Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Though Dirt Done Cheap’s team spend most of their time removing stains and dirt, they also work to give something back. The company gives 10 percent of their monthly profits to local charities including the Boys and Girls Club, breast-cancer-awareness funds, the American Legion, and the Children’s Leukemia Foundation. To fund these philanthropic efforts, they have mastered the art of carpet and upholstery cleaning and stain treatment, as well as tile and grout cleaning. For carpets, they complete a process with up to nine steps, including pretreatment, steam cleaning, and a deodorizer. When dealing with tile, their truck-mounted system shoots steam heated to 230 degrees deep into floors, an effective way to loosen dirt or cook the dry pasta that is everywhere after most parties.
Manned by a staff that knows its stuff but eschews pushy sales tactics, Cozy Coyote carries bed accessories, traditional mattresses, pillow-top beds, and memory-foam mattresses, which are stuffed with pulped scrapbooks. The sleep pros have drafted an edifying write-up about the criteria mattress purchasers may want to consider, as well as guides to various mattress species and sizes. Kids are welcome to frolic through the store as parents test the beds' comfort levels and make their decisions. As they tote their purchase home, customers can find comfort in the 30/120 Pledge, which guarantees that if they don't start loving their bed in 30 nights, they have 120 days to exchange it.
Experts in stain removal, the techs at Wow Carpet restore a wide range of household fabrics, upholstery, and carpeting using their powerful steam-cleaning machines. Dirty domestic and automotive carpeting is treated to a steam, shampoo, and rinse routine, which loosens ground-in dirt before flushing it away with a truck-mounted extractor. The team also applies their cleaning expertise to dryer vents, air ducts, and tile floors.
Floors that aren't properly maintained may rebel by staining, discoloring, or opening up portals to the center of the earth. GCS can help prevent such aggressive retribution with a diverse array of floor-scouring services. Using eco-friendly and non-toxic methods, insured technicians can nix unwanted grime from carpets, area rugs, or dingy tile and grout. Homeowners can also request a specialty air-duct cleaning to stave off allergens.
Furniture Plus began in 1983 as a tiny furniture shop in a rented house with an outdoor concrete slab for a show room, and has since grown into a 20,000-square-foot space, brimming with pieces from popular brands such as Ashley Furniture, Robert Michael, and aspenhome. Though it would have been easier to move the store into a shopping center, the owners chose to remain in their own facility in order to maintain a low overhead—and therefore, lower prices—on the same furniture carried by big-box stores and traveling furniture salesmen.