SteamDry Complete Carpet Care's troop of clean-cut technicians expunges fibers of lingering stains with powerful, truck-mounted cleaning units. Scrubbing specialists relocate furniture obstructions in living and dining areas before cleansing carpets of dust, dirt, and food stains tracked in by gorging bands of dusty dirt-bikers. Deeply buried odors and bacteria abscond during a meticulous sanitizing-and-deodorizing step, and an all-over application of 3M Scotchgard protects absorbent strands from future oil- and water-based stains. The cleansing process takes less than an hour, and sopping shag typically dries in fewer than 24 hours, though the drying duration can change based on outside humidity and temperature, carpet density, and the presence of dining-room slip 'n' slides.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Creative Fire Art & Pottery Studio has a roomy workspace where adults and kids can learn the craft of clay. The facility hosts day and evening classes. There’s also open studio time, where students can come and go as they please to finish building a piece or see if their clay pigeon has morphed into a real pigeon. In party packages, you and a group of friends can get a room to yourselves to work with clay under the advisement of an instructor. It’s also worth it to stop in Creative Fire Art & Pottery Studio’s gallery, which feature a number of original pottery pieces.
Nationally and state-certified massage therapist Leah Noel offers an array of massage services at Seva Therapeutic Massage that ease pain and calm all corners of the body. Deep-tissue sessions use calculated, firm pressure to break down knots and improve muscle mobility, and hot-stone therapy combines smooth, heated river rocks with Swedish massage techniques. Leah's unique mother-to-be massages target areas of the body affected by pregnancy, and signature sessions allow her to collaborate with patients for 30–90 minutes of customized motion. Leah can also journey to the workplace, offering seated chair massages for tense workers or shiatsu for jammed copy machines.
When a baby room takes the place of a man cave, once-cherished leather couches and entertainment centers often wind up curbside, waiting for their ride to the landfill. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore saves furniture from an untimely demise and stocks new and used building materials, using the proceeds to help to create affordable homes for the city's low-income families. Manufacturers, businesses, contractors, and individuals regularly stop in to donate a variety of items ranging from caulk to file cabinets to paintbrushes. The mostly volunteer staff at ReStore spent 2010 keeping more than 730,000 pounds of usable supplies out of landfills and trash mountains.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.