At Trim-A-Tree Farms, patrons choose their Christmas tree from a plot of still-planted leyland pine trees and chop it down themselves or have an able-bodied staff member cut, net, and load their catch. Guests stroll through rows of lush green trees ($7.50/ft.) in search of the right plant to fill lonely living-room corners as the aroma of pine needles induces memories of a past infatuation with an air freshener. Between passes through the farm, warm up with steaming mugs of hot chocolate or melt fingers over a bonfire's licking flames as little ones trot through fields atop Star, Trim-A-Tree's trusty chestnut pony, during complimentary pony rides. Though additional items are not included in this Groupon, ornaments from the gift shop revamp trees, and adventurous souls can indulge in free temporary tattoos that take the shape of holiday icons or Scrooge's evening gruel.
The Mosquito Authority keeps winged nuisances at bay with services such as barrier sprays and misting systems. During each treatment, applicators coat exterior foliage with an solution that causes no harm to children, pets, or sentient lawn gnomes. The application eradicates all current mosquitoes and prevents new ones from appearing for up to 21 days.
Air Conditioning Systems, Inc.'s proprietor and indoor climate-control specialist, Robert Akins, retools vital household equipment with the confidence and aptitude he acquired from more than 30 years of professional experience. During a tune-up, talented technicians inspect and clean all aspects of air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces, prolonging the systems' lives and catching any mechanical problems before they cause expensive breakdowns or devastating space-time rifts. The fully licensed and bonded HVAC-inspectors courteously complete their tasks in a mere half-hour and also provide free equipment replacement estimates, second opinions, and diagnoses for repairs. In addition to ensuring long-term thermal comfort with extensive check-ups, Air Conditioning Systems' skilled personnel arrive equipped with freon and most standard parts in case they need to make additional repairs or compete in impromptu science fairs.
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.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Joe and John Lunsford wanted to find a way to extend the life of carpets, which often showed their age through stains and discoloration, so they turned to their chemist mother, Jean Beason, for guidance. Her system of on-location carpet dying—which she perfected during years of research, development, and carefully planned carpet-store heists—eventually led them to start Professional Carpet Systems in 1978.
As the Lunsford's startup grew to 75 locations worldwide, they switched their focus to carpet cleaning, using pH-balanced rinsing agents and a rapid-drying system. Now, the IICRC-certified firm also offers spot and odor removal, upholstery cleaning, and allergy-relief treatments backed by a 200% guarantee: if the customer isn’t satisfied with the treatment, Professional Carpet Systems will issue a full refund and pay for re-cleaning by a different company.