In 1993, after years as a tech in the carpet cleaning industry, Gregory Cole founded Pro Carpet as a one-stop shop providing the best carpet-cleaning practices he had learned during his career. Gregory's team, which now numbers more than 30 techs, begins each carpet-cleaning service with a thorough walk-through, during which customers can point out specific soiled areas before the techs evaluate carpets for their levels of dirt, stains, and rainbow sprinkles. As they begin to clean, they employ steam-based cleaning and stain-specific products, such as the company's proprietary enzyme-based pet-stain formula, to remove odors and soils.
Pro Carpet's expertise also extends beyond carpeting, tackling upholstery and area rugs with the same thoroughness. They can also be called upon to repair water damage, clean office cubicles, and sweep dust and allergens from inside air ducts with professional-grade tools that improve air quality.
It isn’t every day that a student and teacher become partners in business, but that’s what happened after Robin Dickson took his first dance class with Matthew Gann. A friendship formed between Dickson, a special-event planner since the age of 17, and Gann, an award-winning ballroom dancer who already owned studios of his own. After realizing ways their backgrounds complemented each other, the two decided to open Allure Dance Studio right next to Cumberland Mall. Experienced dance instructors cultivate twinkle toes in private and group dance lessons across the studio’s sleek hardwood floor. Up to 25 students practice salsa, tango, or merengue rhythms in front of a wall of mirrors that display each student’s progress and most intimidating dance face. All students of Allure can practice what they’ve learned at various parties and events organized by the studio that provide a place where all types of dance can be performed and celebrated.
Rushing to the dry cleaners is arguably one of life's more obnoxious errands. Cumberland Cleaners helps eliminate this nuisance by offering complimentary pick-up and delivery service that can be scheduled even when the client is away from home. They also make lives easier by tackling a wide range of garments from run-of-the-mill cotton shirts and wool blazers to coats made of trickier fabrics such as fur and leather. In addition, their expert tailors can repair many different kinds of clothing and footwear. For those clients who are concerned with the environment, the crew offers wet cleaning, which uses a biodegradable detergent and specialized machinery designed to regulate humidity, retain clothing shape, and prevent the extinction of the turtleneck.
Family-owned Just Quality Cleaners tends to all the clothing entrusted in their care at a central plant, which allows staffers to closely monitor the quality of all cleaning and tailoring services. They dry clean clothes, bedding, and linens with eco-friendly products, offering their clients same-day turnaround, and wet-cleaning services douse garments with water and biodegradable detergent before gently drying them at a stable humidity level. A team of expert tailors and seamstresses stands by, ready to shorten dress straps or remove shoulder pads from otherwise gala-ready football uniforms, and the cleaner’s museum-quality storage boxes can hermetically seal away wedding gowns, protecting them from aging caused by oxidation and exposure to water.
After seven years spent as a banker, Fish Window Cleaning founder Mike Merrick decided to try his hand at something that mattered. He packed up his business acumen, drew up a plan, designed his own uniforms, and finally opened shop in 1978. With his characteristic hands-on approach he grew the small business from one location into a bustling network of 220 franchises spread across 40 states and one lonely lunar outpost. Today, Mike's foundational principle of pairing residents with thorough, uniformed professionals continues to impress organizations, earning accolades from Entrepreneur magazine and a Torch Award from the Better Business Bureau.
Trained by Zumba founder Beto Perez, Janet Ackerman has spread the gospel of Zumba worldwide, teaching classes in Chile, Mexico, India, China, and Hong Kong. Back home, she became one of Atlanta’s first Zumba instructors and now shares her fitness passion with hordes of willing participants. ZumbaAtlanta.com offers group dance parties several days a week, helping attendees burn calories through fun, hip-shaking dance steps set to modern Latin music, and offers events such as motivational team building for corporate groups or private Zumba Fitness parties for bachelorettes.