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.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
At Knockout Body Boot Camps, former Boise State University football player Brett Denton doles out a special blend of fitness coaching, nutritional counseling, and warm encouragement to help men and women of all fitness levels scale the health mountain. Before commencing your month of hard-core conditioning, schedule a one-on-one consultation, during which he or one of his fleet of trainers will assess your current skill set and propose effective ways for you to turn it into a more sculpted skill set that looks good in a crop top. Challenging boot-camp sessions melt flab by utilizing resistance training to zap calories, tone muscles, and boost confidence. The 30-minute sessions are held indoors and outdoors in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings Monday through Friday; check Knockout's website for updates on camp locations.
“Organic” and “natural” aren't adjectives one would normally use to describe pest control, but the techniques utilized by Ida Bug Guy are exactly that. With formulas that are safe for pets and their human kin, the company frees homes of wasps' nests and spider webs, while paying off rodents holding the family's cat statue hostage for cheese. Outdoors, pest control technicians spray foundations and build barriers around lawns or flowerbeds to keep insects out. The company's specialists are so assured of their methods that they back them with a money-back guarantee.
A multiservice home-maintenance provider, Brilliant Services grew out of owner Kris Nevers's experiences with many one-dimensional service providers who had long lists of tasks they don't do. As a result, Brilliant Services' carefully screened employees and approved vendors perform nearly all major property-maintenance tasks from cleaning to remodeling and handyman work. The company is also a DBE-certified woman-owned business with a special emphasis on social responsibility and environmentally sustainable practices that include the use of green cleaning solutions and attachment of solar panels to the family minivan.