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.
In 1950, John Searcy loaded up his pickup truck with car batteries and began peddling his wares to wholesalers. Two years later, John formalized his operation and began Interstate All Battery Center, a battery retailer and service center that spans the continent from Austin to Anchorage powering cars, hearing aids, and cameras. Interstate All Battery Center charges gadgets and vehicles with more than 16,000 types of power solutions, and eases environmental taxes on the planet with a robust battery-recycling system. In a year, Interstate All Battery Center recycled 850 million pounds of batteries—just enough energy to grant immortality to one Furby.
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.
In 1916, Jim and Elizabeth McClure moved into Appalachia, fell in love with a dilapidated old farm, and founded Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Five generations later, the farm is still going strong. It raises animals and produces 100% grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork and chicken. In the summer and fall, berries spring up out of the ground and families from across the region descend to pick them straight off the bush and devour whole baskets of sweet blueberries and blackberries.
The premier time to be on the farm is in the fall, when apples come to harvest. As the leaves turn, the 90 acres of working farmland transform to match them. Visitors can venture through the corn maze and visit with farm animals seven days a week. Although not included with general admission, on weekends visitors can also ride on horses, hay rides, and kiddie carts. The corn maze leads guests through a twisting path of stalks that sway in the breeze, and only correctly answering the farm-themed questions will get you to the exit and the chance to buy a chilled cup of apple cider.