Joe and John Lunsford wanted to find a way to extend the life of carpets, which often showed their age through stains and discoloration, so they turned to their chemist mother, Jean Beason, for guidance. Her system of on-location carpet dying—which she perfected during years of research, development, and carefully planned carpet-store heists—eventually led them to start Professional Carpet Systems in 1978.
As the Lunsford's startup grew to 75 locations worldwide, they switched their focus to carpet cleaning, using pH-balanced rinsing agents and a rapid-drying system. Now, the IICRC-certified firm also offers spot and odor removal, upholstery cleaning, and allergy-relief treatments backed by a 200% guarantee: if the customer isn’t satisfied with the treatment, Professional Carpet Systems will issue a full refund and pay for re-cleaning by a different company.
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.
As the skipper of Magnolia Construction Group, LLC, Darcy Schoening leads a team of commercial- and residential-construction specialists certified to work across three states—Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Its services span the entire spectrum of construction work, from smaller scale cabinetry to repairing the damage left over after a fierce storm. Before so much as pulling a hammer out of its tool belt or peeling off a shingle, the team offers its clients free estimates of the services to be performed, preventing unwanted surprises when the bill arrives.
Signature service: Carpet cleaning
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Pet and child friendly products
Pro Tip: Please vacuum carpets completely, moving all small breakable objects.
Though it's an airy indoor facility, The Crag Indoor Rock Climbing gym gleans its name from the jagged outdoor cliffs that climbing enthusiasts often strive to summit. Designed by a respected indoor rock-wall builder, The Crag safely recreates the excitement of inching up a punishing rock formation. However, not every wall at the facility is so challenging. It's frequently populated by skilled youth climbers and kids as young as 8. The younger climbers at The Crag often become adept through joining the youth climbing team, or by attending the gym's skill-building summer camp, where campers learn to scale walls by practicing belaying, top roping, and stealing Batman's utility belt. The facility's designer also kept adults and seasoned practitioners in mind by creating more than 100 routes that range in difficulty from beginner to more advanced.
For more than 30 years, independently owned and operated Chem-Dry's have provided a range of scrub-down services, from professional home and business cleaning to upholstery restoration. Central Chem-Dry carries on this tradition in the Nashville area, sending a friendly grime-fighter technician to rid houses of messy malcontents. Techs revivify dingy carpets with The Natural, Chem-Dry’s proprietary, nontoxic cleaning solution, and Legacy Cleaning system. The system uses less water than traditional steam cleaning, thereby encouraging speedier drying times of 1–2 hours. Upholstery-cleaning services also harness the power of The Natural cleaning system, lifting away dirt and allergens as easily as John Henry lifted a hammerhead shark. Beyond basic cleaning, Chem-Dry’s dedicated service technicians are also available for commercial cleaning.