As the villainous summer sun reduces lawns to a palette of browns and tans, the Diamond Lawns super team rushes onto the scene to restore them to a glistening emerald glow. They accomplish this heroic feat with regular maintenance, such as mowing, or seasonal responsibilities, such as planting flowers or sharpening the teeth on topiary dinosaurs. Their landscaping design can add retaining walls and waterfalls that blend seamlessly into the existing surroundings, and tree care, removal, or stump grinding ensures allied tree forts remain safe while the enemy is reduced to wood chips. To further protect the outdoor environment, Diamond Lawns eradicates plant-harming insects and rodents with treatments that are safe for kids and pets.
Drawing upon three decades of combined experience, Advantix Pest Control's licensed and insured team not only rids homes and commercial spaces of unwanted pests but also prevents future infestations from occurring. Owner Scott Lee personally trains each bug banisher, and, through continual education, keeps them abreast of changing technologies and rapidly evolving lawn-gnome species. Their organically derived products, though distasteful to spiders and mice, are safe to use around children and pets. The business includes a full warranty in its quarterly maintenance plan, which targets seasonal pests with a series of four treatments performed throughout the year.
Since 1995, the exterminators at Spidex Pest Control have wreaked havoc on household pest infestations while causing harm to neither pets nor humans. The team uproots colonies of unwanted houseguests that range from ants and mosquitoes to bees and rodents using their Integrated Pest Management approach. This system begins with a close inspection of the interior and exterior premises. Once the exterminator has identified the issue or issues at hand, he or she will create a custom solution using an arsenal of safe, residue-free products, baits, and traps. The exterminator will also make recommendations to prevent a recurrence, suggesting that homeowners seal cracks and cervices and fix leaky faucets.
A wildly successful alternative to traditional day spas—its more than 300 locations blanket 36 states and half a dozen countries—Planet Beach Contempo Spa is a futuristic relaxation station where state-of-the-art machines administer all the spa and tanning services. These friendly automatons sometimes replace familiar treatments, as in the Luminous facial, a light-based service that delivers blemish-busting results similar to those of a conventional facial. But other equipment maps out new spa territory entirely: the Hydro-Derma Fusion chamber moisturizes the whole body with nutrient-rich steam in order to offset the effects of a dry climate or a rear-end collision with a salt truck. Other machines whiten teeth, spray tan skin, and massage muscles. Planet Beach operates on a gym-style membership system, meaning that members purchase packages or pay flat monthly rates. As members spend more time at the spa, they get to know the helpful assistants who are always on hand to demonstrate how to use the equipment without activating its ability to cry.
In 1971, Michael Sowers taught himself how to throw clay in a high-school art class. The classroom had a functioning pottery wheel, but the instructor didn't know how to use it, so Michael began checking out instructional books from the library to support his fledgling interest.
Ever since, he's been molding masses of clay into plates and vessels, preserving their shapes with the heat of a 2,350-degree kiln. His work is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing—subtly hued french butter dishes hold a quarter pound of butter in water, keeping it fresh for up to a month, and grater plates come equipped with a built-in shredder for garlic, ginger, parmesan cheese, or CIA documents. Sowers seals each piece with a lead-free glaze used by potters since the time of the Ming dynasty, ensuring that customers can safely send his pottery through a dishwasher or heat them in a microwave or oven.
Coos, gurgles, and tiny handclaps form a soundtrack for Stroller Strides classes, one-hour sessions that are part play group and part workout, helping moms and tots forge friendships as they build strength, coordination, and flexibility. Certified instructors lead intervals of power walking and toning exercises that sculpt the entire body more effectively than bench-pressing babies. Workouts incorporate easy-to-use tools such as resistance bands and the strollers themselves, as well as environmental elements such as hills and trees during warm weather. Classes welcome moms of all fitness levels and babies who are 6 weeks old or who can grow a full beard. Stroller Strides also develops online resources to help moms connect with one another and work out in their homes.