Through every step of its manufacturing process, the family-owned Wilkerson Farms goes the extra mile to produce flavorful, all-natural cuts of beef. Its Black Angus cattle lazily loll among grassy pastures and freely roam for grass, hay, and fresh water year-round, taking in the fields’ creeping winter fogs, crisp spring rains, and symphonic summer cricket concerts. Cows are further fattened by a diet of animal-protein-free feed that includes zero additives, resulting in beef that’s free of antibiotics, added growth hormones, steroids, or implants. Before processing, cows are fed grain as a finishing ration, which sculpts the beef with taste, texture, and marbling. Lastly, Wilkerson’s butchers dry-age beef 14 days before trimming it, sealing in flavor and tenderness like a laminated Al Green record.
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.
My Back Porch rewards deal-seekers by stocking gently used garments, accessories, and shoes from well-known brands, all of which undergo a thorough selection process to ensure they're in near-pristine condition. The shop invites leisurely browsing with its cheerful red and yellow walls and bright lighting, which illuminates the Ralph Lauren and Hollister tags peeking from shirt collars and the stitched names of Coach and Vera Bradley emblazoned across purse linings. Glass jewelry counters glint with a collection of earrings and necklaces, and leopard-print chairs face racks of shoes, beckoning guests to sit and ponder which pair of heels would work best for aerating their lawns.
The optometrists at MyEyes Optometry diagnose and treat ocular issues ranging from imperfect vision to injuries. An inventory heavy on designers such as Gucci, Vera Wang, and Lacoste outfits faces with stylish prescription or non-prescription eyewear, and an array of sunglasses protects patrons from the sun and accusations that they aren’t actually fighter pilots. The shop also supplies all types of contact lenses, and newly eagle-eyed patrons strut out after Lasik treatments.