Launched 5 years ago, Mattress Source has grown from a plucky family-run enterprise to a regional institution, soothing aching backs and brightening up dream times with masterfully engineered mattresses of all makes and types. Models from brands such as Simmons, Corsicana, Restonic, and Spring Air enrich the third of your life spent asleep and the eighth of your life spent practicing trust falls with thick, long-lasting constructions designed to support and relax the body. The inventory promotes deep sleep and good health through a range of mattress types, from the strong, nonsagging innerspring design to the pillowy comfort of sheets of memory foam and latex.
Over the course of their 50 years of business, Apple Cleaners has kept up with the demands of ever-emerging, ever more finicky fabrics. Today, it combines its updated equipment with two types of cleaning solution, granting the flexibility to tackle stains in a full range of fabrics, from wool to cotton to various blends. Eager to show off their quality handiwork, the staff can expedite cleaning orders for next-day and delivery services.
Bill Blair spent 20 years training franchise owners how to build their businesses. One day he asked, "Why can't I do it for myself?" He knew from experience that one niche market was in need of modernizing more than any other—green cleaning. “That was something that was really important to me,” he says. “So I decided to be the premier residential cleaning company at the forefront of that eco-friendly movement."
NuKastle Cleaning's approach employs Green Seal chemicals and color-coded microfiber cloths and mop heads, which help to avoid cross-contamination. Though the environmentally friendly products are an important part of Bill's mission, he explains why traditional chemicals are always on hand for those who request them: "A lot of green chemicals will sanitize but not disinfect, and some clients really like that chemically fresh smell. I can always do partially green, fully green—whatever fits the needs of the customer." Another important facet of NuKastle's strategy is the ability to tailor services to individual clients. "Companies will quote prices based on the website's stock info,” Bill says. “It doesn’t focus on the needs of customers." So he does things a little differently. "I go meet the homeowner first, spend 15 minutes coming up with a detailed work schedule fitted to their needs. It's about a relationship that I want to establish, a rapport." This desire to form personal bonds is one reason NuKastle partners with Cleaning For A Reason, a charitable organization offering free house cleaning to women battling cancer.
Since 1992, Advance Security has supplied everyone from homeowners to the CIA with discreet surveillance equipment. Customers can guard property with security-camera systems, watch over youngsters with child-security gear, and keep their families safe with alarm systems. Commonplace objects such as pens and cellphones capture conversations with hidden voice recorders, while wireless cameras spy on unsuspecting subjects from inside teddy bears or behind fake mustaches. Advance Security's expert personnel man a toll-free support line to help customers by solving equipment problems or recommending products.
Female-owned Handylady Services can do everything a typical handyman service can do?perhaps even better. The woman behind the business got acquainted with hands-on work at a young age by helping out around the construction sites where her father worked. Later on, she developed her skills even more by earning a degree in construction management. Today, she leads a team of skilled women and men to tackle painting, mowing, electrical work, and other tasks that improve life inside homes or tree houses commandeered from neighborhood children.