Though most people don’t visit hardware stores until 38 light bulbs simultaneously go out, the sturdily constructed walls of the local hardware store hold a smorgasbord of life-simplifying tools and treats, including standing fans ($19.99+), Scotts Turf Builder and lawn-fertilizer bundles ($11.99+), or King Kooker marinade injectors ($8.49), which are perfect for August 18th Day feasts. Ace has everything you need to finally organize your garage or refinish the hand-me-down dinner table you’ve had since you moved out of your parents’ house. Check out the corporate site for an idea of pricing for thousands of items.
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.
Owned and operated by Greg and Sheila Paul, Carolina Ace Hardware adds comfort and convenience to daily life with products, tools, and project-solving expertise. Secure sheds, trunks, and Fabergé egg display cases with an Ace 2-inch padlock ($11.99), and illuminate midnight-snack paths with mood lighting using dimmable GE Energy Smart 100-watt CFL light bulbs ($13.99 each). Messy projects clean up their act with a six-pack of ultra-strong Scott shop towels ($17.94), retiring soiled materials to Glad Odor Shield kitchen bags ($8.99) after their heavy-duty absorption is done (prices and availability may vary).
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.