Climb to the second story of this bright boutique to find F. REES Ladies Upstairs, where colorful designer jeans are folded neatly on shelves and elegant Mud Pie and Vineyard Vines dresses dangle from hangers. Mannequins sport lacy blouses from Miss Me, while a countertop display showcases colorful bracelets from Good Works—a company that donates 25% of its net profits to provide backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged children.
When Renfro Hosiery Mills first opened in 1921, its 25 employees probably couldn’t imagine that their little company would grow into a worldwide, 5,000-employee empire. Today, under the banner RenfroSocks.com, that empire stocks a variety of brands whose styles span from no-nonsense athletic socks to novelty socks bedecked with cupcakes, Santas, hamburgers, and the human genome. RenfroSocks.com also stocks specialty medical socks, such as compression and circulatory diabetic styles.
Nestled on 225 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain foothills and operated by two passionate winemaking families, Grassy Creek Vineyard produces and bottles high-quality Yadkin Valley wines. Vineyard visitors, adorned with a pair of matching logo hats, peruse the wide selection of wines, selecting red or white to match gustatory preference or seasonal color coordination. An aromatically complex cabernet sauvignon from 2006 blossoms with a concentrated fruity bouquet of blackberries and plums ($18), and the 2008 chardonnay twinkles with light floral notes and a delicate, peachy disposition ($15). Grapes from Grassy Creek’s distinctive red soil collide in the hearty and chocolaty Red Barn Blend, a rich ambrosial bottle bursting with herby flavors ($16). Two included wine glasses make the perfect accessory for celebrative toasts to newly crowned benevolent despots.
Memories on Media's team of video-duplication techs takes old, obsolete media—such as VHS, Hi8, Digital 8, Video 8, VHS-C, Mini DV, and DVC—and transfers their contents to DVD. The techs check and test each transfer to ensure memories have remained intact.