Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants?such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors?shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
The technicians at Rowell and Sons Carpet Cleaning don?t shy away from a challenge. Equipped with powerful truck-mounted equipment, they arrive at residences ready to banish offending stains and save carpets from germs and the effects of flooding. When treating either carpet or upholstery, the furious engine of their Pro Chem Blazer Plus heats and pressurizes water that is used to trap and remove dirt, filth, and pet odors from treatment surfaces. Technicians can also tackle timely water-removal and flood-restoration tasks, and handle dirtier work such as pulling up wet carpet, cleaning out debris, and evicting the merman who has taken up residence in your laundry room.
Silver Star Hardware’s friendly staff skillfully proffers advice for home improvement while helping to outfit and accessorize homes with an eclectic, frequently updated array of functional and decorative accents. Troves of hardware promise to grease the wheels of domestic efficiency, from a menagerie of elephant hooks ($9) and butterfly hinges ($6.50/pair) to toggle and outlet-flattering switch plates ($21.50–$27.50) and twig-shaped toilet-paper holders ($49.50). Fulfill metal urges with a spangling of cast-iron star knobs ($4.50) or copper house numbers ($11.75 each) that ambidextrously emblazon either addresses or pi, or pin households’ hearts on their façades with vivid peace-dove banners ($12). Once residential shopping lists are dispatched, customers can browse the gift shop or treat their own soul habitats to a cup of steaming java at the on-site coffee bar.
The Old-World spirit reigns supreme at Toscana, formerly Cucina Toscana. Determined to capture the vibrant, homespun flavors of Mediterranean cooking, the chefs hand-make pastas from scratch, use freshly filleted seafood, and personally grow the saplings used to make their wooden spoons. This dedication leads to a menu that features rustic, deceptively simple potato gnocchi in pomodoro sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, and basil as well as more elaborate and nuanced entr?es. Squid ink pasta tossed with shrimp, calamari, mussels, and lobster basks in a wine reduction; and servings of veal can arrive topped with white truffle fondue or a combination of aged prosciutto and fresh mozzarella.
Colonial-style picture windows line the dining room's front wall, allowing ample amounts of natural light to fall upon the brickwork columns and light wooden accents. Ornate carpets cover the floor beneath many of the tables, which feature crisp white linens, jet-black napkins, and crystalline glassware.