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.
Leave the mowing to the optimally primed lawn transformers that are heavy on power and surprisingly light on explosions and finally show that inefficient neighborhood boy how lawn care is done (typically $40 for a quarter-acre lot). If you're losing beachballs, babies, and venture capital in a backyard nest of weeds, have a three-man crew swim through the shrubbery pruning, bed cleaning, and weeding to beautify your outdoor areas ($90/hour). Allow the experts to tuck plants into beds, hang flowering baskets ($20 per piece), or install plants as large as 3 gallons (four-plant minimum, $100 total).
Since 1983, the foot-traffic experts at LeCarpets have paved homes with quality carpeting and flooring. The shop covers customers’ sales tax and gives home-owning feet confidence with a five-year installation warranty. Shop flooring according to three designated quality levels: good ($23.31/yd. or $2.59/ft.); better ($33.21/yd. or $3.69/ft.); or best ($45/yd. or $5/ft.). Shoppers can browse thousands of different colors, styles, and toe-tickling levels of carpeting, including Stainmaster UltraLife carpet. Exotic hardwoods imbue homes with a classic elegance and ideal Superball surface, and durable vinyl from Mannington, Armstrong, and other brands keep kitchens and bathrooms gleaming and easy to clean. LeCarpet visitors will also discover a wide range of laminates and ceramic tiles shaped like famous rectangles.
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.
Since 1999, Tadporters has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors, including fine artists, professional photographers, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Owner and famed framer Michael D. Johnson is a perfectionist, treating each frame as an equally important soul mate to the art, picture, or document it surrounds. Recent grads can honor four years of hard work or hard liquor by accentuating their diploma in a frame of simple design starting at $100. A favored piece of art or Burton Gilliam photograph can be sealed in a chic border from $150 to $250, depending on the size, and a worthy sports jersey can get a spiffy frame job for under $350.
What makes your business stand out?
We use professional movers and our own equipment. We do not use temp workers or day laborers. Our guys are extremely friendly as well as hard working and we strive to have the best possible customer service by exceeding our customers' expectations.
What inspired you to start or run this business?
After working for another local moving company through college, I decided to start my own locally based moving company. After spending five years in business with my former partner and winning the 2013 Memphis most moving award, I decided to branch off and start another company.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Each move comes with dollies, blankets, ratchet straps, tools, and insurance. We also offer other services like packing, unpacking, loading, and unloading of a customer's rental truck or POD, as well as inner home and office moves.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
"These guys were great!" We hear it all the time, but it never gets old.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Moving is a really stressful time in most people's life. We enjoy taking the stress out of the move and making customers feel comfortable during the moving process.
Staff Size: 11–25
Pro Tip: My Town Movers, Inc. is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured full-service moving company.