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.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
The knowledgeable staff at Architectural Design Surfaces tailors elegant suits for the southernmost surfaces of kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, and other domestic enclosures. Implement an elegant floor coating with 13.5" x 13.5" Statuario ($2.35) and Crema Marfil ($3.10) porcelain tiles (12" x 12" also available for $1.79 per sq. ft.), or reward faithful furniture pieces with Botticino Semi Classico marble tiles ($5) and other natural stone surfaces.
Revelle’s Art & Framing by Design offers high-quality frames, framing supplies, and an assortment of artwork and jewelry designed by local artists. Prices vary according to the size and nature of the project, but frame-seekers can enhance the edges of family photos or rare collectors’-item nude portraits of Herbert Hoover with a custom 11”x14” frame ($50), chosen from a select group that includes black-, gold-, and silver-lined frames featuring anti-UV-ray glass, archival matting and backing, and a strong magnetic attraction to walls. Customers can also opt to shop the shop’s selection of New Orleans Saints memorabilia, soy candles, artisan jewelry, and decorative fleur-de-lis crafts hand-made by modern French monarchs.