Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Krystal Klean sanitizes and spruces up homes with its slew of window-cleaning, power-washing, and painting services. During each power-washing session, rivulets of refreshing water blast across flat surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, and siding ($0.10/sq. ft.), obliterating mold, mildew, and Christmas lights run amok. Technicians lovingly wash windows with gentle but powerful equipment and solvents, expunging hard water and mineral deposits to leave home portholes sparkling ($5 outside; $8 inside and outside; $1 extra for screens; double for new constructions and French windows/doors). Krystal Klean also refreshes interiors and covers up Dawson’s Creek murals with its professional painting services, which imbue one room’s walls with bright new hues ($0.60–$1.30/sq. ft., depending on type of paint and number of coats).
The chromatic champions at Color Wheel Paint dispense distinctive pigmentations in more than 1,600 colors, along with providing the necessary tools to complete any painting project. Coat abashedly naked walls with a gallon of flat Hi-Hide interior paint ($19.86/gallon) or Optima Satin Supreme ($31.73/gallon), which can colorize anything from bedroom walls to the picket fence marking the boundary of your office's cubicles. Drab exteriors receive a tinting treatment with a gallon of Tropicoat 100% Acrylic Latex Paint ($30.65/gallon), primed with a coating of Quick Cure Acrylic Conditioner ($25.16/gallon), ideal for previously painted surfaces. Home tidiers can also aid the spreading process with Master Choice tools, such as the Klondike 3-inch angle sash brush ($14.72), with a soft bristle for ticklish walls, and the 12'x15' canvas drop cloth ($20.43).
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
In his former role as a C-130 crew chief in the air force, Bryan Ruiz fostered a keen eye for details. Now, Ruiz and his team of licensed and insured handymen draw on his hard-earned focus and discipline as they apply the "one customer at a time" approach to residential and commercial work.
Technicians at 1st Coast Painting & More can also perform a range of home-maintenance services. The company's pressure cleanings purge homes, driveways, and sidewalks; drywall services add finishing touches to rooms; and crown-molding installation can help dens feel less inferior to master bedrooms.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.