Brazilian Market touts hundreds of imported Brazilian culinary staples. Behind the meat counter, butchers slice picanha, or top sirloin, a cut popular in Brazilian rodìzio-style restaurants, and wrap up lombo recheado, pork stuffed with herbs and cheese. In addition to thick slabs of traditional Brazilian meats, Brazilian Market stocks goods such as South American coffee, tea, and coconut water. Customers can also shop for sundries such as Havaianas flip-flops and Brazilian hair products.
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Heaven’s Best was ranked #72 on Entrepreneur's 2013 list of the top 500 franchises, and for good reason. The carpet-cleaning company is completely eco-friendly, using a specially formulated, water-based cleaning solution that’s safe for pets, children, and nature. Riding this wave of popularity, the company sees new owner-operated franchise locations popping up like sudsy bubbles across the U.S. every year. Though the company specializes in carpets and area rugs, technicians can also use their cleaning expertise to lift stains from car upholstery, floor tiles, or a robot’s mohawk.
While artwork may gain immortality by challenging traditional aesthetics, the life of a painting or photograph is only as secure as the frame that contains it. This dedication to preservation is what inspired Michael and Ellen Mintz to open Frames Unlimited in 1979. That same spirit extended to their business itself: when Hurricane Hugo took its toll on their original shop, they gutted it and reopened, this time with more square footage for a gallery and design space. They remain in that space today, helping their staff members create custom frames and matting. In addition to paintings and photography, the staff helps customers guard heirlooms and specialty items such as sports jerseys or athletes still wearing their sports jerseys. Their services also extend to museum-quality archival framing, with special UV-filtering glass to protect art from light’s harmful rays. No matter the job, their shop stocks the materials to match it. Thousands of mouldings run the style gamut from very traditional to ultracontemporary, and colorful frames include hand-finished Italian designs and water-gilded gold leaf.
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.