The Exclusive Company—a Wisconsin-bred music-and-movie retailer—has given the gift of song since 1956, earning a Best of Milwaukee award from Shepherd Express readers in 2011. Passionate staffers guide visitors toward sprawling collections of rock and jazz and bins brimming with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and loose 8mm slides from Kenny G's summer vacation. In addition to peddling new vinyl releases such as El Camino by the Black Keys and Revolver by T-Pain, the shop functions as a trading post, helping to find loving homes for preowned films and music. All used discs are carefully buffed into shape before meeting their new owners, and each comes backed by a money-back guarantee, which promises store credit if a preowned item exhibits biting tendencies. Most used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl cost less than $20.
B.C. Photography crafts sessions suited to each client’s needs. They photograph families, couples, weddings, moms-to-be, and kids, offering packages that include large and small prints, as well as digital images for unlimited personal printing. From the family pet to the aspiring model, clients receive equally customized attention. During in-studio sessions, a green screen can create backgrounds of anything from the Pyramids to a Caribbean beach. Businesses can also seek B.C. Photography's photographers’ skills to artfully capture product images. For those seeking glamour shots, their licensed hair stylist and makeup artist can apply makeup and style hair into any fashion. All photos are snapped in high definition, ensuring every image develops in exquisite detail for all photo shoots.
In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.
Though Always Brite’s staffers specialize in high-tech steam cleanings for carpets, that's not their only talent. The fully licensed and insured techs can also use Prochem brand chemicals and other tools to revamp drapery, tune-up furniture upholstery, or remove mattress tags without fear of government reprisal. Ventilation cleanings scour deep soil from dryer and heat ducts, whisking away mold, mildew, and other airborne pollutants. Tenants can also call on Always Bright for one-time cleanings before a move or after a roommate-bonding tomato-sauce fight.