Since 1977, Alabama Professional Services has safeguarded homes against maladies that range from encroaching pests to damaged crawlspaces. Its licensed pest experts fend off critters such as ants, fleas, and rodents with an arsenal of baits, sprays, and traps. Using Sentricon or Termidor systems, they can even eradicate persistent termite colonies that would otherwise structurally damage homes or eat visitors’ wooden elbows.
The company’s home-improvement services extend beyond pest removal; with the CleanSpace crawlspace system, techs can reduce the humidity that causes mold to flourish. Their foundation leveling stabilizes homes, and their patio and fence installations save DIYers from a frequent fate: a patio built atop a quivering, bottomless pit.
The knowledgeable staff at Christine’s Feathered Nest helps clients bedeck beds and baths in luxury linens and fine furnishings, all hand-selected from around the world. Lafco candles ($59) illuminate spaces and kick off upscale séances, and guest towels ($11–$77), Gianna Rose soaps ($23–$31), and Niven Morgan bath and body products ($20–$33) lend a luxurious touch to bathrooms. Shoppers can jazz up nests with vases, lamps, and pottery bowls by Greg Combs ($25–$80), cosmetic cases ($15+), and a variety of duvets and coverlets. Pajamas ($46–$106) spoil sleepers with soft organic cotton or bamboo fabrics and self-counting sheep. Christine delights in culling fine furnishings from both well-known and up-and-coming designers for the boutique, originally launched out of a Civil War–era armoire parked in her own hallway.
Ulysses and Florence Cleveland opened their first flower shop in Toulminville, selling arrangements and seeds to locals in 1948. Five decades and three generations later, the flower shop may have moved but its dedication to fresh florals and greenery remains strong. Cleveland Florist showcases a variety of imported flowers, arranged into colorful bouquets to celebrate weddings, birthdays, and births. Clients can have a pitcher of yellow roses delivered to a sweetheart or send a spray of pink buds to express sympathy for a lost loved one. The shop makes every effort to bring these flowers into people's everyday lives from creating displays at the local library to hosting a segment on how to create a holiday centerpiece on the Rachel Ray show.
Bedzzz Express facilitates the best night’s sleep possible by taking inventory of customers’ sleeping habits to help them choose the perfect mattress. President Keith Krininger credits this practice with Bedzzz Express success, which has resulted in 32 store locations sprinkled across three states. In the showroom, models from Sealy, Serta, and Simmons cushion bodies at rest with a range of comfortable materials including foam and pillow tops that help lull customers to sleep. Mattresses and mattress sets are available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes and can be delivered locally.
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
At Bike Link of Hoover, general manager Joe Wenning and his cycling-inclined staff outfit riders with new bicycles and tune up bikes of all brands. Visitors peruse rides from Specialized, Electra, Felt, Raleigh, Cervelo and Redline, all available for onsite test rides and fittings. In the repair shop, technicians optimize bikes with everything from minor break adjustments to complete details and tune-ups, and can even be called upon to clean and wax bikes too shy to bathe outdoors.