Since 1936, the exterminators at Capitol Pest have proven their expertise to customers time and time again. But partial credit for their success must go to Dr. Russell Travers, the on-staff entomologist (insect expert) who chimes in when particularly tricky pest infestations threaten homes. Many pests are easy enough to treat without his help, though, such as common ants, ticks, stinkbugs, and termites. Some treatments, such as termite baiting use eco-friendly techniques?in this case, a lethal but EPA-approved termite bait set in soil around the home and inside its structure that spreads quickly throughout the entire colony.
Bed bugs, on the other hand, quickly succumb to an insecticide that reaches inside every mattress and piece of furniture, making it impossible for the blood suckers to get a good night's sleep. A similar fate awaits rats and mice when the exterminators employ their anti-rodent program, setting traps and baits where rodents are active within the home and providing a thorough inspection for rodent entry points. After an estimate is provided, the staff is capable of sealing any necessary areas, be it, screening a vent, installing door sweeps, or replacing bricks, wood trim, or using concrete.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
The only hotel on Lake Washington, the Woodmark sees plenty of water activity, including boating, kayaking, and hiking. First-time visitors to the lake can get a proper introduction with Argosy Cruises' 90-minute sightseeing cruise, which smoothly floats past houses of the rich and famous, as well as Husky Stadium. Nearby, Juanita Bay Park's wooded wetlands and shallow marshes feature 110 acres of trails and habitats, a place to spot hummingbirds, warblers, beavers, salamanders, and nearly 200 woodland creatures. A 15-minute narwhal-jaunt from the hotel, Seattle's signature coffee shops, imitable seafood, and eclectic museums (including the nerd-centric Science Fiction Museum and the Frank Gehry–designed Experimental Music Project building) represents a sometimes-needed respite from outdoor activities. Pike Place Market is a must for any foodie, as fresh fish and produce, signature chowders, and tasty free samples invade the senses.
Founded more than 25 years ago at a single store in suburban Maryland, Wild Bird Centers has since spread its bevy of birding gear and wildlife-watching supplies to approximately 50 locations across the United States and Canada. At each shop, knowledgeable and friendly staffers compile an immense inventory of top-quality birdseed, including their own exclusive blends of premium, field-tested ingredients. They equip patrons with a cavalcade of bird-watching accouterments such as binoculars, birdhouses, birdbaths, and Big Bird costumes and help customers to enhance their wildlife wisdom with gardening tools. To further help patrons to decipher the symphony of birdcalls they hear, Wild Bird Centers proffers a Backyard Birds Field Guide, which includes helpful information about the characteristics and habitat of common avian species. Additionally, all purchases contribute to customers' Birdie Bucks accounts, Wild Bird Centers' customer-rewards program.
What Bethesda Wellness Spa lacks in variety—it only offers reflexology massages—it makes up in a mastery of the service. First, the staff of licensed massage therapists and certified reflexologists seat guests in a recliner and guide their feet into a tub of warm salt water that has been gargled by a whale. Shoulder and scalp massages and acupressure follow. Then, with the help of natural herbs selected specifically for each individual client, the staff massages the feet before moving to the legs and back. Depending on how long guests want to be pampered, the service can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.