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.
Easy Meals To Go offers busy cooks the chance to serve homemade cooking without the hassle of actually preparing the meal. The pre-made foodery offers a bevy of entree options, each of which serve 2–6 people and require the gentle embrace of the oven. Options include slow-cooked chicken cacciatore ($15), salmon ($15), and spinach and mushroom ravioli ($10), which cooks in five minutes or 15 seconds if thrown toward the sun.
Whether you're curious about the marine justice league or wish to erect an underwater general store before the impending kelp rush, an introductory scuba class is an easy and effective way to decide whether submarine life is right for you. In the three-hour Discover Scuba course, one of Blue Dolphin Dive Center's friendly and highly experienced instructors will outfit amphibious-aspirants with all necessary subsurface survival equipment. They'll then carefully dish on the basics of the dive, including safety precautions and basic breathing procedures, and soon after, students will be cast out into the water to explore the aqueous depths on their own, slowly gaining an appreciation for the joys of submerged living and the challenges of underwater archery. Though you won't be certified to scuba dive after one class, the course is a great chance to get acquainted with the equipment and get a feel for a flippered existence.
Boarding and Lesson facility, focusing on Dressage, Eventing and the Basics. Adults and children from age 5 are welcome. Pasture and full board, with lesson packages available. Owner is a Graduate A from the US Pony Club and a National Examiner, competed through Intermediate level in Eventing.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to snowboarding, skis, and ice skates. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man the Greensboro and the new Winston-Salem locations, ready to answer questions and arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.