Moses H. Cone Memorial Park and other verdant environs. Two-legged hoofing along the Linville Falls trails unveils a 90-foot waterfall among jagged, staircase-like rock formations cascading in a soothing susurrus into the Linville Gorge. Those who feel guilty about leaving a pet mannequin at home can appease it with presents culled from Tanger Outlets, a medley of upscale outlets including Banana Republic, Loft, and Polo Ralph Lauren.
What began in 1984 as a home business with a single phone has grown into a go-to source for women's apparel with retail stores across the country. Headquartered in Sandpoint, Idaho, Coldwater Creek curates a varied selection of elegant but comfortable clothing, ensuring closets stay stocked with more than just the relatives who only get pulled out around the holidays. You'll find everything from sweaters and jackets to jeans and dresses, as well as jewelry, handbags, and other extras for accessorizing new outfits. And if you can't make it to one of Coldwater Creek's physical locations, just head to the website to find the perfect cardigan, cashmere sweater, or pencil skirt.
Beginning with its grand opening on December 5th, Smart Auto's technicians will facilitate smooth, trouble-free traveling with skilled oil transfusions. During the roughly 30-minute service, mechanics cajole embittered fluids from the car and replace them with up to 5 quarts of fresh conventional oil. Next, staffers shuffle tires during the rotation to equalize tread wear and force hubcaps to socialize. Additionally, the team will set out on a 27-point trip around the vehicle, stopping to take a hard look at crucial components to validate the safety of the automobile and assess the state of its performance.