Sears, the iconic department store and grandfather of Craftsman Tools, revitalizes downtrodden, malfunctioning, and otherwise jankey indoor and outdoor appliances at its in-house service center. Versed in repair techniques for all brands, experienced technicians delve into the inner-workings of their customers' gadgets to replace broken parts, clean out gunk, and reattach dryer doors ripped off by pet robots for whom no amount of attention ever seems to be enough. In the storehouse, thousands of parts titter nervously, awaiting a new appliance home, and when a necessary part is out of stock, staff members order it direct from the manufacturer free of shipping charges.
America’s Mattress of the Carolinas' show rooms brim with plush, pillow-top, and memory-foam mattresses that vary in firmness and coil structure to help any sleeper find a match. The staff invites clients to try out a nap or enchanted slumber upon one of the store's own brand of budget-friendly mattresses. The selection also includes Tempur-Pedic models and Serta models, such as the iComfort with gel-infused memory foam.
To accessorize their purchases, clients can peruse a selection of bedroom furnishings, memory-foam pillows, and mattress protectors that seal in a mattress's naturally smoky flavor. Clients can enlist the store's staff to help haul away old bedding and set up new purchases.
Jonathan Rigsbee, founder of GrowinGreen, keeps lawns looking lush while treating Mother Earth with respect. His crew utilizes environmentally friendly yard-care methods that lean less on chemicals and more on holistic, soil-based solutions. Staffers avoid pollution by abstaining from treatments right before a rainfall, and they never leave fertilizers where they might wash into someone's drinking water or whale-shark aquarium. GrowinGreen's team also knows that some problems can be treated without professional help, and it offers customers an online database of havoc-wreaking weeds, plant diseases, and insects. This list, complete with photographs, can help homeowners diagnose various greenery ailments, such as brown-patch-covered lawns caused by what the staff refers to as "humongous fungus" or by feeding the grass orange juice.
Liberty Bathing Walk-In Tubs' products allow people with mobility and medical issues to safely bathe. Its bathtubs—all made in Thomasville, North Carolina—are affixed with inward- or outward-swinging doors so people need not lift their legs over edges, which can be dangerous when wet. Grab rails further protect bathers from slipping while entering or exiting the tub. Upgrade options include hydrotherapy and whirlpool spa systems. Wheelchair-accessible tubs and walk-in showers are also available, and all of Liberty's products comply with the American with Disabilities Act.
Deborah Mitchell doesn't mind getting her hands dirty—or sharing her space with a few caterpillars. The master gardener curates a verdant collection of more than 150 medicinal and culinary herbs, from kitchen staples such as rosemary and oregano to hard-to-find varieties. In addition to a dozen types of mint and 15 varieties of basil, she also nurtures bedding plants, heirloom tomatoes, and flowering perennials. Her staff relies on organic fertilizers to nourish everything in the shop, and when necessary, they choose organic or self-grown pesticides. FlowerPeddler also stocks herbal and fragrant soaps in scents ranging from cotton blossom to dirt. All soaps are handmade with a vegetable-based glycerin rather than fats distilled from balloon animals.