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 caters to entertainment-seekers looking to nab movies, games, and accessories for both current gaming systems and the nostalgic platforms of yore. After successfully dodging fireballs hurled by the store's assistant manager dragon, customers browse used consoles that include PlayStation 3 ($229.99) and Xbox 360 ($129.99) systems, both of which can be accessorized with regular or wireless controllers ($35.99–$39.99). The friendly staff helps navigate the selection of current games, such as Madden NFL 12 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ($58.77 each), or can open a trapdoor to the store's hidden level that houses a cache of retro games ($2.99+). Previously viewed DVDs of popular Hollywood movies ($4.99) also line the shelves of all 10 stores, though each location carries a slightly different selection. This Groupon may also be used toward the cost of electronics repairs for PC computers, game consoles, iPods, and cell phones.
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.).
Lush treetops and weathered boulders embellish the grassy banks of Lake Tomahawk, the shimmering centerpiece of Black Mountain. Located at the core of the scenic peak, Black Mountain Paddle Board Co. rents out standup paddleboards that allow patrons to comfortably skim the water, exploring the lake or pretending to be amphibians to shirk their daily household chores. Adventurers in need of guidance can trail after instructors for an hour, learning how to navigate around a spouting fountain during lessons for individuals or pairs.