Her name is Lisa Ryan, but everyone calls her Matty––an appropriate nickname considering she's the all-knowing force behind Matty's Mattress Warehouse. "I'm it!" she says with a proud laugh. "I move every one of the mattresses, talk to every person about their needs. Just me and a guy with a truck." She's a big fan of the more intimate service she can provide in her own store, especially after having managed huge retail chains. "I used to do furniture––always problems. Here, it's low overhead. Low hassle." And for Matty's customers, that also means lower cost. About 60% of Matty's business comes from referrals, so there's clearly something enchanting about her process. When asked what brings people in the doors—whether it's word of mouth or high-powered magnets—her response is quick. "What's not to love? You come in, get a new bed, you go home, and you sleep well." Her warehouse boasts a wide selection of mattresses ranging from Easy Sleep pillow-tops to orthopedic styles from Spring Air, but the pride of her showroom is the popular Bed Boss brand. These mattresses are forged from elastic memory foam that's infused with heat-dissipating, sustainable bamboo fibers, and they cost about one-third as much as similar mattresses from competing brands. Though Matty loves helping clients find a perfect mattress, the moments she cherishes the most are those when her mattresses become a game changer, when they really make a difference in a customer's life. "There was a guy who had back surgery," she explains. "He hadn't slept well in 18 months––been to the doc for insomnia. Sold him a mattress and he came back a week later. He was elated. It was really validating."
Dr. James Doyle and Dr. Kelly Baete met when they were both studying at Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine. Later, they showed up at the same wedding venue to tie the knot, and then the same Fort Mill veterinary clinic to start a practice. Dr. Doyle specializes in surgical and orthopedic procedures, utilizing everything from scalpels to radio waves in his quest to treat internal ailments. Meanwhile, Dr. Baete focuses on preventative medicine, educating her clients on how best to care for their pets and minimize future trips to her office.
Together, the two relentlessly strive to improve the welfare of their community's creatures—even offering free spay and neuter services for pets rescued from the Humane Society of York County. In order to make visits as easy as possible, their clinic boasts a playroom to entertain children while their parents discuss the serious business of pet care or the less serious business of clown accounting.
Experienced stylist Heather McCluney helps clients spruce up their image with a full spectrum of hair services. Equally adept at cuts and color treatments including partial and full highlights, Heather can also convince errant strands to stay straight using keratin smoothing treatments that leave frizzy hair more manageable and less likely to run away.
Animal Supply House’s staff of animal lovers wants only the best for your pets, which is why they stock environmentally friendly and holistic supplies. Aisle after aisle features shelves stacked with grooming supplies, toys, byproduct-free foods, and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, and domesticated teddy bears. For more than 20 years, Animal Supply House has stocked premium food from brands such as Diamond, Apex, and Holistic Select, as well as a full selection of leather harnesses, leashes, and eye patches. Patrons can even drop off their pooches for grooming while they browse.
At ClayEscape, hundreds of blank clay pieces line the walls, waiting for a new life in someone’s garden, kitchen, or dining room. Instructors help visitors pick the piece that best suits their artistic intention, and then painters go to work selecting from more than 90 paint colors and 68 specialty glazes with which to decorate their pottery. Stencils, stamps, and sponges help fuel the artistic process. One week later, pieces emerge shiny and brilliant, ready to take home. ClayEscape also hosts private parties for events such as birthdays, bridal showers, Girl Scouts, and lady's nights, and it also holds special events for holidays such as Mother's Day. Summer camps are also available.