Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
Each year, more than 100,000 people trust the grime vanquishers at Lyerly's Cleaners to erase unsightly stains in a timely, convenient manner. The affable staff can cleanse barbecue-sauce-stained dresses ($11.25), wash donut jelly from suits ($11.85), remove clingy suitors from sweaters ($6.45), and spiff up garments of all varieties. After their laundered raiment is delivered, customers can flaunt crisp pants ($5.65) and fresh-smelling ties ($11.25) on the red carpet at a nearby rug store. Prices may vary for clothing that is made of unusual material or has been stored in a hollowed-out gourd.
The Teak Hut’s expansive array of durable wood furniture presents a beautiful alternative to traditional room fillers and patio paraphernalia. Each of the more than 100 available pieces is solid teak wood, which can survive for more than 25 years and features a naturally high oil content that helps it resist cracking, splitting, and rotting. Sate melanin-craving skins while standing on a sun-chaise lounge ($349) or gaze across patio kingdoms from a bucket-seated Adirondack ($269). A 24-inch bar table ($249) with matching chairs ($149 each) is a perfect excuse to take a pinochle game outside, where shuffling cards is less likely to break lamps or china. For possessors of two or more posteriors, a selection of benches and porch swings lend a natural-hued elegance to opinion-airing sessions (starting at $209 and $259 respectively).
At Brick by Brick, owners Kendra and Matthew Randall have developed programs for all ages around the customizable world of Lego models, encouraging kids to hone their STEM skills—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—through imaginative building projects. By guiding students through hands-on construction work, they and their staff of certified teachers convey concepts that range from simple counting to the physics of a pulley system.
All curriculums are centered around age-appropriate activities. Sessions for 2- to 4-year-olds are designed to hone motor skills by stacking large foam blocks. From there, classes steadily progress in complexity: 5- to 7-year-olds begin working with rolling vehicles, whereas 8- to 10-year-olds can motorize their models. The most advanced lesson focuses on computer-guided robotics, and tasks groups with creating a robot that can navigate a maze or packed middle-school dance floor on its own. Weeklong summer camps also result in creations that adhere to a motif. Under the Sea participants undertake marine-themed projects, and burgeoning directors compose a short film to conclude Stop Motion Animation Movie Making Camp.
In addition to hosting their onsite sessions, birthday parties, and open-play hours, Brick by Brick instructors travel to more than 40 area schools to lead enrichment programs. These visits still adhere to the business's central philosophy of teamwork, imagination, and analytical thinking, a framework backed by Matt's career as a professional engineer.
As parents of two young children, Mosquito Squad franchise owners Mary Anna and David Lewis share their parent company's concern for the prevalence of insect-borne diseases. Every day they continue the company mascot Dread Skeeter's crusade against backyard pests in order to protect families from the very real threat posed by some mosquito and tick populations, which can include West Nile and Lyme disease. To ensure a thorough debugging, expert technicians treat residential properties backed by a 100 percent money-back guarantee. While technicians spray outside, kids can stay inside and enjoy The Adventures of Dread Skeeter coloring book that chronicles Dread's ongoing struggle against flying disease spreaders, from the common mosquito to the flying squirrel with contagious hiccups. Additionally, Mosquito Squad's antidisease efforts extend overseas through its ongoing efforts to eradicate malaria in Africa through their support of Malaria No More.