AdvancePro Carpet Cleaning emerged more than a quarter of a century ago as a result of the owners' dissatisfaction with the day’s carpet-cleaning procedures. To develop a more-sophisticated and thorough method of cleaning, they practiced various techniques on their own carpets. They concluded that much of the mildew in carpets comes from moisture, which originates in homes’ crawl spaces. As a result, AdvancePro technicians expunge dirt and stains from deep within fibers and also spend time in crawl spaces, where they track down sources of moisture that can draw mold, mildew, and parched dust bunnies to carpets.
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.
The president of Northampton Wines, Richard deBondt, lends his perceptive palate and vast vino-centric knowledge to Italy Exposed, a one-hour educational exploration of the world's second most refined beverage after Tang. Learn proper tasting technique and pairing methods while sampling seven premium Italian wines, accompanied by a selection of Italian cheeses and fresh-baked bread from the Wine Café. Between sips, discover the basics of Italian wine-law and learn to read an Italian label, so you don't get fooled into buying a $500 bottle of moustache oil. Insatiable imbibers can also take advantage of a special 20% discount on all in-stock Northampton Wines merchandise.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
Kelly Ballentine Colacioppo is a third generation appliance salesperson. Her father owns a restaurant equipment store, so it’s fitting that her store, The Cook's Station, outfits home kitchens with professional-quality equipment. The selection of top brands includes GE Profile, Bosch, and BlueStar, whose 22,000-BTU gas ranges feature extra-large ovens and custom-configured burners modeled after those found in professional kitchens. Cookware from the Culinary Institute of America’s Masters Collection is designed by certified master chefs, and bakeware from Nordic Ware aims to create the perfect bundt cake. Unique gift collections from Nora Fleming, Beatriz Ball, and Casafina are also available. For those starting completely from scratch, the staff includes a licensed kitchen designer, a licensed contractor, and diagrams that illustrate the differences between forks and spoons.
However, The Cook's Station is not just about prepping kitchens—it’s also about prepping the people who use them. A full calendar of foodie events includes cooking and equipment demos, and an online cache of recipes gives chefs new meals to experiment with. Monthly Uncorked events explore wine and tapas pairings, and a knife sharpening service ensures blades are always ready to slice up veggies or that frustratingly impossible soufflé recipe.
Photographer Patrick Cox channels his obsession into each static narrative he helps to tell. During a one-hour outdoor sitting session (a $125 value), clients can dawn two distinct outfits to support their story. After an hour of snaps, flashes, and smiles, clients then set up a proofing time with Patrick, typically occurring within two weeks of the photo session. To commemorate the occasion, an 8x10 print (a $50 value) is included, giving future generations a glimpse into the not-so-distant past, when photographs were tangible and the Internet was purely imaginary. For more info for your eyeballs, check out the Cox Photography website to browse Patrick’s range of poignant portraiture.