Mornings are a busy time at The Apple Valley Creamery. That’s because the staff has to rise as soon as the sun peeks over the horizon in order to prepare the day’s stock of housemade ice cream, fluffy loaves of bread, and vintage-inspired bakery goods. From the shop’s backroom, staff watch over ice-cream makers that churn out as much as 1,000 gallons per week of more than 50 flavors of ice cream, including customer favorites such as butter pecan, caramel turtle fudge, and french vanilla bean. The creamy scoops that result can be paired with chunks of the house’s signature apple-cinnamon bread or scrumptious bakery goods.
Preacher and photographer Jim Eastin shares his passion for storytelling through Taking Better Photos classes and tours. During the Smokies tour, Jim teaches group members how to use their cameras to wordlessly tell stories about nature. Photographers practice shooting, and Jim gives them tips on how to make a compelling photograph. For those who prefer to tour at their own pace, Jim’s tours are available on audio CD. Alternatively, Jim’s library of instructional DVDs facilitate at-home learning and include titles such as Composition and Creativity, Photography at Night, and Photo Editing on Your Computer.
Award-winning photographer Gary Woods strives to capture the spirit of his subjects with beautifully crafted in-studio or on-location photo shoots. Photogenic groups gather at a predetermined city locale or secluded Great Smoky Mountains outcropping, where Gary snaps photographic evidence of heartwarming family camaraderie or a sibling’s intense fear of bright flashes. An in-studio or online portrait viewing allows clients to select a favorite design and discuss digital retouching. The two-hour photo shoot encompasses an unlimited number of subjects, allowing extended families and barbershop octets to capture timeless images on 16" x 20" matte-finished prints. Though not included in the Groupon, matte ($45+), canvas ($189+), and giclée ($275+) additional prints are available for purchase from the studio.
A clean carpet feels soft underfoot, bolstering the comfortable aura of one’s own living room or bedroom. To bring about this sensation of hominess, techs from Hydra Green Clean Carpet Cleaning show up to launder carpets and upholstery with eco-friendly chemicals and a powerful truck-mounted cleaning system. Minimal water is used during custom home treatments, allowing for faster drying time and less environmental waste. The company is also fully licensed and insured for more complicated services such as extracting water, repairing water damage, and explaining to neighbors why you have locks of their hair.