The roots of Kerby’s Furniture stretch back to 1959, when Rex and Ruth Kerby founded the store to bring together bedroom and dining-room sets, mattresses, and other home essentials. Today, staffers dispense advice to shoppers in a showroom flush with beds, couches, and tables by brands such as Ashley, Broyhill, and Best Home Furnishings. Browsers can compare the cushiness of the Hanway chair, a foldout sleeper sofa dressed in subtle olive pinstripes, with the Joplin, a salmon swivel rocker with a reversible T-cushion seat. Youth bedroom sets come in mouth-watering finishes such as cream, espresso, and walnut, and mattresses by Simmons and Corsicana summon more z’s than a honeybee’s typewriter.
“We don’t exactly fit the norm. We are very hands on, and we really are like a big family.” That’s what Angela Fazio told Top Agent Magazine about her and her husband Chuck’s enterprise, Real Estate Training Center. And the veteran agent was speaking from her heart. Not only does the duo forgo typical boss privileges—such as private offices and the right to legally rename new employees “Junior” and “Sport”—but the pair also takes the crew on team-building trips, such as a recent voyage to Mexico. The happy and relaxed workplace has helped the center’s tight-knit clan achieve high-profile realty success in Arizona, sharing the top spot on Phoenix Business Journal’s 2011 Top 10 Brokers list, as well as nabbing a top 50 ranking on Realtor magazine’s 2008 Top 100 list. Aside from selling properties and helming their team of achieved agents, the Fazios teach real-estate-license training courses, aiding wannabe realtors in grasping the concepts of buying, selling, and trading property for a slightly used Barbie dream house.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
FIT Medical Weight Loss helps clients to lose unwanted pounds with medically supervised weight-loss regimens, prescription and herbal appetite suppressants, and energy-boosting injections. The custom, doctor-led programs are easy to follow, with motivational, in-depth coaching and refrigerators that emit a tsk-ing sound after 8 p.m. Unlike other weight-loss facilities, FIT does not sell clients prepackaged food or shake meal replacements. Instead, patrons are provided with healthy recipes as they strive to meet their weight-loss goals.