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.
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.
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.
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.