The professional movers of Two Men and a Truck Metairie follow what they term "the grandma rule"—that is, they treat every customer the way they'd want their own grandmother to be treated. Two high-school-aged brothers and their resourceful mom started the company in the early 1980s with little more than a pickup truck to ferry their clients' possessions. Since then, the startup has grown into an enterprise with more than 1,200 trucks. The founders of the outfit's New Orleans branch underwent two weeks of intensive training in Lansing where they learned to maneuver, wrap, and load items as hefty as a grand piano or as delicate as a china cabinet filled with emotions. The team also unpacks possessions at new locations and supplies moving boxes and packing supplies.
Founded as a piano restoration business in 1958, Hall Piano Company has since expanded its repertoire. The company's technicians still restore pianos, but now pianists also teach students of all ages to coax music from the keys. The instructors draw on extensive education and decades of experience to help students build a foundation of musical knowledge. When they're ready, students can show off their skills on the studio's recital stage, which is equipped with Steinway concert grand pianos and broadcasting technology that lets loved ones watch and listen from afar.