Most service-industry positions come with a uniform. If not a prescribed one (think flight attendants and postal workers) then a suggested one (the all-black attire of waitstaff; the aprons donned by baristas). Still, Asheville manages to make work wear not so, well, uniform after all.
• The staff at the Chocolate Fetish (36 Haywood St., Asheville) always seem to having a good time. Could it be the hats?
• Behind the counter at Caffiend (120 Merrimon Ave., Asheville): forget the apron, it would hide the studded belt.
• Free from the daily grind, traveling street performers trade hair nets for face paint.
• Gearing up for dinner service at Cafe on the Square (1 Biltmore Ave., Asheville), a green tie breaks the monotone.
Try this on
Love the idea of making your own clothes, but not sure where to start? The Costume Shoppe (243 Haywood St., Asheville, 252-8404) offers classes on the basics and more complex aspects of sewing. Coming up: Make your own panties, July 18, 7-10 p.m. ($45) and form-making workshop, July 24, noon-3 p.m. ($40). To learn more or request a specific class, contact Amy at 252-8404 or firstname.lastname@example.org