Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning was ranked #72 on Entrepreneur's 2013 list of the top 500 franchises, and for good reason. The carpet-cleaning company is completely eco-friendly, using a specially formulated, water-based cleaning solution that’s safe for pets, children, and nature. Riding this wave of popularity, the company sees new owner-operated franchise locations popping up like sudsy bubbles across the U.S. every year. Though the company specializes in carpets and area rugs, technicians can also use their cleaning expertise to lift stains from car upholstery, floor tiles, or a robot’s mohawk.
Jason Robertson comes from a long tradition of remodeling homes; his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all builders. As the owner of The Tile Gallery, this fourth-generation expert leads a design team to plot out custom tiling projects and install flooring in customers' homes or luxury birdhouses. The crew can arrange patterns ranging from simple staggered brickwork to multiple-tile layers to decorate showers, form wall mosaics, or add a rustic touch to kitchens. Customers can peruse their show room filled with tiles made from ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, or recycled materials, as well as flooring options that include hardwoods, cork, and carpet.
Duane West's stake in his construction business is more than just ownership, it's an investment in his hometown of Salem. The three R's in his business's name encompass a holistic approach to household maintenance, calling for repairs, remodeling, and remediation, or the destruction of harmful mold and fungus, to ensure structural soundness. His team's multidisciplinary approach covers stonework, woodwork, demolition, construction, and nearly any other service that could turn a house into a home or a fallout shelter into a walk-in closet.
Associated Heating and Air Conditioning's professionals refurbish heating and cooling systems, employing specialized training during appointments scheduled 24 hours a day. Specialists commence forced-air maintenance with inspection of oil, motors, and electrical components, before changing air filters or wicking them clean. Depending on whether the home in treatment is kept warm via electric furnace, gas furnace, or a burning stack of old VHS tapes, technicians cycle and change out the system's specialized heating implements. After measuring temperature differences between air supply and return and recalibrating all safety, pump, and thermostat controls, staff vacuums furnaces and purges debris from unit interiors. To protect against passing cumulus clouds shaped like raindrops, technicians also wash and wax outdoor units. Associated Heating's duct irrigators review the limitations of all equipment involved prior to service and guarantee complimentary re-working if customers are not fully satisfied for up to one year following installation.
On Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, a sea of vendors and spa technicians transform the Lane Events Center into an escape for women of all ages. The Just for Women Expo's two days of sensory indulgence and shopping benefit visitors twice over, as 50% of ticket-sale profits are donated to organizations dedicated to women's health. This year, comedienne, stress-management expert, and author Leigh Anne Jasheway sets the expo's tone with a keynote speech and by filtering the audience's laughter through auto-tune, which then harmonizes with a number of personal-enrichment seminars. Winetasting and fashion shows punctuate hours of bargain hunting, and raffle tickets given to each guest offer a chance to win a Girlfriends Getaway for four.
Girls Night Out caps Saturday's events with four hours of catered spa pampering and revelry for those 21 and older. Gentlemen servers swing past makeover stations carrying trays of hors d'oeuvres, and 15-minute massages and bites from a chocolate buffet revive guests after belly-dance lessons. Guests to this event also take home goodies and enjoy two free drinks apiece to toast their superior toasting skills.
One sunny day, Rob Kelley's kids did something characteristically adorable: they decided to make juice from berries they'd picked in the fields. Not so adorably, they spilled the pitcher of just-smashed berries all over one of his dining-room chairs, and the dark purple juice spread across the upholstery. Luckily for the kids, their father owns Sweet's Chem-Dry, and after a session with the company's hot carbonating extraction system, all evidence of the accident disappeared. Kelley documented his success in a small Facebook album.
His team employs the same carbonation system, along with a green, nontoxic cleanser, to lift dirt and debris from carpets, area rugs, and car interiors. Propelled by a truck-mounted machine, the system's microscopic bubbles delve deep into fibers to push grime to the surface, where hot-water extraction flushes it away. Since this system does not leave residue the way cleaning a carpet traditionally or just letting the birds have at it does, carpets stay clean longer. Fabrics dry in up to two hours, and optional protectant shields carpets and upholstery from future stains.