Since 2003, the experienced staff at Freedom Heating and Cooling has aimed to keep homes and offices comfortable throughout the full range of Alabama weather, come heat wave or sneeze from Jack Frost. In addition to servicing and installing furnaces and air-conditioning units of all makes and models, the licensed HVAC techs offer a satisfaction guarantee and up to a two-year warranty on all repairs.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
Of all the products at Alabama Solar Film, including window films, decorative films, and security laminates, the staff is probably most partial to the clear bra paint-protection film. Cut by hand to fit any area of a vehicle, the film acts as a transparent, protective barrier from road debris, UV light, hazardous weather, and pterodactyl droppings. In addition to this stealthy paint protectant, Alabama Solar Film specializes in auto detailing services that range from shampooing seats and floor mats to cleaning windows and engines. Besides its many automotive services, the company also spruces up homes with high-quality tinted films for architectural applications, which can lower home energy bills while protecting precious interiors or punishing rambunctious plants.
The students at Winonah School of Cosmetology hone their shampooing, coloring, and skincare talents during professional, hands-on training classes. They sharpen their scissor skills under the watchful supervision of licensed instructors, snipping away split ends and crafting flattering new ‘dos with confidence and precision. They also learn to navigate the chemical waters of perms and relaxers, in addition to extension installation and updos.
Painted By U caters to burgeoning artists and crafters of all ages in a studio that invites visitors to create fused glass works, paint ceramic bisques, or color blank canvases. After choosing their piece from a selection of more than 300 ceramic forms, walk-in artists can elect colors from a rainbow of glazes with which to paint mugs, tiles, and pieces of Atlantis. Meanwhile, a glittering array of glass pieces awaits selection as experts help artists fuse and slump their assemblages into vibrant silica masterpieces. The studio's collection of idea books, stencils, and stamps kindle artistic inspiration, while studio assistants lend tips and tricks to creators hard at work. Party-planners can rent out an activity room that accommodates up to 18 guests to forge art-filled birthdays, bridal showers, or ladies' nights.