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Now under new ownership, Maggie Valley Gem Mine has been taken over by Rock-N-Roll Ink. ...And the Rock-N-Roll crew have something for you! We have changed the name of the rock shop to "Rockin’ Rock Shop, and we have added Photography on the Roll. What is up with all the changes? I am glad you asked... Rockin' Rock Shop offers a variety of gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, and some very unique jewelry (crafted from local artists). We also have other items available to accommodate a wide budget range. But, what is a Rockin' Rock Shop without something on the Roll? Presenting... Dut-da-da-da... "Photography on the Roll". It is photography gone mobile. We offer old time photos, glamour shots, group and event photography, wedding photography, and sooooo much more. Here in the mountains things don't always happen in a studio. With all the natural beauty around us, we knew that others would need our services wherever they may wander. So, at "Photography on the Roll" we went mobile. Yes, we have the saloon for the old time photos, and we went further, we built a real covered wagon for a charming covered wagon photo shot. We also have a parlor for our studio shots. However, here in the mountains, nature provides one of the best backdrops available. We have mobile rates low enough to photograph your group wherever you may roam. We have gone as far as Cades Cove, TN to photograph large groups (mileage charged over 20 miles). We are "On The Roll. to accommodate your group or special event! There truly is something for everyone at Maggie Valley Gem Mine, Rockin’ Rock Shop & Photography on the Roll
My wife and I have been seeing Dr. White for our dental care and that of our children for over 20 years. We are well into our 60s, so we've seen many different dentists in our time as we've moved through several states before settling here in the Asheville area. Dr. White grew up here in Asheville and was educated at UNC Chapel Hill, one of the finest schools in the world. We have never been more pleased than with the care we have received from Dr. White. I do not make a statement such as that capriciously. I have highly sensitive teeth resulting in my developing a phobia of the dentist early on in my life. Getting me to sit in a dentist's chair at all is remarkable in itself. When it comes to dental care I am not an easy person to please. To make matters worse I have average teeth at best. I've been around health care professionals all my life. My father practiced medicine for over 50 years. My wife is an RN. Practicing medicine is a science with a good dose of art heaped in. Make no mistake, I know a good medical professional when I see one. Dr. White bears all the hallmarks of a top shelf medical professional. He truly is just that, top shelf. Additionally, I have recommended Dr. White to others, some of which have needed extensive work. All of those people I sent to Dr. White thanked me profusely for that introduction.
We went to Maggie Valley on our vacation and the kids wanted to stop at the rock shop. Holly & Fred were awesome. The kids were having so much fun mining for gems that I got a bucket. We all learned a lot about rocks and found sooooo many cool rocks. These folks went out of their way to make sure we all had a good time. And you have to pet Jordy (the cat). He is on a leash in the front yard. This place was very cool when we were there, and we look forward to the improvements they are making. See you guys next year... This place was the highlight of our vacation. And they pointed us towards all the cool local stuff. They offer a discount for a good review but we give them two thumbs up without being paid!!!
I attended a private function at The Fireplace on Sunday for my husband's co-worker's son's graduation and go party. The meal was fabulous. I had just eaten a favorite, 12 Bones on Saturday. This place is no 12 Bones but the food was just as good in a different way- like apples and oranges. The BBQ ribs reminded me of my grandfather's ribs. They were tender and no extra sauce was needed. The potato salad and the coleslaw were pretty tasty as well. If I had an event to plan and wanted a surefire down home meal, I would not hesitate to give them a call. Well, whether I need catering or not, I will be sure to return for the good food, friendly service, and nice rustic ambience.
Another one of Asheville's family friendly places to visit. The menu itself is Americana and even offers breakfast all day long. As someone who could eat breakfast three times a day, this earns major points with me. And the breakfast menu is pretty darned good. All three of my kids (6, 10, 12) have their favorites and for once they all agree. When we take them they either get the chicken strips or the chocolate chip pancakes. We typically visit at the lunch hour and we have yet to have to wait for seating no matter how crowded they are. I imagine that Sunday at lunch might be a different story
If this is the business owned by Quincy Brock, I can attest that he is the best! He and his crew made a 9 foot retaining wall around my house and saved my home from being eroded away. Quincy and his crew are dependable, affable workers who always arrive on time and give you their best. They are polite and easy to communicate with. Their prices are reasonable, and they are efficient. I have never been so impressed and grateful for having found Big Ivy Enterprises and Quincy Brock! They literally saved my mountain home from sliding down the mountain.
