Thermax Carpet Care’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification–certified technicians begin every carpet-cleaning job by removing loose debris and passing it though a water-filtration system that cleans, removes odor, and purifies the air. Then, with the help of truck-mounted steam extraction systems, they attack entrenched dust mites and allergens without the use of harmful chemicals.
In addition to its staff-administered services, Thermax also rents out easy-to-use, professional-grade equipment for cleaning home carpets or welcome mats within an alien spacecraft.
Armed with more than 20 years of cleaning and restoration experience, Tyson, the owner of Sam's Carpet Care, commands a dedicated crew of trained carpet technicians. In the premium carpet treatment, which lasts one to three hours, cleaners bathe up to 450 square feet of furniture-free space in a pretreatment solution before tending to spotted stains left by sippy cups that haven't been housebroken. Next, a powerful, truck-mounted hot-water-extraction system scrubs down threads and vacuums out the soap, leaving behind a bright, newly groomed carpet. Sam's Carpet Care's technicians will relocate any obstructive furniture or squatting college buddies from the cleaning area and replace them after the treatment. Clients can upgrade either option to cover more square footage for an additional fee. Today's deal doesn't expire until May 31, 2012, making it a good holiday gift idea.
The expert florists at Alaska Wholesale Flower Market, whose collection of flowers comes from all over the world, teach visitors the tricks of the trade in a laid-back, personal setting. Every Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., owner and AFID member Robin Phillips hosts hands-on bouquet classes that demonstrate how to bind and blend different fauna into eye-catching arrangements using provided materials. After putting the finishing touches on their budding masterpieces, students can saunter home with personalized bouquets great for tossing over shoulders at weddings or diverting a stampede of wedding planners.
Owner Sheri Olesen stocks her boutique Chartreuse with gently used apparel, jewelry, and accessories and blankets its walls in the creative output of local artists. Guests can cover upper hemispheres and tattoos of swear words with a women's top ($10–$30) or don a crochet hat ($30–$55) to keep noggins toasty. Legs shimmy into designer jeans or aerate calves in a skirt ($45 or less), and an array of belts ($20 or less) can keep wayward slacks from slipping off to rendezvous with capris sweethearts. Shoppers can drape collarbones in lanyards of handmade jewelry ($50 or less for most pieces) or adorn den walls with prints by local canvas-coaters ($25–$125).