America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Like many good ideas, the one for this business came from Dan Rather. A group of friends interested in starting a business venture together were watching CBS Evening News one night when a report on the high costs of dry cleaning drew their attention to the profession. With an entrepreneurial spirit, the founders scoped out local dry cleaners and developed a business model that allowed them to clean all garments for a fee that’s as flat as the planet we walk on. Today they clean more than 1,200 items each day and continue to grow, thanks to their onsite, environmentally friendly equipment that cleans consciences as well as garments.
All City Heat and Air's longevity alone speaks volumes—the family-owned-and-operated company has been keeping homesteads comfortable since 1974. Always prompt and friendly, All City's licensed, bonded, and insured technicians show up to homes ready to repair air-conditioning and heating units or extend the appliances' lives with routine tune-ups and maintenance services. Dedicated to efficiency in their systems as well as their staff, the certified technicians also install brand-new units designed to absorb their own cost by whittling down utility bills.
For more than 60 years, Fireside Hearth & Home’s staff has been a treasure-trove of information on their ample stock of fireplaces, stoves, and inserts. Not a single model on the store’s showroom stands alone. Each unit is integrated into a different scene on the floor to give shoppers an idea of what the fireplace might look like in their living rooms, kitchens, supervillain lairs, and outdoor patios. Fireside’s trained staff can also help install new stoves or fireplaces in homes, from Heat & Glo to Heatilator to Quadra-Fire products.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Frank A. Deaton opened Holiday Dry Cleaners in 1964, and his son, Frank Deaton Jr., assumed control over the stain-slaying operation on the senior Deaton's retirement. Dry-cleaning practices have changed with the times, and the crew now helms new equipment and biodegradable products that are safer than the chemicals and styrofoam claim tickets from the days of yore. Collar guards, anti-wrinkle hangers, and advanced pressing technology help each piece of apparel to return to its owner looking sharp.