The thoroughly trained staff members at each My Oreck Store direct customers toward the proper housecleaning accouterments while doling out customized services plus 30-day money-back guarantees on returned items. Tidy up living spaces with a new vacuum by Oreck or Miele ($149.99+), or outfit a vacuum with a new bag ($5.99–$50 for all brands) to complement its date-night outfit. Air purifiers ($149.99) help to rid the surrounding atmosphere of contaminants, and industrial-strength cleaning supplies ($5–$79.99) utilize powerful ingredients that perform constant bicep curls and lunges to vigorously sanitize soiled surfaces.
The technicians at Progas perform a kind of everyday magic, calling forth flames from grills and summoning hot water directly from the tap. Instead of spell books, they draw their power from a more natural source—propane. The shop’s service crew brings their versatile fuel, which is clean, nontoxic, and odorless, into residential and commercial spaces. They specialize in tank installations, leak checks, and appliance conversion, ensuring that old-fashioned home accessories that run on wood or feathers from passenger pigeons can finally join the 21st century.
Lights Fantastic brightens abodes with energy-efficient masterpieces from brands such as George Kovacs and Texas Fluorescents. The company’s two show rooms house more than 2,000 indoor and outdoor light fixtures that range from pewter chandeliers to bronze lanterns that keep vigil over gardens while pet fireflies rest their weary abdomens. Traditional bedside lamps cast a warm glow on book pages, and the blades of ceiling fans whirl in a delicate dance that circulates air throughout living rooms and dices ripened tomatoes in kitchens.
Meletio Lighting & Electrical Supply's professional, enthusiastic staff helps customers navigate two show rooms packed with hundreds of light fixtures from a lengthy roster of brands. Resembling shining twin clones of the Liberty Bell before Benjamin Franklin wired it to his amplifier, a pair of flawless Turinian Scavo glass lamps illuminates bathrooms from a wooden wall perch ($59.90). Joselyn candleholders position a transparent amber glass shell atop a curved, antiqued bronze base to cast a quaint, homey glow ($125.95 for a set of two). Five glass-enclosed lights delicately dwell on slender arched arms extending from the Courtney Lakes rubbed-bronze chandelier, which dangles from a 5-foot-long chain and receives power from a 10-foot-long wire and deep meditation ($159.95). The elegant Mia ceiling fan with bowl light ($171) illuminates domiciles while sweeping along lollygagging air currents with a three-speed reversible motor.
Drew Johnson and his friend Jordan harbored a secret dream to own a thrift shop from the earliest years of their friendship, as far back as middle school. They schemed for years, and when a space opened in the heart of the community where they both grew up, they didn’t hesitate. The duo opened Urban Thrift, stocking it with recycled and reusable clothing, jewelry, appliances, and furniture.
Though they keep it spotlessly clean, Drew and Jordan still celebrate the raw, urban feel of their space. “Our dressing room utilizes cinder blocks and gas piping, our ceiling is exposed, our floor is unfinished concrete, and that’s how we like it,” said Drew. They don’t forget the community that fostered them and their dream, either, giving donations to local churches and school clubs.