Excellent service. Being a 1st time visitor, I was given a comprehensive dental exam like X-Ray, mouth cancer evaluation, gum disease evaluation etc. and the likes. My visit was due to first molar which requires bonding but all the basic work up were covered including tartar removal, plaque removal and teeth polishing. The place has a homey ambiance so I think it helps to relax a bit and not get too tensed of the dental visit. Would definitely come back in the future for another dental work.
Sunny Point Cafe knows how to make a biscuit! Be prepared for a lengthy wait (we have a party of 6 and waited 90 minutes), but they warn you in advance that it'll take a while. While waiting, there is coffee and water available as well as live music and a garden to walk through. This made the wait much more bearable. Once we got seated, the food was well worth it! When a restaurant does breakfast right, people take notice. I would absolutely recommend if you're not on a tight schedule!
Stayed here with friends, booked at the last minute. Good location, 8 dollar can ride to down town. The room was clean and no issues. The staff was outstandingly nice and thoughtful. Had some great conversation with their front desk who even called to check up on us that everything was to our liking. Outside was clean and well lit in a decent area of town. Not a five star resort but definitely a great bang for your buck, would stay here again anytime
Great friendly staff. Great range of procedures very nice day before notice call if you want. Big verity in personality with 5 doctors and 5 or more hygiene staff members. He isnt just there to do his job and get out he and all the staff care about you and your family. Please note that they do appreciate at least a 2 day notice on cancelations. Also in case of emergency after hours doctor phone number is on voicemail.
A concrete contractor is a professional who places, colors, finishes, repairs, and maintains concrete, whether for interior, exterior, residential, or commercial use. Many homeowners use contractors for projects like driveways, pools, and patios.
Concrete is a durable, sustainable substance that can be colored, shaped, and stamped into almost any design. It's more energy efficient to produce and allows less heat and cold to escape than other materials. When working with a skilled contractor, homeowners can use concrete to significantly increase the value of their property.
Concrete driveways are a popular choice because of their durability - they can last up to 30 years - and low maintenance requirements. A basic concrete driveway runs between $3 to $10 per square foot, while a customized or decorative driveway costs between $15 and $25 per square foot. While they're durable overall, concrete driveways are more susceptible to cracks, and harder to repair than asphalt or other alternatives. In addition, patch jobs and stains from gas and oil on concrete are more obvious.
Patching a concrete driveway costs between $6 and $10 per square foot, while resurfacing costs about $2.25 per square foot. Resurfacing is a nice middle ground between multiple patch jobs and a complete replacement. During the process, a contractor removes and replaces the top layer of concrete.
Concrete patios run anywhere from $6 to $17 per square foot, depending on customization and the intricacy of the design. Like driveways, they last for several years and require minimal maintenance, making them a nice alternative to wood. Homeowners don't have to deal with termites, splintering or wood rot. In addition, because concrete patios are a single, solid surface, there are no cracks through which weeds can grow. What's more, concrete patios can be made to fit any area, so owners don't have to worry about curves or hard corners. Many homeowners choose to stamp or stain their concrete patios to mimic brick or stone, getting the same look as these materials for a much cheaper price.
While concrete driveways and patios are cost efficient in the long term, concrete pools require frequent maintenance and expensive renovations. They need to be resurfaced and retiled every 10 to 20 years, which can set owners back $10,000 or more. In addition, it takes anywhere from two to four months to install a pool. That said, concrete pools are more flexible than any other option. Unlike fiberglass pools, they aren't built from a mold nor are they limited to shipping restrictions. In addition, concrete pools do not depreciate in value the way vinyl liner ones do.
Alternatively, concrete pool decks provide a safe, slip-resistant area that adds to the beauty and atmosphere of the pool area. They are faster and cheaper to install than other materials, costing about the same price per square foot as a concrete patio. When it comes to the coping, the material used to cap the edge of the pool, owners of a concrete deck can use stone, precast concrete or poured concrete. Stone is the most expensive option, while precast concrete is the cheapest and easiest to install. Poured concrete, meanwhile, provides the most even finish.
