Joe and John Lunsford wanted to find a way to extend the life of carpets, which often showed their age through stains and discoloration, so they turned to their chemist mother, Jean Beason, for guidance. Her system of on-location carpet dying—which she perfected during years of research, development, and carefully planned carpet-store heists—eventually led them to start Professional Carpet Systems in 1978.
As the Lunsford's startup grew to 75 locations worldwide, they switched their focus to carpet cleaning, using pH-balanced rinsing agents and a rapid-drying system. Now, the IICRC-certified firm also offers spot and odor removal, upholstery cleaning, and allergy-relief treatments backed by a 200% guarantee: if the customer isn’t satisfied with the treatment, Professional Carpet Systems will issue a full refund and pay for re-cleaning by a different company.
Crimson Carpet and Flooring stocks a showroom with carpets, tile and hardwood, priced by the square foot to facilitate comparison. Floor fur from manufacturers such as Shaw runs the gamut in style, color, and texture ($1.29+/sq. ft.), ensuring customers find a match for their magic-carpet-riding outfits. Patrons with pets or spill-prone friends can browse stain-resistant carpet or investigate hardwood options, available in real wood from Anderson and Mannington, and in natural-looking laminate ($6–9/sq. ft.). Alternatively, ceramic tiles from manufacturers such as Laufen and Interceramic ($8–$10/sq. ft.) spruce up bathrooms or assist sock skating derbies.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Mattress King's wide selection of mattresses from well-known brands such as Sealy Posturepedic, Embody, and Stearns & Foster run the firmness and texture gamut, giving sleepers of all shapes and sizes a shot at a good night's rest. Sealy's Posturepedic queen-sized Spirited supports dreamers with a comfortable durability ($409 for the mattress, $699 for the set). Dozers with a penchant for luxurious expediency snooze on the Stearns & Foster Bradenburg queen-sized bed, which lends backsides a plush surface and a patient ear as they complain about lousy desk chairs ($719 for the mattress, $1,169.10 for the set), or opt to bounce to another to decide which size fits the mold.
Bedzzz Express facilitates the best night’s sleep possible by taking inventory of customers’ sleeping habits to help them choose the perfect mattress. President Keith Krininger credits this practice with Bedzzz Express success, which has resulted in 32 store locations sprinkled across three states. In the showroom, models from Sealy, Serta, and Simmons cushion bodies at rest with a range of comfortable materials including foam and pillow tops that help lull customers to sleep. Mattresses and mattress sets are available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes and can be delivered locally.
Southern Tile and Stone Restoration unleashes eco-friendly cleaning products and a patented pressure and water extraction system upon commercial and residential flooring. First, a licensed and insured team of floor purifiers will apply a nontoxic pre-treating solution to up to 300 square feet of tile to sneak up on unsuspecting stains that have managed to evade mopping. Then, with the power of up to 3,000 PSI of water pressure and 240 degrees of heat, Southern Tile and Stone Restoration's cleansing mechanism will scour floors to eradicate years of gradual buildup. During the cleaning process, the machine's containing dome prevents water and heat from escaping, and its powerful vacuum simultaneously extracts up to five gallons of water per minute. Southern Tile and Stone Restoration's certified team members are well trained in the art of restoring luster to all hard surfaces, and can carefully select heat and pressure settings to brighten tile, travertine, and kitchen floors paved with Shaq-Fu game cartridges.