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.
Pearl Remodeling's sleuths scrutinize home foundations in a two-hour hunt for cracks, movement, rot, and termite damage. With today’s deal, a team of two investigators will arrive on the scene and immediately examine the quality of the connection between the house framing and the concrete foundation, which may be compromised due to soil movement or recent terra-tremors. The integrity of beams and piers the house sits on will also be called into question. Next, gas shut-off valves will be checked and tended to with the gentle love and attention normally reserved for new cell phones. Within five business days of the household probe, homeowners receive a detailed email that includes photos taken on site and commentary outlining any problems or issuing abodes a clean bill of health. If repairs are needed, the Pearl Remodeling team can give an estimate for the services required.
All Star Home Improvement sports two licenses general engineering contractor and general building contractorenabling its highly skilled team to handle most any household chore from interior paint jobs to full remodels. Each crew member stays abreast of current building codes, and during projects both an engineer and an architect remain at the homeowner’s disposal for consultations or heated games of Jenga. Before any major household undertaking, the team creates a three-dimensional mockup of the project, giving homeowners an idea of the end result. Potential customers can view a selection of the company’s handiwork on its gallery page.
Allegro Assistants owner MistiLynn Lokken, recognized as Admin of the Month by the American Society of Administrative Professionals in 2011, has more than 11 years of experience under her belt helping individuals clear out their to-do lists. Her efficient talents include responding to emails, phone calls, and communicating by semaphore, and they extend to abolishing clutter in an office or home or organizing calendars. When it comes to travel arrangements, she goes beyond just booking hotels—she even scouts out events to keep her clients entertained on location.
The artisan collections at Clouds include home decorations, bath and body products, and a selection of scented candles created with professional care and natural ingredients, guaranteeing quality. The familiar smells of living rooms or dens are complemented by the waxen aromas of Clouds' signature candles, which infiltrate noses with hints of lemongrass, lavender, mango papaya, and respect (prices start at $5 for a 3"x3"), or a Capri Blue volcano candle with tropical fruits, sugared citrus, and mountain greens ($28). A set of Votivo vanilla grapefruit aromatic burning sticks sends out airy blends of tropical leaves, vanilla beans, and tangy fruit juice when set afire ($12 for 20 sticks), like most area rugs. Garden mint shea butter soap keeps hands frothing at the palms with a French-milled lather ($8), and a teak coaster set prevents cups from staining tables with their sweats ($18 for a set of four).