Winner of the 2010 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence, Lowe's has been helping customers conserve energy and expletives with home improvement, gardening, and hardware solutions for every budget. With the store's friendly handypeople as their guide, nail-pounding novices and seasoned remodelers alike can outfit their toolbox for any undertaking with more than 6,000 products between $25 and $50. Impress spouses and annoy car-pooling coworkers by ably installing ceiling fans into your car roof. Add lighting fixtures to darkling domiciles, or finally finish your back yard's Super Mario Bros. level with Lowe's garden tools. The store can also mix together a rainbow of hues for painting projects involving dining rooms, nurseries, and sweat lodges. Afterwards, you can clean up the dust with a 6-Gallon HP Wet/dry Shop Vac ($44.97), or rinse off caulk-covered corpuses under the Moen Brushed Nickel 7 Spray Pattern Shower Massager ($49.98). Regardless of your mission, the accommodating staff at Lowe's will offer expert advice for completing your home's improvements.
Bring a project to Carter House Gallery & Framing and you’ll be presented with a seemingly endless selection of materials—the shop boasts more than 2,500 frames and 2,000 different mattes. As the on-site gallery (with pieces from both local and national artists) suggests, the team can expertly frame a variety of artworks and photographs. However, their projects aren’t limited to traditional subjects; in addition to memorabilia such as jerseys, Carter House’s team can frame flat screen televisions and digital photo frames. They can also restore family photographs that faded after people hung them in their car windows so they could use the carpool lane.
Games of volleyball and horseshoes, cookouts of grilled steak and housemade cobbler—it’s all a horse-drawn wagon ride away at Gold City Corral & Carriage Co. Each chuck wagon dinner package begins with a scenic ride to the River House, where family-friendly games and BYOB feasts await.
The wagon rides are one among many horse-drawn outings at Gold City, nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains’ foothills at Forrest Hills Mountain Resort where riders can also stay. Horseback rides whisk participants of all skill levels along guided trails, and can even include time beforehand for brushing and gossiping with the steed. Other jaunts include hayrides, as well as carriage rides along back roads or straight to the altar of your wedding if it’s held at the resort.
Since 2001, the friendly, professional technicians at Peach Design, Inc. have installed more than 1.25 million square feet of hardwood flooring—and that's not counting how many floors they've deep cleaned, recoated to restore shine, or re-sanded to a like-new finish. To them, hardwood represents an environmentally friendly, durable choice for home flooring that helps reduce allergies and is easier to clean than carpeting. When they install new floors, they approach the project with expertise and care—they always make sure the new flooring has gone through an acclimation process, where it adjusts to the home's environment and makes small talk with baseboards for two to four days before the installation itself.