One Christmas when Skinny Wheels founder Eric Phillips was young, his dad bought the entire family 10-speed bicycles for Christmas. Nearly every weekend after, he rode with his brother and father five miles into town for a biscuit breakfast before enjoying a leisurely ride back home. After years of riding for fitness and participating in races, he began a cycling club in Mocksville to encourage casual cyclists to explore Mocksville’s back roads and small-town geography. After finding that the lack of a local bike shop deterred riders who worried about getting a flat or repairing their own bikes, Phillips opened Skinny Wheels Bike Shop to fill that inconvenient gap.
Through the Skinny Wheels store, weekly summer rides, and cycling advocacy, Phillips hopes to nurture a casual cycling culture in Mocksville and encourage those who remain wary of cycling after being bitten in their youth by wild bikes. The shop’s mechanics custom-build bikes and tackle mechanical problems on everything from high-end cycles to department-store bikes. Fuji, Terry, Breezer, and Kestrel bikes cater to men and women traveling on the road, biking over dirt trails, or competing in triathlons, whereas used bikes provide an affordable starting point for new cyclists. Phillips summarizes cycling’s appeal by saying, “You experience life more on a bicycle than in a car,” whether you’re inhaling the fresh breeze over an open field or finding beauty in neighborhoods that a driver may ignore.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change package, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car—it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians—all of which have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)—service vehicles at Jiffy Lube. In addition to performing oil changes, technicians offer preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical-system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube’s quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.
While not managing multiple restaurants, The Stocked Pot and Company Executive Chef Don McMillan has cultivated local TV stardom by hosting a cooking show on NBC from 1986 to 2002. He later appeared on channels as diverse as Hallmark and Sundance, and Turner South and Fox Sports South, with celebrities including Dave Chappelle and Maya Angelou. His son, President, owner, and on-staff wine expert, Andrew, has acquired culinary knowledge from his travels to five continents and more than 28 countries, which steeped him in local traditions, authentic ingredients, and large cauldrons of curry. The Stocked Pot's chef-taught classes cater to all ages, experience levels, and epicurean desires. Aspiring chefs can learn to roll and construct creative sushi, properly wield a knife, or cook poultry. Printed recipes, which can be taken home, help students follow along and finally learn how to spell hors d'oeuvres. A retail store stocks tools to further aid in personal kitchens.
In 1996, Scrapbook Traditions began in the basement of Tracy Gilley's home. A woman named Jackie Scott had hired Gilley to put together a scrapbook of her life and family history as a Christmas gift. In five short months, Gilley produced more than 950 pages that covered more than a century of the Scott family history. When Jackie died several years later, all 10 scrapbooks were put on display at her memorial; guests at the service pored over the books and Jackie's son expressed his immense gratitude to Gilley for compiling the family history.
Scrapbook Traditions believes in the importance of scrapbooking to preserve memories and record history for future generations. The store offers an array of courses to help scrapbookers get started as well as shelves full of supplies, ranging from sheets of colorful 12?x12? cardstock and sticky adhesives capable of mounting bites of pizza from a couple's first date.
American saddlebred horses trot across more than 55 acres of verdant countryside at Jansal Saddlebreds LLC’s training facility, where experienced equestrians devote themselves to riding, breeding, and caring for their trusty mares and stallions. Budding riders bond with carefully selected mounts as instructors teach them to trot, canter, and conduct clopping symphonies in private or group lessons held in an outdoor arena or a lighted, climate-controlled indoor arena. Pastures, turnout paddocks, and scenic trails await beyond the arenas’ fences, where professional trainers Janelle D’Amato and Bobby Jones occasionally lead rides. The facility’s professional roster includes a litany of show-ring champions and a barn manager who curates shows in which horses can display their finest salt-lick sculptures.
Supreme Golf makes maintaining an oft-pricey golf addiction a bit easier on the wallet by granting golfers discounts at golf courses and golf schools, as well as cutting the price of books, golf clubs, and nutritional supplements. Golfers can enjoy relaxing, discounted rounds at area courses in cities across the country including such area courses as Bear Creek Golf Club in Dallas, Gateway National Golf Links in St. Louis and St. Andrews Golf and Country Club in Atlanta, soaking in the sights and badgering local pros for analysis of the annual caddie draft.