Dry Cleaners, Upholsterers, Shoe Repair, Dog Walkers, Auto Body Shops, Movers, and More
Maid in Heaven
To unveil the best version of your house, you don't want to just schedule an anonymous white van to show up with mops; you need a cleaning company that knows precisely what needs to be done — down to the last cobwebbed corner. Maid in Heaven spends as much precleaning phone time with you as you need, figuring out what areas you want cleaned, how you want them treated, and what spots can be left alone. The company charges $45 an hour (phone time not included), and when the cleaning fairies show up, they'll know exactly what to do.
Dry Clean City
1641 Matthews Township Pkwy., 704-814-4355; 6316 Old Sugar Creek Rd., 704-597-0123; drycleancitycharlotte.com
No one wants to hand over a favorite blazer or daughter's prom dress to a cheap, shady dry cleaner, but paying an amount that could have topped off an SUV's gas tank to clean a few shirts and pants is torture. At bright, friendly Dry Clean City, in Matthews and University City, all dry-cleaning items are $2.25 each. Period. You'll slash your cleaning bill in half and still be assured that all your favorite pieces will be cleaned, pressed, and freshened with the TLC they deserve.
Courteous Carpet Care
It's the surface where the kids play, you work out to your Pilates DVD, and the dog naps — you want it to be treated like silk. Courteous Carpet Care owner Dane Rabb, who has operated this carpet cleaning go-to for eighteen years, does almost all the company's residential cleanings himself ($75 for the first two rooms, depending on the size), and uses a gentle hot-water extraction method that gets your carpet glowing like new without using bristle-wearing chemicals.
The Living Room
1514 Camden Rd., 704-342-1800
Whether you want a lacquered wooden frame for a vintage painting or a distressed, metallic border for a prized family photo, The Living Room can steer you in the right direction. Owner David Frers hand selects every frame in this South End shop, picking favorites from manufacturers like Roma and Juhl. Plus, he'll set a budget with you before you start looking, and help you find a frame with a look and price that are picture perfect.
Dean's Shoe Repair
2925 Selwyn Ave., 704-334-8985
If the shoe fits, don't let it wear. Dean's Shoe Repair will replace the soles on your dress shoes, stretch out your loafers, or polish your best heels to sparkle. And this husband- and-wife owned Myers Park storefront will even patch up a handbag or repair a broken zipper, all at reasonable prices (a ladies' heel replacement starts at just $10).
H&F Upholstering, Inc.
1913 Cleveland Ave., 704-375-3945
While the frills and finery of an interior design shop can be tempting, it's often worth cutting the middleman and going straight to the experts: H&F Upholstering, Inc. This sixty-three-year-old, family- owned spot in South End lets you flip through thick books of more than 500 samples of suede, velvet, and chenille. Once you've picked your pattern, a professional will breathe new life into that faded armchair or stained ottoman on-site in less than two weeks.
Matthews Township Collision Center
10535 Monroe Rd., 704-845-1045, matthewscollisioncenter.com
The best auto bodies are like the best doctors — gentle, straightforward, thorough, and knowledgeable. At Matthews Township Collision Center, the friendly eight-person staff can handle any car off the road, whether you need nicked paint touched up or a busted bumper repaired. And you can rest easy that even the quickest fixes (which can take as little as a day) are done with the precision and care of a surgeon.
2400 Park Rd., # F, 704-348-5488; 8324 Pineville Matthews Rd., # 502, 704-543-6080; 440 E. Mccollough Dr., # 224, 704-547-9900
Whether your denim is dragging on the ground or the sleeves on your blazer are wiping your dinner plate for you, Anna's Alterations can have your clothes fitting like a glove in just a matter of hours. Plus, the unbeatable prices -- a dress hem starts at just $20 -- stay the same whether you need your piece back that afternoon or want to pick it up next week.
704-588-6868 in Charlotte; 803-366- 6200 in Rock Hill, S.C.; easymovers.com
Anyone who's ever moved knows this truth: paying a great moving company to transfer your life from one house to another is some of the best money you'll ever spend. For around $95 an hour, depending on the season, Easy Movers will show up early to help you pack all your belongings, whether it's fine china, a plasma TV, or an unwieldy refrigerator, treating them all like they were their own. Easy Movers can take you anywhere within a 600-mile radius, and the company even has a Pineville storage facility for items you're not ready to deal with yet.
1132 N. Caldwell St., 704-910-3970, tripsforkidscharlotte.org
At the ReCyclery, volunteer experts take used cycles and refurbish them with new chains, seats, tires, or anything else that needs sprucing. In addition to parts and repairs, this NoDa bike shop (with bike riders painted on the mural outside) sells mountain, road, and race bikes for between $100 and $700, and kid cycles can be as low as $20. The best part? All profits go to Trips for Kids Charlotte Chapter, which holds biking programs and earn-a-bike programs for inner-city youth.
301 S. College St., 704-375-7252
The uptown auto detailers at Mint Condition, conveniently perched on Level H of the Wachovia parking deck, make a car detailing as easy as a shoe shine. Bring in your car, and in just a matter of hours, the two-man team will have your mats dirt free, your paint waxed, and your tires looking like their old selves. A full detail costs between $140 and $200, but you can also opt for just interior or exterior work.