For nearly a decade, Ivey Landscaping's licensed lawn-care professionals have kept commercial and residential lawns looking fresh, lush, and bountiful. Its maintenance professionals review each lawn individually and then design a custom maintenance plan to keep the yard looking as fresh and green as the Incredible Hulk after a nap. Its services range from fertilization and weed control to mowing, aerating, seeding, and pruning. For lawns in need of a complete face-lift, Ivey's in-house landscape designer comes out to assess the grounds and provide designs in 2-D or 3-D renditions. The design services include lighting, irrigation, outdoor living areas, and installation of mature shrubs and trees. As an added perk, new maintenance customers benefit from complimentary curbside leaf collection, which prevents unsightly leaves from piling up and ruining a home's curb appeal or welcoming roving packs of leaf-jumping children.
As leaf-quitting season approaches, now is the ideal time to shift home-care gears from outside to inside. Pick up a Stanley six-piece screwdriver set for $6.99; a VPT rip hammer for $6.29; and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Illuminate the newfound décor with a 12-pack of Ace 3-way soft white light bulbs ($21.48), the better to see by as you make use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made for $2 a pop, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine ($25–$27 a day to rent).
Chelsea's Tea and Gifts dishes up a palatable menu of casual lunch and brunch fare in a quaint, Victorian-inspired setting. A rich Monte Cristo sandwich enrobes batter-dipped Texas toast in dustings of powdered sugar and maple syrup ($10.95), and tomato, basil pesto, balsamico, and mixed cheeses play a unique rendition of the classic grilled cheese’s flavor notes ($9.95). Made-from-scratch soups du jour ($3.95 cup/$5.25 bowl) flood bellies with a dizzying flavor rotation, befriending bread-bordered comestibles in a soup-and-sandwich combo ($11.95). The artisanal cheese and fruit board matches fragrant fromages from the Asheville Farmer's Market with fresh fruit, country-pork terrine, and grilled bread with basil pesto ($12.95). Seasonal Sunday brunch graces tabletops from March through December, and lunch makes an appearance Monday–Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.