Zoom Room’s dog training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when building confidence and communication, and it’s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Group classes cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness. Other classes include Urban Herding, where dogs herd exercise balls into soccer goals indoors, Scent Work, where dogs learn to sniff out missing car keys or the TV remote, and Pup-lates, which is geared toward overweight or senior dogs, or those recovering from an injury.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room’s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility’s selection of solution-oriented training gear, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Roots Café's menu draws from local meat sources and organic dairies to produce flavorful cures for community-conscious cravings. Choose three flavors for the hummus trinity ($5), with options such as roasted garlic, chipotle, spinach, and black bean. A variety of breads bracket six sandwiches laden with sauces, spreads, and cheeses. Roots's own barbecue sauce runneth over the pulled pork or tempeh ($8 each), and stone-ground mustard surrounds bratwurst with sauerkraut ($7). Mouthy rebels can ransack a slew of tasty cargo packed into catfish tacos ($9), including cilantro pesto, slaw, rémoulade, salsa, and guacamole.
Just because all of the loved ones in your life are outrageously allergic to salt-water taffy doesn't mean you can't still send them sentimental gifts. With today's Groupon, $37 nabs you $75 worth of flowers, balloons, and more sweet giveables from Tropical Images. Give a gift with distinction and aesthetic beauty that will earn you megaliters of affection.
Ever since flowers evolved beyond the need for vocal chords, these aromatic beauties have been delightfully seen and not heard atop tables in the most elegant homes of America. Johnson-Paschal Floral Company offers dozens of arrangements in contemporary and traditional styles. The bird-like flowers and Asiatic lilies of Paradise Found (starting at $59.99) are a surprise for anyone expecting a traditional arrangement such as the colorful Brighten Your Day vase (starting at $49.99), full of roses, alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, and asters. Strike a balance between the two with a bestseller such as Teleflora's Uniquely Chic bouquet of vibrant pink and orange lilies and roses in a clear cube (starting at $59.99) or the refreshing Teleflora Fragrance vase (starting at $49.99), a quaint bit of country charm that features spray roses, mini carnations, and alstroemeria with a gingham ribbon.
Sprawled across more than 200,000 square feet of retail greenhouses, Painters Greenhouse shelters nearly 700 varieties of flora, all cultivated start-to-finish by a staff of knowledgeable green thumbs. Retiring from their 320-acre farm in Pennsylvania a few years ago, owners Brad and Deenie Owen sojourned to North Carolina to helm Painters Greenhouse, where they aim to increase the production of native plants, vegetables, and water garden plants—all with sustainability in mind. Their vast inventory of perennials, annuals, herbs, and shrubs is joined by an impressive variety of native species—plant life that occurs in the area naturally and is beneficial to the local ecosystem. Blooming baskets and potted ferns mingle with decorative planters and space-saving gardening containers, while aquatic plants provide good hiding spots for squirrels scuba-diving inside Painters' decorative fountains.