Sullied carpets and their owners breathe a sigh of relief when they hear a Heaven's Best Carpet Cleaning truck pull into the driveway. Heaven’s Best CEO Cody Howard and his business partner founded the company in 1983 to provide the country with a faster-drying alternative to hot-water-extraction carpet cleaning. Technicians refresh dusty floor toupees with a special carpet-cleaning formula that breaks down and dislodges dirt before a powerful device sucks up the evidence, leaving carpets dry in as little as one hour. Their cleaning expertise also extends to hardwood floors, rugs, tile and grout, upholstery, leather, and albums with parental advisories.
As a second-generation carpet cleaner, Carpet Clean Team owner Craig Henderson has spent the majority of his life in the industry. During that time, he's witnessed the evolution of cleaning technology, acquainting himself with the tools he uses today: truck-mounted hot-water extraction units. The first of four tools implemented in the company's cleaning process, the hot-water machines reach temperatures of up to 250 degrees—the type of heat required to effectively reduce the presence of germs and microscopic snowmen. Carpet Clean Team's technology also treats upholstery and other flooring issues, such as pet stains.
In 1971, Michael Sowers taught himself how to throw clay in a high-school art class. The classroom had a functioning pottery wheel, but the instructor didn't know how to use it, so Michael began checking out instructional books from the library to support his fledgling interest.
Ever since, he's been molding masses of clay into plates and vessels, preserving their shapes with the heat of a 2,350-degree kiln. His work is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing—subtly hued french butter dishes hold a quarter pound of butter in water, keeping it fresh for up to a month, and grater plates come equipped with a built-in shredder for garlic, ginger, parmesan cheese, or CIA documents. Sowers seals each piece with a lead-free glaze used by potters since the time of the Ming dynasty, ensuring that customers can safely send his pottery through a dishwasher or heat them in a microwave or oven.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
A multiservice home-maintenance provider, Brilliant Services grew out of owner Kris Nevers's experiences with many one-dimensional service providers who had long lists of tasks they don't do. As a result, Brilliant Services' carefully screened employees and approved vendors perform nearly all major property-maintenance tasks from cleaning to remodeling and handyman work. The company is also a DBE-certified woman-owned business with a special emphasis on social responsibility and environmentally sustainable practices that include the use of green cleaning solutions and attachment of solar panels to the family minivan.