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.
Licensed contractor and carpenter Dustin Penland first put his skills to the test while attending Western Carolina University, where he led the Construction Management Club. A member of the National Association of Home Builders, Penland today offers an array of construction and home-improvement services, including timber framing, remodeling, and additions. In an effort to protect the environment, Penland encourages his clients to build Energy Star– or HealthyBuilt-certified homes, which cut operational costs in half, improve indoor air quality, and attract green-crested Captain Planets in the spring. Peruse his portfolio for a sampling of his work.
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.
TreasureKnit.com turns stiffly frozen memories into snuggly abode adornments, and its personalized products have been featured on the Today show, in Woman's Day magazine, and in gift baskets at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Customize protective coverings by uploading an image commemorating a wedding, a child's first day of school, or a photo finish in last year's Lens Cap Removal Derby.