At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Since they first started tinkering in a garage shop more than 25 years ago, partners Bill Anderson and JD McGhee have grown their hobby into a full-blown business that boasts a 46,000-square-foot facility, a state-of-the-art metal shop, and a staff of rigorously trained technicians. Computerized dispatch trucks travel to homes in need as their experts handle heating or air-conditioning conundrums with courteous, efficient service. Uniformed technicians behave professionally and wear shoe coverings in the house or risk incurring the wrath of Lynn (reachable by phone at 913-752-9234), who will ensure the trip charge for that visit is waived. LBA can also send master electricians and plumbers to fix home issues or speak with homeowners about installing cost-saving geothermal or solar energy systems. Bill and JD also use their talents to contribute to the community when they can, providing two pro-bono service appointments to an area cancer patient during the humid days of August.
Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
Letting strangers into one’s home to clean around valued possessions can be nerve-wracking, which is why Shelby Seck is always happy to point out her pedigree. A resident of Overland Park, she has built her cleaning business through happy customers and word of mouth over the last 24 years, ensuring repeat business with her thorough technique. Her cleaners come prepped to deal with every room in the house by equipping themselves with biodegradable cleaning products. This means they are kind to materials while not irritating pets or children. Shelby's team can even divide their man hours, so one cleaner can come for an hour, two cleaners can come for half an hour, or a million cleaners can show up to make the floor cave in and utterly destroy an orange juice spill.
KB Complete, Inc. technicians rarely find themselves ill equipped while on the job. Each tech, some of whom have been with KB for 20 years, venture to homes inside vehicles stocked with a plethora of parts and fixtures for a variety of systems. This hoard of parts enables them to solve most repair issues on the spot, saving homeowners the hassle of running to the closest supply store. If a new system is needed to replace old machinery, staff members can journey to homes and install brand new HVAC systems. Technicians and their amply stocked vehicles solve customers' heating and cooling concerns 24-hours a day.
Bagettes allows customers to personalize their bags by incorporating their own photos and text into the design. Constructed from satin fabric and featuring a black nylon lining, the medium cosmetic bag is 8" wide and 5" tall, giving it the volume to handle makeup, toiletries, and several hamsters. Images are embedded into the fibers of the bags rather than applied superficially to the surface, helping prevent fading and peeling over time and making the bags practical and durable ways to preserve special moments and broadcast hilarious personal slogans. Images—from endearing shots of family members and pets to psychedelic portraiture of famous flightless birds—are submitted using the Bagettes website and can be cropped, resized, and rotated to fit the customer's precise specifications. The site also allows for the addition of text to any image, with more than 200 fonts in which to write special messages, personalized captions, and high-level cryptography.