Looking for a way to bring fresh, locally grown produce and antibiotic-free meats to consumers, founders Joseph and Vicky Allen and Chris Lewis corralled a cartload of local farmers to create Carolina Grown. After harvesting the hearty veggies, the staff members deliver handpicked comestibles directly to customers’ homes.
They also stock the residential kitchens of Carolinians with jams, nuts, herbs, fresh-caught seafood, and deli meats free of the nitrates and time cards associated with factory-farmed meat. In addition to supplying an abundance of fresh fare, Carolina Grown’s staff also educates consumers about sustainable living and the importance of eating locally through events such as farm tours.
Tameka Pettigrew, a group fitness, Zumba, and hip-hop instructor, helps clients get fit through the art of dance at Fusion Dance Fitness. She's certified to teach Zumba to adults and kids, and her Zumba classes blend dance moves from merengue, salsa, and cumbia set to catchy and high-energy international tunes.
For more than two decades, Village Cleaners' employees have cleansed garments, garnered expertise, and built a community reputation. Each of their three locations has a convenient drive-through drop-off window, and they are the dry cleaner of choice for several local hotels. More efficient processes allowed the laundry pros to lower prices and tackle more difficult tasks such as cleaning silk upholstery and hand cleansing expensive, fine-fabric clothing such as pants woven from Salvador Dali's shaved-off mustache hair. They also reinvest extra profits into local charities as a means to give back to the community that supported their growth.
A part of the Maximized Living network, Doctor of Chiropractic Kenneth LaDue aims to improve nervous systems and spinal health via gentle adjustments at his Cary office. Advanced equipment, such as thermography scans and digital x-rays, provide him with the means to locate areas of inflammation and deeper underlying issues, before he customizes each client’s treatment plan. Dr. LaDue is also on hand to provide clients with at-home exercises, nutritional advice, and well-being pep talks.
Just Playin' Around provides a stimulating daycare environment for kids. The spacious facility includes indoor playground equipment, a dining area, and a small, screened-in basketball court. The commitment-free hourly rates and discounts for multiple children make it easier for parents to drop off kids on an occasional basis. Because Just Playin' Around understands parents' busy schedules, they offer flexible packages allowing parents to pre-pay for up to 40 hours of care to be used as they wish.