Started in 2003, Cantone II Carpet Cleaning has many years of experience in the industry. The two-man carpet-cleaning crew ousts stains with a rotary machine and dry-foam cleaner. This dry foam penetrates carpet down to the padding to lift stains, and the machine inhales vast amounts of debris and dirt before looking to the side and coughing politely.
Carpets dry in less than two hours, compared to the four hours it takes after steam extraction and the day and a half it takes after soaking rugs in dishwasher detergent. The machine also scours tile and grout, purifies upholstery, and strips and waxes floors.
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 planner helps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
For more than a decade, John Paul Kindig has snapped portraits, averaging more than 300 assignments annually in recent years. His striking, traditional compositions—for couples, families, and corporate clients—capture minute detail in his subjects and their surroundings. He travels throughout Pinellas County to offer scenic on-location shoots at beaches, parks, and atop abandoned spaceships that have crash-landed on Earth. After shoots wind down, clients can elect to purchase prints or a DVD containing high-definition images.
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.
Carolina Factory Outlet's interior stylists sup up homes with an array of factory-direct furniture pieces. Step into a 16,000-square-foot warehouse and sift through scores of decorative duds, such as Westbrook four-piece bedroom sets, with dresser, mirror, nightstand, and headboard made from oak-tree skin ($299+). Carolina Factory Outlet stocks more than 150 pairs of table lamps ($99–$199) that light up rooms more effectively than a Chia Head filled with sparklers. Three-packs of entertainment tables ($317/set) liven up soirees or solo TV-dinner interludes, and rocker recliners ($277) usher in quiet time spent lounging in sequined Lycra suits.