On a fateful day in 1933, at the height of the Great Depression, a hitchhiker arrived at The Howdy Come In––a rest stop owned by Ben and Eva Winter––carrying only his clothes and a suitcase full of cabinet-making tools. The Winters decided to hire him to build a chifforobe for their new baby, Bobby, and were so impressed by his craftsmanship that they decided to go into business with their new friend. Soon the partners were selling new and refurbished furniture out of the Winters’ dairy barn under the name Winter’s Furniture Store, and they eventually moved to a storefront in the city of Emporia, where they could share their high-quality wares with more people and fewer confused cows.
Today, the family business is run by the Winters’ son, Bob, who oversaw its expansion into two showrooms in Topeka and Lawrence and gave it a new moniker––Discovery Furniture. His merchandise buyers select fine furniture from around the world, filling the design floors with trusted name brands such as Broyhill, Aspen, and Flexsteel. As a member of the Furniture First buying group, Winter is able to pass along the savings of buying stock in volume along with a guarantee that he will meet or beat any competitor’s advertised price within 75 miles. Interior designers on staff can help customers determine which pieces, styles, and colors best fit their needs, and most of Discovery’s furniture can be custom ordered in any style, color, or fabric, catering to customers who know what they like and like to match their upholstery to their clothes.
Beds for Less's friendly staff purveys quality national mattress brands and educates shoppers inside three expansive showrooms. Visitors browse an assortment of Tempur-Pedic mattresses, such as the multicushioned Tempur-Cloud Supreme ($2,099+) and the pressure-relieving RhapsodyBed ($2,499+). Classic innersprings include Kingston’s Signature Series ($299+). The Canberra Pillow Top ($249.99+) boasts sag-free firmness so that sleeping next to a lead cannon ball is finally possible. Beds for Less can deliver purchases to most of the Wichita metro area for an additional cost.
The cleaners at Crimson & Blue Carpet Care, a Green Seal–stamped business, revamp floor coverings with a contemporary air-cell encapsulation technique. This method gently purges filth with a low measure of moisture, as opposed to steam cleaning, which may shrink and damage underfoot fibers. It effectively peels stains from all types of carpet, erasing evidence of past spills and living-room winemaking. The techs at Crimson & Blue don't just clean carpets but also are experts on tidying up homes from top to bottom. During home cleanings, the crew uses a 43-point cleaning checklist that covers all major areas of the home from bathrooms to kitchens to bedrooms and general living areas. Customers may also opt to have the team create a customized a cleaning plan catered to the specific needs of their home.
Whether cleaning stained carpets or unclogging gutters, Whole Home Cleaners’ technicians show up to jobs well prepared. Their high-volume extraction systems and Rotovac brushes remove blemishes from carpet fibers without damaging them, and their pressure-washing equipment de-grimes walls and turns clouded windows transparent again. During housekeeping services, they even bring a tracking binder system, which allows both homeowners and cleaners to keep tabs on which parts of the house have been tidied up recently, which need attention, and which have been ceded to the wolves.