The scent of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as customers carrying complimentary paper bags of the buttery kernels meander through aisles of birding supplies, gardening tools, home décor, and eclectic gifts from around the globe. Eighty employees advise customers on home projects and purchases such as gas and charcoal grills from brands including Big Green Egg and Weber. Before new grills fire up hamburger patties or outstanding parking tickets, the kitchen department's wall of gadgets, serving ware, and party supplies completes any checklist of barbecue necessities. The home-repair and project areas include a Benjamin Moore station with custom paint-blending services to mix up sample colors to find the perfect hue. Outdoors, the garden area encloses a hand-selected assortment of leafy green plants in a natural, garden-like setting alongside birdbaths and fountains. The birding department carries more than 100 different feeders and specialty seed blends to attract tiny hummingbirds or tiny bee-riding knights.
The doors to Asheville Community Yoga's donation-based studio open to a team of experienced yoga instructors and a bevy of classes. Though the classes don't have a fixed cost, the staff encourages students to give $5–$15 for regular classes and at least $15 for special events and workshops. These offerings—in addition to donations from local organizations and health-conscious tycoons—go toward maintaining the studio space, which can hold up to 55 students, has a heated wood floor, and houses complimentary yoga equipment.
Upstairs Downstairs Home Services deploys squads of expert sweepers to purge area homes of grime. Technicians arm themselves with their own supplies, such as eco-friendly products and vacuums with HEPA filters. Every abode receives a makeover from the same maid on repeat visits, ensuring familiarity with its nooks and page-long password to its secret laboratory. Upstairs Downstairs also donates spot-scrubbing efforts to Cleaning for a Reason, an organization that aids breast-cancer patients and their families with home-cleaning services.
The job of a SupaKleen technician doesn’t begin with a mop and a broom; it begins in the classroom. Before they head out on commercial assignments or residential house calls, the bonded and insured SupaKleen staffers must undergo rigorous training. Afterward, their supervisors continue to track their progress, whether the staff is scrubbing kitchens and bathrooms, steam-cleaning carpets, or pressure-washing stains and the graffiti of rival squirrel gangs from siding. SupaKleen’s commitment to training makes it a favorite helper at construction sites and a reliable source of janitorial services, including floor waxing and mold repair.
The trusted handymen at Carpenter Home Services and Repair handle home-improvement projects related to carpentry, plumbing, pressure washing, and general odd jobs. The team’s repair and remodeling acumen extends from deck construction and sheetrock to electrical work, giving homeowners a safe and attractive living space that they can show off to friends, neighbors, and roving gangs of 18th-century British street urchins.
Greenville Glides' experienced guides shuttle sightseers through downtown and surrounding neighborhoods on a fleet of smooth segway riders. Tour leaders toss out pearls of local history to guests as they traverse the city's booming industrial areas, lush parks, and red-brick warehouses. Groups can take a quiet, contemplative moment in front of a local waterfalls or honor their visit to the Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza by intentionally losing the race back to the parking lot.