Mattress Source's knowledgeable staff pairs customers with one of a wide selection of firm and flexible beds that augment deeper slumbers. Sealy luxury firm mattresses ($449.99+) allays stressful nights by supplying supple support, manufacturers' warranties, and a cache of warm kittens to rest at the end of each bed. Silk woven jersey knit surrounds a layer of memory foam on the Stearns & Foster x-firm mattress, which gently pillows joint pain and absorbs excess body heat ($1,219.99+). At 26 Charlotte-area showrooms, shoppers can take inventory of each mattress' aptitude in hypnosis or chat with affable staff members about desired levels of firmness.
Blue Frog Arts is an all inclusive paint your own pottery and glass studio. No extra studio time fees. No paint or firing fees. Just come on in pick out a bank, plate, mug or figurine and start painting. Lots of help for the newbees and lots of fun and relaxation by yourself or with the family.
At Airwolf Aviation, founder Michele Rash and her team of instructors keep one thought in mind when training students to become certified pilots: "Would I sit in the back seat while he or she flew me around?" This question guides them while they tailor training for each student and has resulted in a pass/fail rate of 97% over the past three years.
With three flight schools, a fleet of Cessna airplanes, and a multi-engine Piper Aztec E, the instructors lead courses that qualify students for private, instrument, commercial, and multi-engine pilot licenses. They also help professional pilots earn flight-instructor certifications. When they’re not teaching lessons, Airwolf's team introduces clients to aviation through discovery flights and city tours that fly to the governor's floating mansion.
IT specialists aren’t renowned for their friendliness, but the quartet of technicians at Computer Troubleshooters breaks the mold with their welcoming service. The Anderson branch of the franchise sports the resources and savvy of its award-winning parent and lives up to the company tagline of “Local Service – Global Strength.” Understanding the hair-pulling frustration that occurs when a beloved computer goes on the fritz, the veteran tech surgeons fully revivify Macs and PCs during complete overhauls. Owners can simply drop off their ailing computers with the skillful technicians, who offer a 90-day guarantee on all repairs. Computer tune-ups get slowpoke processors up to speed, virus and spyware removal stops hackers, and data recovery exhumes pictures, business projects, and unfinished novels from their digital graves.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers to capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed backed by a strong, modern headboard covered with tufted upholstery that boasts the color of morning cappuccino but the flavor of tufted upholstery ($347 for a queen; $516 for a king). Taking home a Davenport nightstand means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills ($125). Home-office workers can perch glowing Internet portals atop a classic table desk, creating an imposing pedestal that distracts interning offspring from their demands for a salary ($400).