Ample lighting casts a bright, safe glow over the dozens of storage lockers that line the wide paths at Mr. Storage, where an electronic gate safeguards a fleet of storage units that range in size from 5'x5' to 10'x30'. The secure, locking doors to each storage unit open to unveil cavernous spaces large enough to shelter furniture, boats, and RVs. Customers can retrieve their belongings 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and on-site security continuously monitors the facilities. To further assuage moving woes, staffers can equip visitors with supplies such as boxes, dollies, furniture covers, and sofa-sized teleportation chambers.
For the last two years, Adrian and Melinda Bethea have become well versed in numerous facets of the media and event planning industry. The duo use green-screen-powered photo booths to transport event guests to scenic locales and onto magazine covers featuring custom-designed event logos. Their experience with photography and videography allow them to seamlessly capture weddings and video projects, and their graphic-design capabilities allow clients to present eye-catching brochures, fliers, and mug shots. Their robust list of additional services at AMB Media Group LLC include promoting brands on Facebook and Twitter, managing entertainment talent, and event planning with custom themes.
Martinizing Dry Cleaning commits to staying on good terms with Mother Earth, using recycled hangers, biodegradable packaging, and the GreenEarth cleaning process that shields customers from exposure to chemical residues. According to a 2007 Charlotte Weekly article, “The [owners] say some of the benefits of using the solvent include clothes that are softer and brighter. The garments also don’t have the smell from perchloroethylene—a common dry cleaning agent.” Though relatively new to the Charlotte area, Martinizing Dry Cleaners have been around since 1949 and have used their more than 60 years in the business to streamline their process. They launder and dry-clean clothes, linens, and such precious garments as wedding dresses or the dresses worn by babies in their first ultrasound photos. For their work, corporate headquarters presented Martinizing with the Rookie of the Year award in 2007, the Best Customer Service award in 2010 and 2012, and the Franchisee Leadership Award in 2012.
Southern Popup Rentals' premium popups are full of sizable surprises, including electric heated mattresses and indoor/outdoor grills. Choose either the eight-foot rental, which sleeps four to six comfortably or the 10-foot rental, which has enough space for up to eight cozy humans. Both campers function as excellent hubs for exterior tent towns (tents not included) or sleeping-bag slumbering (sleeping bags also not included). Beyond snoozing space, the units feature several seating areas, including the highly coveted portable commode throne, in addition to ample counter and table space, kitchen necessities, and more (see sidebar).
The vigilant valets of DADD provide riders with a safe, convenient way to get themselves and their cars home when under the influence of alcohol. Drivers arrive in pairs—one to transport the customer home in their own car, the other to transport the transporter—eliminating the need for taxis, limousine services, and hitchhiked piggyback rides. Advanced reservations are highly recommended, but members can call from their point of departure to arrange the pickup (allow at least half an hour for travel time) or arrange the ride days ahead of time.
At No Limit Training Company, ex-athletes from the Canadian football league and former college basketball players teach exercisers the fitness lessons they learned in their heyday. Personal trainers shout encouragement as clients sprint around the workout facility, along the paths of a local park, or through the hollow bones of the Statue of Liberty. Staff will work around the schedules of each client and draw up a fitness plan to suit each person's situation. No Limit's trainers map out post-partum fitness plans for new mothers, sports-specific training for athletes, and custom training for firefighters that is designed around quick bursts of explosive activity.