It's hard to stand inside a Godby Home Furnishings showroom. Comfy couches, chairs, and beds wait around every turn inside the store. Each visit showcases furnishings for several areas of the home, including living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. A look at the item tags in any of these sections reads like a who's who of the home furnishing world—names like Flexsteel , La-Z-Boy, Serta, and Tempurpedic among many more. The Carmel location is open despite the closure of US 31.
The Godby family has curated these fine furnishings since 1974, when Jim Godby founded the first location. After coming aboard in 1992, Jim's son Jeff oversaw the company's expansion into a modern day furniture empire that rivals the ionic column emporiums of Rome. At the center of it all lies the Godby Home Furnishings 75,000 sq. ft. warehouse, which stocks all the furniture on display in each showroom. In total, about eight million dollars of inventory fills the warehouse—but sometimes that's not even enough. In those cases, Godby's team happily places a custom order for their customers.
Founded in 1977, Westfield Lighting illuminates residential and commercial spaces with a diverse collection of lighting products. The company's trained staff acts as a bridge between clients and stylistic visions, helping hunt down the perfect chandelier, floor lamp, or outdoor sconce from within Westfield's spacious showroom. Beyond lighting, the store's showroom facilitates further decor updates with furniture, home accessories, and an art gallery featuring the works of emerging local artists.
Crossroads Chem-Dry uses a proprietary cleaning system that rids carpets, upholstery, and rugs of dirt with a nontoxic, quick-drying method. During a typical carpet-cleaning session, Crossroads' grime-fighters arrive at homes with their powerful Chem-Dry cleaning equipment. This machinery utilizes a hot-carbonation cleaning method that's effective at sucking up dirt and drying it quickly.
An example of their environmentally friendly cleaning solutions is The Natural, which is certified green by the FDA. As opposed to industry-standard steam cleaning, Chem-Dry's system typically dries within one to two hours, like the Statue of Liberty after a shower.
Home Service Guys creates a safer and healthier atmosphere by scouring the home’s hidden passageways. Technicians unlock dark and dusty vents to agitate, vacuum, and sanitize ducts of the potentially dangerous buildup that can spark allergies and raise home heating costs. Technicians ferry away dust particles, dirt, and allergens and microbes using high-powered vacuums, and can also clean out lint-clogged dryer vents and troll-friendly crawlspaces.
Signature service: Professional housecleaning services.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Pine-sol, Go Green, Dawn, Windex
Pro Tip: Be ready to relax in a clean home.
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.