An array of gently used apparel and accessories eagerly await loving wardrobe homes through Second Chances' consignment program. Though inventory changes frequently, recent items have included Dooney & Bourke wallets ($20) and a like-new Coach bag ($75), which team up with skirts from Banana Republic ($14.99) or a flattering pair of Seven Jeans (all jeans less than $30). Among the fabric-filled racks, a selection of gowns ($100 and less) begs to be included in momentous wedding celebrations and trips before obedience-school deans. A dedicated formal room, replete with a multitasking style consultant, personal shopper, and seamstress, helps fashionistas make elegant selections like Judi Dench picking a kickball team.
Guns and Leather is as much an artists' studio as a shooting range. As onsite gunsmith for more than 30 years, Jeff Walle spends his days restoring and customizing firearms, sometimes machining a part for an antique rifle or working on an engraving.
Walle's respect for the tradition and history of firearms characterizes Guns and Leather, started by the Williams family as a humble 800-square-foot shop in 1999. By 2004, the Williams nearly tripled the size of their operation, moving to a 2,100-square-foot facility in Greenbrier. Today, they oversee a 75-foot indoor range split into five standard lanes with electric target retrieval and five computerized lanes with a Mancom system that can make targets pivot and moonwalk. They also supervise a 35-foot, 15-lane range in Hendersonville, which, like its predecessor, is outfitted with climate-control and air-filtration systems. Beyond supervising the ranges, the Williams also oversee a team of state licensed, NRA-compliant instructors that runs the Guns and Leather Shooting Academy, an instructional suite with courses tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to military personnel. To further demonstrate their commitment to responsible firearms practices, the Williams also coordinate a Junior Shooting Sports Program.
A private club, The Dogwood Hills Recreation Association whisks patrons away from workday stress and into the upscale comfort of its outdoor swimming-pool and golf facilities, which include a driving range, pro shop, and nine-hole golf course. With two distinct sets of back tees, the nine-hole layout takes the form of an 18-hole, 6,447-yard, par 72 course as golfers play through its bentgrass greens, bermuda fairways, and divot-dwelling gnomes twice over. Water hazards come into play on five holes, adding to Dogwood Hills' stately scenery and moderate challenges. Golfers can groom their game or upgrade their equipment by consulting the resident aces of the full-service pro shop or bulk up for more powerful drives with a meal of savory grill fare from the Dogwood Hills Clubhouse, which offers complimentary WiFi and permits entry for 9-irons that are housebroken and leashed.Course at a Glance:
The French Shoppe allows customers to explore a wide selection of women’s specialty items without rummaging through their boss’s closet while she’s at spin class. A helpful staff assists fashion hunters in selecting sportswear and dresses from a variety of designers, including Muse, Melly M, 525 America, Three Dots, and Simon Sebbag Designs, with a bevy of accessories from Yellow Box, Hanky Panky, and Deux Lux spiffing up wardrobes much more effectively than a set of chrome rims. Opt for sunglasses ($10+), rain boots ($42+), tops ($45–$120), and earrings ($15+), among other wearables. Additionally, the Park Place Center location carries eveningwear that will undoubtedly turn heads at banquets and air-hockey tournaments.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.