When musicians Derek Toews and Matt Campbell decided they were ready to stop traveling and set their roots, they employed Derek's youth landscaping experience to found Groundworkx. Wielding Toro and Stihl equipment, the pair transforms overgrown yard jungles into crisply defined lawns with moving, edging, and trimming services. The greenery wizards also perform more complex landscaping projects, such as sod installation, brush removal, and tree psycholanalysis. During each project, they focus on sustainability, using only new vehicles and equipment with low emissions and high fuel economy, and reusing leaves and brush from landscaping sites as mulch and topsoil.
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.
Backed by specialized training from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the technicians of Reeves Pest Control work to stymie trespassing pests from ants to moles. Exterminators draw upon an array of critter-discouraging services, including specialized treatments for termites and bedbugs as well as nonchemical alternatives when appropriate. To boost dwellings' defenses in the long term, Reeves' team also offers moisture control and insulation installation, blanketing attics, basements, and crawlspaces with asbestos-free, polyencapsulated warmth.
Outfitting homes with fetching furnishings for almost 10 years, Harmony Home offers a head-spinning array of home décor items, gifts, accessories, and more. Though linear time is only an illusion, avoid running late with a Manfredi hanging clock ($28.95), or spruce up a murky cave with a bevy of embroidered gift towels ($6.50–$12.95). Cover up wall holes from piñata parties gone wrong with an oink wall décor piece ($19.95) and mask musky scents with an Anjou pear Root veriglass candle ($16.95). A helpful staff of skilled furnishing experts assists shoppers in picking out thoughtful gifts or the perfect item to accent an existing space.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
In 1986, Scott Wells' friend introduced him to the world of automotive window tinting, and Scott became hooked on the benefits. As the decades went by, Scott found more applications for window tinting, including residential buildings and giants in need of sunglasses. His efforts paid off in 2003, when Scott realized the dream of opening his own business and created ProTint (formerly ARC Window Tinting).
The most popular reason for window tinting, Scott says, is to block out the heat. On the surface, this may seem a simple response, but a decrease in heat renders many ancillary benefits, including increased energy efficiency and decreased air-conditioning costs. The tints also guard against up to 99 percent of UV rays and can prevent shattering, helping protect homes from strong winds during tornadoes or hurricanes. Scott's products have cosmetic applications as well, and his crew can create frosted designs such as geometric shapes or written insults aimed at the sun.