Grovewood Cafe could very well be a cottage from a fairytale. Greenery seems bent on overtaking the restaurant and completely surrounds its patio, where whimsical sculptures from Grovewood Gallery pop up from the ground. On the inside, flowers bring color to tables bathed in light from oversized windows. And, like many a Brothers Grimm character, chef and owner Larry Waldrop depends on local farms for sustenance.
Larry believes that the best meals are made from scratch, and without too much help from machinery. He prefers to chop his meat by hand, for instance, rather than use his government-issued butcher robot. His menu of Southern-inspired plates gives credit to several area farms?there's grilled meatloaf from Hickory Nut Gap Farm, pork from Heritage Farms, and chicken breast from Ashley Farms, which arrives encrusted in crunchy walnuts. Every day, there's a special free-range omelet available for lunch. And if you're in the neighborhood on a Sunday morning, stop by for the Grovewood's take on eggs benedict with fried green tomatoes, grilled Sunburst Farm trout, and swiss chard.
Biltmore, located in Asheville, NC, is America’s largest home. The estate encompasses more than 8,000 acres including renowned gardens; Antler Hill Village and Farm; our Winery; a four-star Inn; Biltmore For Your Home, the company’s licensed products division; and Biltmore Inspirations, Biltmore’s party plan business.
With a knowledgeable sales force and more than 250 snoozing accoutrements including an array of Kingsdown mattresses, Affordable Bedding turns comfortless bedrooms into fluffy sleep shrines. Friendly staff members guide guests through the store, allowing them to leap from mattress to mattress in search of spine soulmates and hidden peas. A queen-size Stafford pillow-top mattress ($699.95) comforts sore backs with a 2-inch quilt top that traps nightmare villains in two layers of foam, while Kingsdown queen sets ($799.95–$1,399.95) provide the full royal treatment. The breathable fabric that comprises comfy pillows ($19.95) and Pillow Plus mattress protectors ($49.95–$79.95 depending on size) can repel moisture and ward off dust mites, and solid-wood furniture items are also available to cradle bedstuffs in wear-resistant style.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
Junk Recyclers takes an earth-friendly approach in all that it does, down to the solar-powered hosting company it enlists to power its website. Similarly, its junk-removal services aim to keep 85% of the junk it collects out of landfills. The company does this by first attempting to resell any salvageable goods at The Regeneration Station, a thrift store that sells any up-cycled, salvageable, or repurposed goods collected. If the items don’t sell, the staff of junk recyclers breaks them down by hand in order to remove all of the recyclable parts, and then discards only what cannot be sold, recycled, or repurposed as beanbag stuffing.
Humans can find the missing pieces for their homes and kitchens with the lightly used furnishings and appliances at Second Chances Thrift Store, but homeless animals are the ones that really benefit the most from each sale. That's because the shop donates all proceeds to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter and a foster program for homeless animals that might otherwise roam the streets with their possessions in a handkerchief tied on a stick. A large inventory of kitchen appliances, books, and furniture flows constantly through the store. Additionally, shoppers can find antiques peppered throughout the selection, identifiable by their black-and-white appearance.