7980 Arco Corp. Ste. 105Raleigh, NC
Smoot and her business partner saw the need for a “food pantry for furniture,” so they decided to put their staging expertise and business acumen to work. Since creating The Green Chair Project in 2010, they have furnished 624 households for people in need and eliminated 577 tons of home furnishings from landfills. Their 25,000-square-foot showroom features stylish groupings of gently used housewares for people who are transitioning from homelessness or incarceration, escaping domestic abuse, or recovering from a fire or natural disaster.