If geneticist and horticulturalist Gregor Mendel were still alive today, he would marvel at Rivergate Garden Center. Owner Jonathan Buck fills the nursery with plants from breeders such as the aptly named Proven Winners and the Conard-Pyle Co., which has been developing hybrid roses since 1897. From spring through the moment when the world's executive producers decide it's winter, the center is rampant with blossoming roses, lipstick-red weigela, and violet butterfly bushes engineered to expend energy continuously in colorful abandon. These plants also require less maintenance, as their stems resist frost and mildew and quit growing once they have reached a manageable, predetermined size.
Hendersonville Produce stocks its aisles with fresh fruits and veggies delivered each day, grass-fed beef, and seasonal favorites sourced from local farmers and vendors, such as Southern Artisan Chocolate and Sweetwater Cheeses. Customers can fill a basket with vine-ripe tomatoes ($2.59/lb.), juicy fillets ($12.99+/lb.), and gourmet cheeses ($6.99/lb.) to give homebrewed cuisine a fine-dining vintage. Mouths catch the fall spirit by sinking chompers into nutrient-rich squash ($1.99/lb.) and lit-candle-rich pumpkin ($2.99+). Hendersonville Produce also provides decorative seasonal items, including gourds and mums, as well as an arsenal of everyday essentials, such as half gallons of milk ($3.57), avocados ($1.99/each), jam ($3.99–$4.59), and solid-gold turnips. Shoppers can stop by to indulge in complimentary samples and refreshments on select days.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s showroom. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of couch accents includes the Cubit ottoman with flip top ($129), which can give any room or teleportation chamber a hint of bold, contemporary style. A pair of Aaron accent chairs ($249 each) adds charm to dining-room décor with sleek upholstery and three available color options. Shoppers can relax weary limbs or perform their best opossum impersonation on a Kyle sofa ($449.99), and electronics can rest their legs on a Maribel media chest ($449).
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.