A gaggle of wild-eyed fourth graders half-gallop, half-stumble headlong toward the stoic, inflatable Obstacle Course 360. They army crawl through the air-filled tunnel, dodge or trammel pop-up hindrances, before scampering up the final 8” wall and careening down the slide to start all over again. Asheville Festivities LLC's other inflatables engage kids with a host of fun-scapes, such as a 14” slide, a 13”x13” bounce area, or a bounce area connected to a ball pit. Asheville Festivities' staff deliver, set up, and take down the rentables any time between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
Celebrating five years under the current owners, Frame It to a T boasts a staff experience in a multitude of aesthetically driven fields—from visual art to interior design—but they specialize in conservation framing. The specialists expertly match jerseys, diplomas, photos, and artwork with acid-free mats and eye-catching frames. Ultraviolet-filter glass prevents sunlight from bleaching artwork or keepsakes, ensuring that prized childhood toys age as imperceptibly as a Twinkie. Those who do not already have artwork they wish to frame can peruse the shop’s selection of art and prints.
The mountain-savvy staff at Apex Ex equip people of all skill levels with the knowledge, gear, and plans necessary to explore the wilderness all year round. Seasoned guides and instructors, many of whom are trained by organizations such as the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Mountain Guides Association, lead classes that teach students important lessons ranging from backcountry snow basics to avalanche rescue. In summer months, the experts lead guided climbing and backpacking trips and teach riders to careen down rocky paths of every sort during mountain-biking lessons.
Joel and Jared, brothers and owners of Clear Perfection Window Cleaning, grew up in the window-cleaning business. They have been plying the family trade for more than two decades, honing and refining their techniques over time. Today, they continue to visit homes and brave ladders to scrub windows clean from the inside and outside. They leave windows looking transparent and sparkling as brightly as Excalibur at an important job interview.
Sometimes a tree dies, grows too large, or locks itself inside a broom closet and won’t come out. That's where Ben's Tree Service comes in. Its fully insured professionals tend to trees within Buncombe County and Haywood County. After drawing up a free estimate, they can trim back branches or fire up their chainsaws and digging equipment to remove trees completely, stumps and all.
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.