Unique Arts head product designer Ati Goknur and his staff handcraft a diverse ecosystem of outdoor accouterments using carefully chosen processes and materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood. Ati also personally visits Unique Arts’ overseas partners before deeming their products eco-friendly and genie-absent enough to sell. Olympia solar lights illuminate walkways and remote property areas without enlarging carbon footprints ($49, six per set). The plug-less bulbs recharge automatically during the day and blink on when the sun slips into the horizon’s fanny pack at night. Enliven summer barbecues with wafts of charcoal from a stainless-steel screened fire pit ($99). The avian flutterings around a tall birdbath ($99) give patio populations something to look at as they lounge on a honey-brown Birmingham bench constructed from FSC-certified eucalyptus and do the New York Times crossword tattoos on their arms.
When it began in the 40s, Ayers carried everything from hardware supplies to carpeting. Over time, the three brothers who ran it??W.J., Leroy, and Gordon??turned their attention to helping people outfit their homes in traditional furniture and accents. Today, Ayers Furniture carries a variety of national brands including Sealy, La-Z-Boy and Lane, with products to fill the entire house stretched out over its 52,000 square-foot location. Now owned by a second generation of Ayers brothers, the shop continues to deliver quality furniture with a traditional look. You can redesign an entire living room with neutral colors and hardwood tables, chairs, and cabinets, or purchase the perfect bed to help you hunt down sheep in your sleep.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
A family gathers in front of a fire to watch flames dance inside a teepee of logs. After several moments, a uniformed staffer walks over to ask whether they have any questions, and, startled, they stop telling ghost stories or reminiscing about bygone summer bonfires to think about whether they'd like that very model in their own home. Fireside Hearth & Home's cozy design room has that effect. Several staged but comfortable living rooms, kitchens, and patios revolve around fireplaces and stoves, letting customers really imagine life around the hearth. The inventory of gas, wood, and electric fireplaces, as well as stoves and inserts come out of the workshops of top brands such as Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire, and Outdoor Lifestyles. The knowledgeable staffers can explain the variances of styles and features, as well as install new fireplaces and convert wood fireplaces to gas ones.
Clean Carpet Professionals' staffers uproot grime from carpets, tile and grout, and hard surfaces with their commercial-grade, truck-mounted Hydramaster system. Technicians inject dingy floors with hot, soft water and cleaning tonics, aiming to banish stains spawned from foot traffic, spilled food, or full-scale reenactments of last year's Kentucky Derby. A soft-water rinse and suction expunge dirt from debris-susceptible carpets, helping to rid them of dust mites, allergens, and microscopic pollutants. An enclosed high pressure wand blows cleaning agents with high PH levels onto tile and grout to oust unsightly build-up caught in its crevices, while vinyl and concrete floors and thoroughly washed and rinsed to rid them of dirt and chemicals that can't be rid by mere mopping.
Since 1989, the technicians at Mass Carpet Care, LLC, have made it their mission to keep Madison-area floors looking clean and new. Crews sanitize carpets using a truck-mounted hot-water-extraction process that heats water to a scalding 230 degrees to kill dust mites and eliminate all traces of a shattered ice sculpture. They also remove lingering pet odors using a three-step process that safely kills the germs and bacteria that serve as the underlying cause of unpleasant scents. Maintenance services on hardwood and tile floors range from simple cleanings to full-scale stripping and refinishing, and the crew is also well equipped to handle floors made of marble, sheet vinyl, concrete, or recycled Scrabble tiles.