Know Your Farms began in 2008 with a mission of building a more sustainable local food system for the Charlotte community. Since then, it's blossomed into a food-delivery service based off the principle of community-supported agriculture (CSA). Its members now pick up a box of fresh produce each week at a community location, taking home fresh, in-season ingredients from more than 30 area farms. Acting as a bridge between farmers and the community, Know Your Farms hosts an annual farm tour and runs a kids' summer camp, which teaches youngsters about cooking, nutrition, and gardening.
Dave and Ester DeFehr founded Daveste' Vineyards in 2003, and, after several years preparing the land, turned their first harvest into 500 cases in 2006. Today, alongside winemaker Sara Wooten, Dave and Ester continue to take a minimalist approach to winemaking, limiting their production to some 1,500 cases per year. Despite its size, the DeFehr's output has resulted in award-winning varietals, as well as both dry and semi-sweet whites and reds. Visitors to the vineyard may test some of that selection inside the property's rustic, timber-frame tasting room, which doubles as a gallery for local artists.
Tempt Boutique's upscale selection of dresses, denim, and designer jewelry sits on style’s sharpest edge, carving bold statements into the fabric of everyday outfits. Hand-picked vestments for men and women line the boutique’s shelves, with each selection stocked in limited quantities to ensure maximum wardrobe personalization and minimum risk of becoming embroiled in a wacky mistaken-identity plot. Embroidery adorns the back pockets of Miss Me’s Dark Static Crosses boot-cut jeans ($98), a dark-washed pair of leg huggers with deep blues punctuated by light whiskering patterns and imprints of sat-upon cats. Urban cowgirl looks complete themselves by pulling on belted harness boots from Frye ($238), perfect for walking, riding, and trampling. Coral-colored maxi dresses from Karlie ($89) integrate patterns of class and sophistication into their crocheted backs, and guys can salvage shipwrecked outfits with Desert Island button-downs from 7 Diamonds ($110).
In Motion Fitness builds comprehensive programs to inject clients straight into the beating heart of their fitness goals. Its staggering roster of services surrounds pain, obesity, high cholesterol, and other blights on good health and attacks them from all angles with physical training, online nutrition programs, exercise-program prescriptions, and scientifically calibrated fitness assessments. Although the entire staff holds physical-education degrees and licenses, their wildly divergent backgrounds range from arena-football coaching to zoology, and they bring their unique perspectives into personal training, group fitness classes, physical therapy, and massage. The staff's exercise philosophy combines the principles of corrective exercise with traditional methods such as pushups or dodging meteors to create regimens that not only make the body stronger but do it safely and scientifically.