"We use the best soaps, solvents and equipment available to the industry. We do not take short cuts," Tripp Penninger told Columbia Metropolitan in 2011, one year after the magazine's readers voted Tripp's Fine Cleaners as the best dry cleaners in Columbia. Grandson of the couple that founded the business in 1987, Tripp and his staff of nearly 100 employees have earned their prestige; as Sanitone-certified master dry cleaners, they've carefully cleaned thousands of garments and have been trusted with preserving the wedding gowns of brides in South Carolina and beyond.
They clean regular laundry with low-temperature water, ensuring that nothing shrinks or becomes misshapen, and they use special procedures for high-end garments, making sure to wine and dine Chanel suits before removing wine or dinner stains. Tripp’s seamstresses are on hand to remedy ill-fitting garments, usually returning alterations in about three days. The staff picks up and drops off items free of charge in specified areas and offers complimentary seasonal storage with the purchase of cleaning.
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.
Michaelis Mattress Company's factory-trained sales staff does not work on commission, so they can patiently help sleepyheads find the bed best suited to their needs. Snoozers of all sizes can lie down on the padding of their dreams—from full sets ($329+) to queen sets ($369+) and from king sets ($599+) to ruler-of-the-galaxy sets. Enjoy a futuristically plush Tempur-Pedic set (949+) or opt for the classic bounce of a Simmons ($429+) or Sealy ($499+). Every mattress comes with a 30-day trial period and a lowest-price guarantee, so if the buyer finds a price lower than Michaelis’s within 30 days of buying, Michaelis will double the difference in pricing.
Clemson graduate Ricky Wingard helms the staff at Econ-O-Bug, a local business dedicated to evicting pests and termites from homes and repairing damage caused by termites. Staff members can tackle infestations of ants, roaches, rodents, bed bugs, and ticks, among other creatures, and they complete their work with a focus on customer service.
Esthetics By Ginger utilizes microcurrent technology to offer noninvasive face- and body-sculpting services. The nonsurgical and drug-free treatments work to tighten the skin of the face and body, potentially reducing the appearance of wrinkles, lines, and cellulite.