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).
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Bulutberry Cleaning Services scours domiciles, commercial spaces, and new constructions to sparkling states of spotlessness. Bulutberry's polishing pros send dirt and dust into early retirement in bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, with special attention given to baseboards, cabinetry, or any area a client specifies as a priority. Floors shed the bonds of filth after a thorough mopping and vacuuming, and a careful buff job and blinds dusting, like a soothing dropperful of artificial tears for house eyes, leaves windows gleaming.
The wanton demolition of the world’s rainforests painfully demonstrates that it doesn’t take much for someone to remove a tree, which is why Palmetto Tree Service’s founder, ISA-certified arborist Robert Thompson, seeks to bring environmental responsibility to his services. Though he and his team do everything they can to preserve our bark-covered friends—including pruning for health and fertilization—sometimes removal is unavoidable because of irreparable damage or disease. In those cases, Palmetto donates $1 to the Arbor Day Foundation for each tree it removes while providing staffers to extend their arms as a place for weary birds to rest. Palmetto Tree Service also lends its services to clearing the damage caused by hurricanes, the most recent of which have been Charlie, Ivan, Wilma, Katrina, Ike, and Irene. Its respect for all things green is also the driving force behind its use of AlturnaMats, which protect lawns when heavy equipment is needed to complete a job.