One in, one out. This must be Curious Heart Emporium's policy for managing inventory. Colorful, handcrafted lawn sculptures seem to spill out from the yellow-and-green cottage, whose interior shelves are packed to capacity with artisan gifts and novelty pieces from across North America and Europe. Kathy Corley hand selects everything that guests see in her shop, including jewelry, greeting cards, and sarcastic wall art. Corley, who left her career in the film industry as an art director, likens the shop's character to "Willy Wonka's on steroids." When shopping around, Corley often gravitates toward items that remind her of her family members. For example, tin toys remind her of her father, and flamingo-inspired pieces represent her sister, who spent her third year of life standing on one foot. Corley also enjoys handcrafted and designer Christmas ornaments and trees, and dedicates an entire room in the store to them during the holidays. Throughout the spring and summer, her partially enclosed patio and lawn feature garden décor, including metal folk-art roosters and solar-powered paper lanterns.
Though Executive Cleaners has three locations where patrons can drop off their dirty duds for dry cleaning, the company’s staffers also make laundry day even more convenient by traveling to clients’ homes and picking clothes up themselves. All customers need to do is leave their unwashed textiles at their door, and Executive Cleaners' team will whisk them away to one of its locations, where the staff will carefully inspect, clean, and press the items before dropping them back off. To ensure immaculate threads, Executive Cleaners encourages clients to leave a note with special instructions and even use the provided spot marker to point out stains or start games of tic-tac-toe. In addition to dry cleaning and laundry services, Executive Cleaners keeps entire ensembles in pristine condition with alterations, shoe repairs, wedding-gown preservation, and leather repairs.
When Hiller Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Company's customers have questions or concerns, they can go straight to Jimmy Hiller—the company's president—with the Just Jimmy hotline. This type of access is what Jimmy takes pride in as he strives to continue customer service that has earned his company praise as one of Tennessee Magazine's Top 50 Most Promising Companies, and one of the top 500 fastest-growing private companies according to Inc. Magazine.
Along with a crew of professional technicians, Jimmy and his staffers perform routine and emergency maintenance on household systems including plumbing, heating and A/C, water heaters, and sewer and drainage systems. They specialize in everything from routine faucet adjustments to video inspections of heat exchangers, ensuring air can flow freely and vents aren't concealing any lost Santa Clauses.
The dry-cleaning specialists at Max Precision Cleaning Enterprise maintain a kindly rapport with articles of clothing and the customers who bring them in. Rather than subject fragile garments to the rough-and-tumble of thrashing washers, delicates are carefully analyzed to determine the proper course of action, with meticulous by-hand cleaning administered when necessary. The experts who staff each location are similarly conscientious about the earth and the humans who inhabit it, introducing environmentally helpful measures, including reusing plastic garment bags as waste-can liners, into their cleaning protocols whenever possible and allowing each location to double as a Salvation Army drop-off site for clothing donations.
Dedicated to craftsmanship, creativity, and conservation-quality materials, the framing experts at Picture Frame Warehouse protect the integrity of portraits and paintings with acid-free mats and UV-blocking glass. In addition to ready-made frames, the shop stocks more than 1,500 custom mouldings, with designs to complement any diploma or certificate of lunar land ownership. Most framing jobs are completed within one week, allowing patrons just enough time to peruse the store’s entire collection of photo frames and oil paintings.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.