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.
The Quality Cleaning Services’ team of technicians has wreaked mind-boggling transformations, from creating useable kitchens out of chambers choked by piles of garbage, to forging fresh living spaces from rooms strewn with dirty laundry and errant toys. Cleaners with an eye for detail scrub down residential surfaces to prepare homes for moving day or simply a less cluttered life. The cleaners also offer pressure-washing services for outer surfaces ravaged by weather and patches of moss that are just trying to invite the houseplants over for dinner.
Jennifer Jones, founder of LifeStyle Organizing Services LLC, unleashes an arsenal of services to restore order to homes and offices while consulting and consoling clients with tips for lasting tidiness. After hatching a strategy during an on-site assessment, Jennifer reshuffles living rooms, rids kitchens of countertop clutter, and frees garages from forgotten bikes and life-size cutouts of Richard Nixon. Jennifer then infiltrates jumbled offices to sort files and solve storage problems before streamlining email boxes. Focused on recycling and reusing, the straightening specialist helps homeowners determine which unwanted items to recycle, sell, or tuck into the pouch of a slumbering koala. LifeStyle de-clutters homes and offices within Jefferson and Shelby counties, but will travel outside these havens for an additional $0.25 per mile. Neither straightening supplies nor the will to let go are included in this Groupon.
A row of gleaming handles awaits customers at 32 Degrees, with each serving station unleashing a unique flavor of frozen yogurt tasty enough to warrant press mentions from the Birmingham News and Oxford Sun. Guests peruse the frosty options, serving themselves swirls of nonfat treats such as orchard peach or no-sugar-added Tahitian vanilla. The meltable technicolor mountains can be topped with more than 50 options, including roasted almonds, fresh seasonal fruit, candies, cereals, and pieces of used gift cards. Flavors rotate frequently, allowing repeat customers to gradually work their way through more than 40 flavor possibilities.
Harmony Landing stocks an eclectic collection of casual home furnishings, looking both to the owner's traditional Kentucky roots and new home décor trends. Prospective decorators can peruse wood tables, sideboards, and consoles ($400+) with a range of surface finishes, or pick up a glowing lamp ($50+) to cast new light on neglected home offices or send unwelcome fruit-bat squatters packing. Shoppers can also apply this deal toward a larger purchase such as a chair ($700–$1500) or sofa ($1200+). Harmony Landing also boasts an array of gift items, ranging from springtime wreaths and jewelry to insulated to-go cups in eye-popping patterns.
Recently big-upped in Southern Living, Seibels accessorizes cottages, ranch houses, and bare subterranean bunkers alike with a vast array of quaint, high-quality furnishings and gifts. Embroidered pillows such as the endearing Chocolate Lab hooked pillow ($79) make couches and hastily assembled barbed-wire hammocks feel even more comfortable, and vintage signage distinguishes domiciles from their standoffish surroundings with a customizable welcome posting ($45). Hickory steak knives ($79) stand up to sawing at even the toughest T-bones, and a lazy susan made from the top of an oak wine cask ($158) underscores family-style feasts with a vintner's insignia that—like the name Jason—renders it utterly unique in the world. The swinging bed ($1,995) can be set up inside or outside, allowing for a unique sleeping experience anywhere. Seibels’ friendly, knowledgeable staff helps customers determine the best way to furnish a den, as well as how the right lighting sconces can make a bedroom look less flooded with maple syrup.