By amassing a collection of furniture pieces from manufacturing companies such as Whitewood Industries, Archbold Furniture, and Whittier Wood, Barewood Outlet helps its clients find long-lasting, all-wood furniture that will be a staple of their families' abodes for generations. Barewood splits its inventory between finished-wood pieces, which stand at the ready to brighten rooms, and unfinished pieces, which customers can then have hand-finished to their specifications or take home as a do-it-yourself project. The outlet stocks all the tools, stains, and instructions necessary for these projects in order to help clients feel the rush of creating something themselves without experiencing the same old hassle of housing and feeding a Frankenstein monster.
The knowledge keepers at UniversalClass feed intrepid and curious minds alike through their exhaustive catalog of online continuing education courses. Students think their way through a curriculum of arts, accounting, cooking, or career-training courses, earning CEUs (continuing education units) as they go. In lieu of brick-and-mortar classrooms, classes meet in a virtual space constructed out of high-tech building blocks such as streaming videos, website avatars, instructor-crafted content, and social networks. The classes’ persistent online presence also allows busy students to learn at their own pace and still receive continual feedback from instructors. Students can bounce from subject to subject, preparing for a new career in proofreading, psychology, or statistics, or bone up on more esoteric topics such as metaphysics in case they get invited to tea inside the Large Hadron Collider.
Famous Tate, open since 1954, stocks and displays more than 60 refrigerators, 60 washers and dryers, 85 major cooking products, 35 dishwashers, and 40 different sleep sets . But even with all of this merchandise, staffers recognize that the store might not have exactly what a client is looking for, which is why a team of merchandisers is on hand to special order items.
The shop also features a section of clearance appliances that have cosmetic defects such as scratches and unremovable “Mondale for President” stickers. Some of these appliances are even luxury display items that need to be sold to make room for incoming models, allowing customers to find the perfect bed, refrigerator, or oven that fits their budget. When clients find what they need, a service department helps them navigate extended-warranty purchases, financing, and delivery options.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
As if materializing out of thin air, the staff at Gig Source It show up at homes to do chores and run errands. These range from housecleaning sessions to picking up items from the store and even making coffee runs. No task is too big or small, and all clients need to do is post their requests online. After that, Gig Source It provides an hourly rate for approval, then sends someone from their team to take care of business. The price usually depends on the expertise level of the employee, all of whom are interviewed and screened with background checks. For example, customers can select a beginner for something simple like grocery shopping or someone more experienced to rescue the family's pet T-Rex from a tree.
Those who clean together, stay together. Or so it seems, based on the 13 years that the mother-and-daughter team at The Definition of Clean has traveled throughout Tampa to keep homes clean and organized. When wiping down counters, scouring walls, and vacuuming floors throughout the home, the professional cleaning crew relies solely on all-natural Martha Stewart and Seventh Generation products that keep air free of nefarious toxins. The essential oils found in many of these products do more than mask odors—they neutralize them on a molecular level to help couches smell fresh, even during month-long visits from vagabond nephews. In addition to revamping rooms, the team tackles projects such as window cleaning, unpacking, and furniture care.