"We use the best soaps, solvents and equipment available to the industry. We do not take short cuts," Tripp Penninger told Columbia Metropolitan in 2011, one year after the magazine's readers voted Tripp's Fine Cleaners as the best dry cleaners in Columbia. Grandson of the couple that founded the business in 1987, Tripp and his staff of nearly 100 employees have earned their prestige; as Sanitone-certified master dry cleaners, they've carefully cleaned thousands of garments and have been trusted with preserving the wedding gowns of brides in South Carolina and beyond.
They clean regular laundry with low-temperature water, ensuring that nothing shrinks or becomes misshapen, and they use special procedures for high-end garments, making sure to wine and dine Chanel suits before removing wine or dinner stains. Tripp’s seamstresses are on hand to remedy ill-fitting garments, usually returning alterations in about three days. The staff picks up and drops off items free of charge in specified areas and offers complimentary seasonal storage with the purchase of cleaning.
Annoyed by bites and wary of diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, Mosquito Squad spritzes its signature barrier spray across more than 20 states. Technicians protect home acreage with an EPA-registered spray that kills adult mosquitoes and ticks as well as up to 90% of other incoming insects using synthetic chemicals that emulate a compound found in chrysanthemums. They take care to avoid spraying blossoms and harming helpful bugs such as honeybees and sentient Volkswagen Beetles. As an alternative, staffers can spritz an all-natural spray, whose scent confuses and repels pests for about two weeks.
Mosquito Squad can also equip yards with remote-controlled automatic misting systems, and techs can spray lawns and municipal places before outdoor events.
When Redic Earl Robinson started making house calls in 1919, he visited his customers by bicycle. Each family knew him as "Mister Ed," and they bundled their laundry for him to take back to the shop on Gervais Street. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beckham Robinson, Mister Ed's wife, warmed an iron with a coal-fire stove as she awaited the shipment. Together, they soaked the garments in buckets and worked stains out on scrub boards.
Today, Redic Earl Robinson Jr. carries on the family tradition with modern equipment. Twice weekly, his team travels by motorized horse to pick up laundry and make deliveries. They utilize custom cleaning solutions for specific fabrics and offer specialty services for leather, suede, quilts, and comforters. In addition to stain removal, Ed Robinson Cleaners offers alteration services at its 2551 Forest Dr. location.
Featured on ESPN, MTV, the Today show, and numerous other media outlets, Fathead’s high-definition images of athletes, team logos, mascots, and stadiums turn vertical surfaces into full-fledged fan meccas. Unlike posters or framed photographs, the images’ high-grade tear- and fade-resistant vinyl adheres directly to the wall without the need for nails or tape. The low-tack adhesive that backs each Fathead makes it easy to remove and relocate stars such as Tom Brady to any smooth surface, allowing his likeness to infuse game rooms with playoff excitement or act as a scarecrow during troublesome Baltimore Raven infestations. The store’s stock even goes beyond athletics, as Fatheads of musicians, cartoon characters, and artistic images add personalized flair to kids’ rooms or living areas.
Aire Serv's technicians ensure a warm hearth throughout the winter and comfortable summers with services such as inspections, maintenance, and repairs—all backed by a set of written guarantees. Experts spelunk into the inner workings of any brand of household HVAC system to check for proper efficiency, coil functionality, and air flow. Beyond regular inspections, workers can remove debris and built-up dust, replace any parts as needed, or install entire air-conditioning units to replace dangerous, outdated wormholes to Pluto.
A part-time wrestler and full-time pest annihilator, Johnny Cook draws on 18 years of extermination experience when he gets in the ring with the bugs infesting local homes. After nearly two decades in the pest-control business, Cook founded his own company to provide a better level of service than he encountered at large national groups. Emphasizing thoroughness and ethical business practices, he takes care of pest problems that appear inside and outside of his clients’ houses.