The scent of soap bubbles and a chorus of barks fill the air at Cute-N-Classy Pet Salon. Dogs and cats of all sizes come in for a scrub, brush, and trim during grooming sessions that take place onsite. The groomer Stephanie also snips and files nails, cleans glands and ears, preps coats with a flea treatment, and makes sure each dog isn?t actually a well-behaved raccoon.
What began as Anita Gibson's struggling, two-person family business has evolved into Advanced Weight Loss Clinics, an organization with 17 corporately owned clinics and 3 franchise locations spread throughout the southeastern United States. Each center's team of doctors and weight-loss specialists encourages clients to win a similarly daunting battle by creating personalized plans for success. The program incorporates vitamins, supplements, and appetite suppressants with a low-calorie, low-fat meal plan that discourages using soft-serve ice cream as toothpaste.
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.
The professional tax preparers at Quicker Refund have been checking off "file taxes" on clients' to-do lists since 1999. In addition to navigating the often-confusing paperwork associated with personal taxes, they also process the tax records of small businesses. Through their meticulous efforts, the team ensures their clients receive the maximum refund to which they are entitled.
“My mom swears that I was born with a label-maker in my hand,” says Christi Gamble, the professional organizer behind Consider it Done!. As a child, she sorted her Barbies according to their outfits and took care to place the fake egg carton in the right spot of her play kitchen’s refrigerator. Christi later channeled that focus into her career, earning a master’s degree in organizational management and working to help corporations run efficiently. She began to lead seminars on time management and organizational skills, after which people often approached her about helping them sort out their homes. She saw a new way to make use of her talents and, in 2005, founded Consider it Done!.
Today, Christi helps homeowners tackle all of their organizational challenges, from a messy closet to an entire home. After an initial consultation, she lends her guidance as clients sort out what to keep and what to purge. Then, she brings in supplies, working within a predetermined budget to find functional containers and storage spaces.
Christi usually returns about a month later to see how things are and to shoo away Borrowers nesting in freshly organized sock drawers. For her, the most rewarding part of her job is hearing back from clients about how much more efficiently they can get ready in the morning, set up for a party, or make a meal. “They’re less stressed. They have more time with their family,” she says. “That’s what makes it worthwhile.”
At four locations across Alabama, Phone Restore’s technologically savvy team keeps all manner of smartphones and tablets running smoothly. Customers can stop in with a variety of devices: iPhones; HTC, LG, and Motorola smartphones; or telegraphs implanted with tiny brains. Regardless of the machine, Phone Restore’s technicians can replace or repair an arsenal of parts, including speakers, power buttons, LCD screens, and touchscreens. The crew also services first-, second-, and third-generation iPads, as well as iPod touches. All repairs are performed onsite and typically take less than two hours. Phone Restore further puts customers at ease by confidently backing its work with a 90-day warranty.