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.
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.
Since 2001, Extreme Snowboard and Ski has populated the slopes of Sugar Mountain Resort with snow sportsters outfitted with rental and retail equipment, as well as apparel from brands such as Neff, Loki, and Grenade. The ski shop’s prime location at the entrance to mountain makes it a convenient stop for downhillers in need of rental skis or snowboards, a new pair of Spy or Smith goggles, or equipment tuning performed by the onsite repair technicians. The tech team treats skis and boards with the help of a Wintersteiger Micro 91, restoring their functionality and refining their bottoms until they can slide over snow with powder-cutting grace.
Christopher’s Wine & Cheese is located at the corner of Sunset Drive at Main Street in Historic Downtown Blowing Rock, NC - just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. We hand select each wine to reflect the best taste and value of each wine region – locally and around the world.
An ethnobotanical enterprise for more than 30 years and member of North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Reems Creek Nursery purveys tools, seeds, flats, and more to help gardeners and landscapers dote on the earth's appendages. After a lengthy interview process including thorough, situation-based lines of questioning, the team of specialists at Reems Creek personally selects from a diverse offering of attractive, climate-suitable, and goal-oriented flora. The plantatarium specializes in jackson and perkins roses, shade perennials, herbs, and flower- and vegetable-bedding plants. The lynwood gold forsythia ($29.99) comes firmly rooted in a three-gallon pot and a conservative family background, and the camellia lemon glow ($12.99) highlights gardens in yellow. Further accessorize a natural nursery with Virginia bluebells ($5.99), vegetable starts ($2.49/four-pack), and 32-plant flats of pansies ($14.99), or get herb-encouraging equipment such as a brightly painted metal watering can ($17.99) or Espoma plant-tone fertilizer ($5.99 for 4 lbs.).