IT specialists aren’t renowned for their friendliness, but the quartet of technicians at Computer Troubleshooters breaks the mold with their welcoming service. The Anderson branch of the franchise sports the resources and savvy of its award-winning parent and lives up to the company tagline of “Local Service – Global Strength.” Understanding the hair-pulling frustration that occurs when a beloved computer goes on the fritz, the veteran tech surgeons fully revivify Macs and PCs during complete overhauls. Owners can simply drop off their ailing computers with the skillful technicians, who offer a 90-day guarantee on all repairs. Computer tune-ups get slowpoke processors up to speed, virus and spyware removal stops hackers, and data recovery exhumes pictures, business projects, and unfinished novels from their digital graves.
CPR Cell Phone Repair’s team of technicians operates an emergency room for electronics—repairing or replacing broken phone components for walk-in customers. The in-house teams at more than 150 locations worldwide draw on a vast inventory of parts to quickly fix broken screens, repair water damage, or recycle un-fixable phones while customers wait.
Old Colony Furniture, which has been family owned since 1946, inspires interior-design compositions with a 30,000-square-foot show room, showcasing both contemporary and classic pieces. Upon entering the expansive show room, guests will feel as though they're walking through an expertly designed home as they peruse rich, opulent furniture from more 50 respected brands, such as Sherrill and Hancock & Moore, artfully arranged in inviting vignettes. With a collection of dining chairs ($269+), patrons can strategically seat guests in vulnerable positions should a mashed-potato fight break out. A nightstand ($449+) provides optimal access to water glasses and bedside reading materials, and an upholstered occasional chair ($475+) coddles fatigued appendages. Shoppers glance into mirrors ($225+) to admire the way a shirt complements their pants and for instant reassurance of their non-gorilla status.
A bouquet of balloons livens up any gathering, so it stands to reason that giant balloons would have an even bigger impact on festivities. Xtreme Energy Inflatables capitalizes on this idea by renting out its fleet of large inflatable structures and games. They deliver and set up slides, castle-shaped bounce houses, and cushy obstacle courses complete with tunnels and hills to all sorts of outdoor gatherings, from birthday parties to church and school celebrations. The company can also send out concession stands to feed guests, a safer way to foster a carnival vibe than turning a merry-go-round on its side and calling it a ferris wheel. The staff return at the end of the rental to deflate and repackage their wares. However, attendants can also remain onsite for the duration of the party for an additional fee.