Magnolia Lighting's stockade illuminates living quarters with sundry lighting fixtures and home accents. Guests can peruse the expansive showroom rife with crystal chandeliers, lavish candelabras, and teardrop lights artfully suspended from the ceiling. Decorative accessories such as Light Charms magnetic crystals ($42) spruce up chandeliers and a variety of outdoor lighting options shed light on patios and walkways. Patrons can curl up with a book or ancient Greek tablet by the flame of a Lafco candle ($55)—lauded as one of Oprah's “Favorite Things”—and decorative mirrors ($89 for a 44"x32" model) spruce up empty walls and fool gullible eyes into thinking rooms are larger than they actually are.
With fresh, top-quality flowers, the staffers at Dorothy K’s Florist expertly arrange beautiful blooms and other gifts for all occasions. Make Mom’s May day with the Bellissimo, a charming clutch of pastel roses and white-cushion pompons ($41.99), or the Simple Perfection, a burst of stargazer lilies accented by pale pink roses ($44.99). The Your Day bouquet of white roses, sunny Asiatic lilies, and golden carnations conveys congratulations to a college or school-of-fish graduate ($50.99). Gift givers can also dodge moving duty by presenting a new homeowner a perennial plant ($40.99+), or pick up a gourmet basket to extend eternal gratitude for the fruits of labor ($42.99+). As an FTD florist, Dorothy K's backs deliveries with a satisfaction guarantee.
Well versed in the ways of the washer-dryer and its household cooking and cleaning kin, the staff of The Home Appliance Store will help shoppers land the perfect machine mate. The expansive selection of leading-brand appliances includes the modern incarnation of the best friend of '50s' moms, the Electrolux Built-in Microwave, featuring a stainless-steel drop-down door and simple touch control panel. Give finished meals a place to keep cozy with the KitchenAid Warming Drawer, which coddles casseroles and makes sure roasts don't go cold, dry out, or attempt to fly south. Knowledgeable staffers will also assist in replacing wasteful appliances, such as old dishwashers that spike electricity bills and guzzle water, with sleeker, more efficient ones, such as the super-quiet Frigidaire Professional 24" Built-in Dishwasher.
More than a decade ago, Harrell Spencer landed a job with a carpet-cleaning company. He enjoyed his work so much that he eventually bought the business and dubbed it Ultimate Carpet Cleaning. A resident of Memphis for 34 years, Harrell keeps his good name in the community by quoting honest prices and backing his work with a satisfaction guarantee. After a light preconditioner, he extracts carpet stains with deep-steam-cleaning techniques and eliminates odor-causing bacteria with live enzymes. In addition to purging rugs, Harrell scrubs ceramic tiles by hand and dries them with high-pressure heat to extract grease and grime. Once they’re clean, he can seal the grout to give them a glossy finish that repels dirt so well you can't even write dirty language on it. In the event of an emergency, Harrell springs into action both day and night to help repair water damage.
The Neighborhood Grill’s kitchen team expertly prepares home-cooked breakfasts and lunches; flipping stacks of pancakes onto plates with city or country ham and carefully attending to hot plate lunches. For breakfast, the cooks transform eggs into fluffy omelets and pile them onto a Poor Man’s Plate that serves them on a split biscuit with gravy, sausage, and cheese. At lunch, slices of texas toast clasp fried bologna, club sandwiches, and patty melts. Other stacked fare includes chicken with honey mustard or spicy sauce and half-pound burgers with barbecue sauce and homemade slaw. The staff takes particular pride in its coffee and tea, so patrons can either perk up with java or be British by imbibing tea—because all British people drink tea at all times, even when they’re drinking coffee.