After years of working as an electro-mechanical technician and repairing trains for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Earl Washington Jr. decided to create his own business in 1986, advertising his handyman services door-to-door. Although he began by performing basic repairs and cleaning gutters, he continued to learn new home-improvement skills while he built relationships with local carpenters, masons, and industry professionals.
His company grew over time and eventually established itself as a full-service provider of maintenance and repairs for homes, commercial buildings, and rehabbed bouncy castles. Now joined by a full-time staff of technicians and tradesmen, Earl tinkers with homes from foundation to attic, helping to assuage clients' plumbing, electrical, and heating- or cooling-system concerns.
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.
Scrubnik Landscape feeds and manicures a home's lawn and green spaces with a bevy of outdoor services. Technicians cut enthusiasts blades of grass down to size with seasonal mowing services or shape trees and shrubbery with artful snips. Experts also construct custom landscape-design schemes and nurture budding seedlings through fertilization, lawn-seeding, and sodding services. Additionally, Scrubnik can accent homes with delivery and installation of quality trees, plants, and flowers, as well as oversize portions of red and brown mulch. Catering to homes all year long, teams also clear snowdrifts with regular driveway service or fend off summertime mosquitos with natural repellants such as scarecrows shaped like fly swatters.
James Busby Sr. claims to have an unhealthy obsession—lucky for you, it's cleaning. The vice president of operations at Orange Mop Cleaning Services and his technicians are insured and licensed and give a big hug to mother earth with Green Seal–certified products. The company also provides carpet-cleaning services and interior-decorating consultations.