Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the fine arts, co-owners, operators, and artists Chriss W. Hardy and Christopher Hardy are the beating heart of The Painted Room. Together—and with a team of highly specialized painters—the two execute a multitude of projects, ranging from specialty faux finishes to murals of Abraham Lincoln sporting the flat-top 'fro he kept hidden under his stovepipe hat. At their studio, the artists teach oil-painting classes suited for beginners, creating a casual environment where students learn to wield oil paints while sipping on brought-along bottles of wine.
A Pair of Painters’ crews work to put homeowners at ease; each client receives a rundown of painting procedures, and mats protect carpets from drips. Wielding rollers to fill in large spaces and brushes to cloak corners and paint over speed limits for Hot Wheels, the workers quickly cover indoor and outdoor walls.
Ashley Jaccard started honing her designer's eye when she was just a child. Her Aunt Teresa was a floral designer who encouraged Ashley to cultivate her creativity, and before Ashley even graduated high school she was assembling bouquets and working on wedding decor for her aunt's clients. Today, at Unique Interiors, she uses her formal design education and years of experience to customize homes to their dwellers, whether that means drafting lighting plans or helping to select new accessories.
Cut Above Lawn Care creates clean home exteriors and lush lawns with services ranging from basic trims and mulching to roof and gutter cleaning. Technicians can also clip hedges, blow leaves, or pressure-wash driveways, sidewalks, decks, and sides of homes with an environmentally friendly detergent.
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.