Eagles Nest Outfitters: Brothers Peter and Paul Pinholster started ENO out of their minivan in 1999, crafting ultra-light hammocks out of old parachutes and selling them at music festivals. What a long, strange trip it's been since. Led by their best-selling, two-person DoubleNest Hammock ($70,, which packs down to the size of a grapefruit and deploys in seconds, ENO now employs 28 people in the heart of Asheville's South Slope district. "The community is relaxed, outdoor-loving and incredibly inspirational," says ENO's Natalie DeRatt. Plus, the factory is within a Frisbee toss of no less than six microbreweries.

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