Concrete is the most popular material used to construct basements because of its versatility and moisture resistance. Additionally, poured concrete is resistant to fires and cave-ins. Masonry walls - where the walls are constructed with concrete blocks - have several joints that can undermine their structural integrity. These walls must be properly waterproofed to prevent seepage from soil outside. Homeowners can also choose precast panel basements, where the concrete walls are poured ahead of time and lifted into place with a crane. A single concrete wall costs about $5,000, most of which goes to labor.
Removing concrete costs about $1 to $3 per square foot, but there are several factors that push a demolition job into the thousands. The contractor might charge additional fees if the concrete is hard to access - for example, if it's surrounded by fences or large trees that block construction equipment. They might also charge extra for thicker concrete, complex installations, or if the homeowner wants to preserve part of the original design.
Concrete countertops are custom designed and handcrafted by a designer or architect. Most of their cost comes from the design process itself, but the material runs between $65 and $135 per square foot. Installation costs approximately $40 to $50 per hour. Traditionally, concrete countertops are viewed on the same level as luxurious materials like marble and granite. They provide a seamless, long-lasting surface and can take any form or edge design, making them more customizable than other options.
Costing between $10 and $20 per square foot, concrete floors add a modern, stylish element to interiors. They require minimal maintenance, are easy to clean, and resist scratches from pets. They're also odor resistant, so any spills or accidents won't leave long-lasting smells behind. Because concrete absorbs heat, the floors can even reduce heating bills. They're uncomfortable to stand on for long periods of time, however, and they can create an echo. While concrete floors last longer than carpet or laminate, areas with heavy traffic are known to develop hairline cracks.
Stamped concrete is textured to replicate other materials, such as stone, slate, brick, tile, and even wood. In fact, stamping is generally preferable to using these other materials because it provides the same look as stone and brick at a much cheaper cost. In addition, stamped concrete is more durable than other options, especially wood. Prices range between $8 and $18 per square foot. More realistic designs require multiple patterns and colors, increasing the cost.
Acid-based stains mix a water-and-acid solution with inorganic metallic salts to create a chemical reaction that permanently alters the color of concrete. The result is a beautiful, marble-like look. Unlike tinted sealers or coatings, acid stains penetrate the concrete itself and leave no film behind. Although they provide the richest colors of any stain, they're limited to a handful of earth-toned options. Many manufacturers only offer acid stains in eight different colors.
Non-reactive stains offer unlimited color options but lack the depth of acid stains. These aren't exactly true stains - rather, they're coatings, dyes or sealers that sit on top of the concrete, filling the pores with pigment. These treatments are called non-reactive stains because they do not create a chemical reaction like acid stains.
Colored concrete is created by blending liquid, granular or powdered iron oxide pigments with natural concrete. These pigments are either mined directly from the earth or manufactured in a chemical plant. Iron oxide particles are about 10 times smaller than those of concrete. Therefore, when mixed together, the pigment masks some of the natural concrete color. Gray concrete is harder to color than white, so most manufacturers will only mix in dark pigments. White concrete accepts any color but is more expensive than gray.
Decorative, colored, stamped, and stained concrete must be cured to minimize efflorescence, a powdery, white substance that forms on concrete surfaces. This occurs as water in the concrete evaporates, carrying calcium hydroxide with it. When the calcium hydroxide mixes with the carbon dioxide in the air, it becomes calcium carbonate, which remains on top of the concrete. Efflorescence isn't visible on gray surfaces, nor is it damaging, but it ruins the look of color-treated designs. Wet curing is the best way to cure concrete and prevent efflorescence, but it's hard to do so evenly. As such, most people choose liquid curing compounds instead.
Wet concrete can irritate the skin or cause first-, second-, or third-degree chemical burns. Cement dust contains silica, which damages the lungs and can lead to cancer or silicosis. Many concrete mixtures contain cement, so homeowners should be careful if contractors create the concrete on site. Anyone who touches wet concrete or dust should wash their skin with soap and cold water.
As with any home improvement project, it's best to shop around before hiring a professional. Homeowners should ask questions while vetting potential contractors to find one whose terms suit both need and budget.
Homeowners should work with a concrete contractor who is either certified by or a member of one or more trade organizations for high-quality results. These individuals adhere to professional guidelines and are versed in industry and safety standards.