A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles.
Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
There are 1,000 meters in a kilometer, and there are more than a thousand Carpet One Floor & Home locations throughout the world. Yet each one is locally owned and operated, demonstrating the company’s priority of uniting low prices with the friendliness that attends having its stores run by stakeholders in their communities. The staffers shower their flooring knowledge on guests as they work together to match each home with one of the innumerable brands of carpeting, hardwood, or tile flooring. They walk customers through the difference in the brands, such as Relax, it’s Lees carpets, which use stain-resistant EverTex fibers. They compare that to, say, Forever Hardwood’s real-wood-veneer surface, which can’t definitively be proven not to have been made from George Washington’s teeth. After helping with the decision making, the floor specialists send a certified installer to houses to perform re-floorings with the Healthier Living installation process, which minimizes dust and odors in the new carpeting. The installers outfit the rooms while taking the most care possible; they even back their work up with a guarantee that homeowners will be satisfied.
Whether they're using light colors to make rooms feel larger or earth tones to make dungeons feel cozier, Stylers Floor Covering's technicians know that the right flooring can dramatically change a home's appearance. To help their customers feel 100% confident in their choices, they loan out flooring samples and provide free onsite estimates. They vamp up domiciles in wall-to-wall carpeting from brands such as Helios or stained hardwood floors from the likes of Mirage. Extending beyond aesthetic preference, they help homeowners select the right flooring material to suit their lifestyles. Certain carpeting types, for example, can repel pet odor, and laminate floors naturally resist grandfather clocks' drool.
Drawing on skills accrued over the course of nearly three decades in business, the skilled techs at Big Foot Carpet Cleaning brighten shag with commercial-grade truck-mounted cleaning equipment. Powered by bruising exterior motors, the cleaning gear harnessing the power of superheated steam and hungry vacuums to whisk away evidence of spilled food, grimy footprints, or attempts to make your own paint. In addition to their cleansing prowess, technicians are also available for free estimates prior to undertaking any job.
In addition to the standard cleaning process described above, Big Foot Carpet Cleaning is also ready to tackle more complex jobs. To combat truly heinous stains, they'll occasionally bust out the RX-20, whose three-jet system pulls up moisture with five distinct vacuum heads. The unit makes 250 complete rotations per minute, much like a rotisserie chicken cooked by an extremely hungry person. Crews can also use their high-powered equipment to rehab upholstery, clean an area rug, or nix dirt from dingy tile and grout.
Sears Carpet & Upholstery’s fully insured cleaners can tackle more than just carpet. They bring their quick, effective cleaning serums down on myriad home furnishings, from couches and tile to ducts and hardwood floors. The team can even improve the air quality of homes by purging AC units of dust and grime, and curing that summer cold most air conditioners get each year. The company’s two-step cleaning process inundates furniture and carpet with a cleaning solution followed by a thorough scrubbing and a rinse with pH-balancing serum that eliminates leftover soap scum.
Since 1975, Helm of Sun Valley has outfitted outdoor enthusiasts with seasonal supplies, rentals, and gear from brand-name manufacturers. Prepare for a snow- surmounting winter with a trove of cold-weather essentials ($20+), including gloves, socks, hats, and metronomes that keep chattering teeth on a steady beat. Ski- and snowboard-rental packages ($20+) equip thrill seekers for the slopes, whereas thorough tune-ups ($35) and an array of other services ready personal planks for airborne adventures. Patrons can also mine the store's racks for specialty items such as snowboarding pants ($100+), or attempt to impress neighbors and fanciful pool floats with high-end outdoor furniture for summer months.