Energetic live music pulsates across the spacious quarters of Growler’s American Grill and Venue—once known as Awful Arthur’s Towers—as barkeeps fill mugs and growlers with local pale and brown ales, porters, and a slew of bottled favorites. Platefuls of hearty American and Southern favorites, from meatloaf sandwiches to fish 'n' chips, energize diners to take the stage for a round of karaoke, with the background music supplied by a DJ, live band, or brownnosing date.
At Brambleton Driving School's DMV-licensed institution, skilled teachers guide future road warriors toward four-wheeled proficiency with in-classroom lessons and open-road instruction. The tutoring team utilizes a stimulating learning environment and a curriculum entrenched in defensive-driving strategies to produce a generation of safe drivers and decades of car chases that remain within the legal speed limit. The classroom instruction covers the rules of the road and driving principles, which are put into practice during sessions behind the wheel.
Following the baton of music director and conductor David Stewart Wiley, the members of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and its chorus deliver concerts that cover a wide spectrum of genres, regaling ears with everything from sci-fi soundtracks to masterpieces by classical composers. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra also surprises audiences with visits from renowned performers by the likes of singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes and triple-threat Bernadette Peters. Before masterwork concerts, Wiley stages preconcert talks that give audiences musical insight on the pieces that will be performed. To complement its programming, the RSO records a podcast called Inside the Music, which broadcasts playlists off Beethoven’s first generation iPod.
Certified massage therapist Heather Riddle soothes aching muscles and stressed-out minds during each one of her custom Swedish or deep-tissue massages. Using aromatherapy oils as well as her skilled hands, she works out long-held tension and knots in her clients’ shoulders, necks, and backs.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 1 person
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Psychic reading
What sets your business apart from your competition?
As a professional psychic medium, I tailor your reading specifically to your needs. I sense the truth about the past, present, and future. I also tap into current and near-future situations, as well as the other people in your life. I connect easily to those that have crossed to the other side. Often, I sketch as part of your reading to illustrate the symbols, energies, people, guides, and colors that I pick up in your auric field.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
In 2010, I attended the Arthur Findlay College of Psychic Science in England, which is known as the world's premier college of mediumship. While there, three world-class mediums suggested I begin doing private readings and teaching psychic development. Until then, I'd never considered my natural gift as something other people would be interested in. It is now my utmost pleasure to offer readings and see the lives of my clients transformed.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I happily offer private readings by appointment only.
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
Enthusiastic repeat and referral business.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing fear and worry disappear from the faces of my clients as their confidence and peace is restored.
Blu Skye Hoops founder Kristin Marlowe helps her students develop a passion for dance and hula-hooping through drop-in classes or extended courses. After studying the graceful, hypnotizing techniques of hoop dance, students can execute mystifying combinations and impressive advanced hoop tricks and maneuvers.