Brazilian Market touts hundreds of imported Brazilian culinary staples. Behind the meat counter, butchers slice picanha, or top sirloin, a cut popular in Brazilian rodìzio-style restaurants, and wrap up lombo recheado, pork stuffed with herbs and cheese. In addition to thick slabs of traditional Brazilian meats, Brazilian Market stocks goods such as South American coffee, tea, and coconut water. Customers can also shop for sundries such as Havaianas flip-flops and Brazilian hair products.
While artwork may gain immortality by challenging traditional aesthetics, the life of a painting or photograph is only as secure as the frame that contains it. This dedication to preservation is what inspired Michael and Ellen Mintz to open Frames Unlimited in 1979. That same spirit extended to their business itself: when Hurricane Hugo took its toll on their original shop, they gutted it and reopened, this time with more square footage for a gallery and design space. They remain in that space today, helping their staff members create custom frames and matting. In addition to paintings and photography, the staff helps customers guard heirlooms and specialty items such as sports jerseys or athletes still wearing their sports jerseys. Their services also extend to museum-quality archival framing, with special UV-filtering glass to protect art from light’s harmful rays. No matter the job, their shop stocks the materials to match it. Thousands of mouldings run the style gamut from very traditional to ultracontemporary, and colorful frames include hand-finished Italian designs and water-gilded gold leaf.
Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
Celebrating their two-year anniversary, Lowcountry CitruSolution's carpet wizards de-grime floor fibers with an exclusive citrus-based solvent that harnesses citrus-rind extracts to degrease rugs and imbue a pleasant scent. After carpets are thoroughly sprayed with the eco-friendly solvent, a mechanized rotary brush burrows deep into pile to conjure up hidden dirt and buff away stains left by muddy shoes, pets, and tomato battles. A particulate-sucking vacuuming completes the one-hour carpet makeover. The remaining low-moisture formula dries in one to two hours and vanishes without the sticky residue left by traditional shampoo or fly-paper cleaning methods.
Seventeen-year cleaning vet and Maid Perfect Of Charleston proprietor Sheryl WIlliams carefully screens each applicant who wishes to join her team of home cleaners. Through the process, she’s managed to amass a staff of impeccably professional technicians capable of tackling any residential or commercial tidying project. Her dedicated housecleaners arrive at homes at each client's convenience, hand-washing bathroom floors, polishing mirrors, dusting mantelpieces, and vacuuming upholstered furniture. The accommodating technicians even work around family pets, though owners with hyperactive animals may wish to crate their critters or distract them with sheets of aluminum foil.
When it came time to design The Coastal Cupboard’s demo kitchen, owner Brad Pitner shied away from industrial-grade appliances, opting instead for the kind of layout you’d find in your average home kitchen. That decision reflects the Cupboard’s mission to make gourmet cooking accessible to all.
To that end, Mr. Pitner and his staff of gourmands stock a vast selection of cooking gadgets, bakeware, and cutlery by top-tier brands such as Zwilling, J.A. Henckels, and Kuhn Rikon. Staff members are happy to walk customers through each product’s function and share their own favorite gadgets and dish towels with sentimental value. They also stock gourmet foods such as small-batch wines, baking mixes, sauces, and rubs.
Customers have a chance to see those tools and ingredients in action during the store’s weekly cooking classes. Most are led by in-house chef Stephen Harman, who tailors his class offerings to suit the interests of customers. “He’s ridiculously talented—he’s just fearless,” says owner Brad Pitner of the inveterate chef. That fearlessness has motivated Chef Harman to master dishes from paella to pad thai. But his true passion is for Lowcountry farm-to-table items. “He’s obsessed with local agriculture,” says Mr. Pitner. “If he can get it local, he’ll get it local.”