The Appalachian Trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, running 2,180 miles over mountains, rocky slopes, and deep valleys. Since it was established in 1925, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has cared for the trail, maintaining 250,000 acres of public land. The organization educates hikers on Leave No Trace camping and why it's not a good idea to challenge a bear to a hugging contest.
Volunteers and trail crews build and repair shelters along the footpath and engage youth and community members in outdoor activities. In addition to these human-oriented services, the ATC works to protect endangered species living along the trail and to preserve the land's watershed streams and migratory corridor.
As vibrant and diverse as its inventory is, the Fine Arts Company has an unbending commitment to three specific colors: red, white, and blue. An exclusive showcase for items made in the USA, the company hand selects each of its featured pieces from American-based designers and artists, helping local artisans spread their work beyond the borders of their own communities. The ever-growing stock of unique gifts and collectibles ranges from ceramics, pottery, and wall art to jewelry and home accents made of glass.
But the company doesn't just support existing artists—it also helps everyday folks tap into their own creative talents through painting parties. During these BYOB events, experienced instructors lead students step-by-step through the creation of a one-of-a-kind work of art, imparting essential painting and beret-wearing tips along the way.
Heather O'Neill is a renaissance woman. She started her career as a mathematician, and then developed a strong interest in fitness after becoming a mother. She made a complete career change, racking up certifications and innumerable hours of exercise experience, before becoming the owner of South Pointe Fitness Club. Today, Heather oversees a variety of fitness services ranging from personal training to group fitness classes such as yoga, kickboxing, cycling, Pilates, and just lying on your back and staring at the ceiling fan sessions.