A 14-year-old industry stalwart, Carolina Custom Sound and Security has consistently equipped homes with the most recent technological amenities while holding its technicians to an old-fashioned standard of courtesy and professionalism. They can upgrade a living-room TV and stereo into a 3-D, high-definition, surround-sound media room, or transform an unused quadrant of the home into a home theater complete with programmed remotes. Networking and communication services set up Internet connections and can also enable clients to speak with one another from room to room, room to pantry, or pantry to shoe closet. To protect investments, CCSS technicians install electronic security systems that they monitor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The instructors at Raleigh Krav Maga pride themselves on teaching students how to defend themselves while helping them lead healthy lifestyles. Their programs are all rooted in the Israeli self-defense system of Krav Maga. This combat style was designed to help students immobilize armed and unarmed attackers by moving swiftly from a passive state to an aggressive state, much like a Tasmanian devil rudely awakened from a dream of peacefully eating carrion. The instructors teach students to disarm assailants and break out of chokes, headlocks, and grabs, while responding with a fury of punches, elbows, and kicks. To whip their students into fighting condition, instructors train them with drills using heavy bags, focus mitts, and target pads, and promote proper conditioning with fitness classes. They also use the principles of Krav Maga to help women defend themselves against sexual assaults. In their self-defense classes, the instructors cover tactics against chokes, grabs, bear hugs, and weapons assaults.
Keith Weatherly of Earth Energy Solutions fine-tunes household climates with energy-efficient geothermal heating and air-conditioning systems in addition to traditional HVAC and radiant-heat systems. Recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the Planeteers for its energy-saving qualities, the geothermal system harnesses the earth's natural thermal energy to regulate the temperature in homes or businesses. Geothermal heat pumps circulate water stored underground through pipes to warm or cool homes as effectively as traditional systems, but with a much smaller carbon footprint. Earth Energy Solutions also offers a free consultation and home analysis for clients interested in installing a geothermal system.
Frame Warehouse creates professional, custom picture frames that are designed to protect all kinds of artistic creations and memorabilia while complementing their natural charms. Customers can choose from hundreds of ready-made mats and frames that translate into thousands of frame permutations, or they can opt for a custom design clipped from the crafty corners of their own minds. All framing products are of the highest quality—barrier papers, dust covers, acid-free products, and five kinds of UV-resistant glasses combine to permanently preserve your masterful fingerpainting from fifth grade or your collection of two-dimensional cross-sections sliced out of the world’s skyscrapers. Prices vary widely depending on how the customer navigates the flowchart from frame size to final product, but most jerseys can be framed for less than $200, diplomas can be framed for as low as $75, and posters can be framed for under $100.
Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design, Inc.’s owners, Charles and Carolyn, operate by a simple philosophy: “Frame it once, frame it right, and frame it forever.” For more than 30 years, the custom frame shop and art gallery has matched museum-quality frames with portraits, memorabilia, and portraits of memorabilia, earning repeated recognition from loyal customers and local publications such as Metro Magazine. Customers can peruse a selection of ready-to-hang frames or collaborate with helpful staff members to create a one-of-a-kind picture home, with a variety of framing materials, mats, and glass to choose from. On its walls, the family-operated store proudly displays work by local and regional artists interspersed with flawless Sunday crossword puzzles completed entirely in ink.