Tom Bray noticed a pattern when he looked at the history of pest control. Many popular products, such as DDT and radioactive fly swatters, were ultimately deemed unsafe and banned. So, when he went into business as The Bug Man, Mr. Bray decided to avoid toxins all together.
The Bug Man's technicians use EcoSmart pesticides for the majority of their services. These toxin-free products block the neurotransmitter receptors in invertebrates, but remain virtually harmless to mammals. This allows the techs to eliminate mosquitoes, ants, and termites without harm to family members or pets—except for that giant grasshopper that works as the butler.
Houses lack the hands to take care of themselves. That's why EEC picks up the slack with expert refurbishment services. Fully insured technicians are deployed to clients' homes and can pressure-wash grime from porches, or perform more complicated tasks such as concrete sealing, gutter cleaning, or fence restoration. Clients may also request a full home inspection to seek out issues such as roof leaks, faulty electrical systems, or Pillsbury Doughboys living in the pantry.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
Pearland Furniture’s collection of domestic outfittings from brands such as Broyhill, Ashley, and Howard Miller can imbue any living room, bedroom, or bedroom with a sense of homey tranquility and dignified panache. Slip into royal slumber atop a majestic queen-size mattress set ($749) from Pearland's mattress collection, or dream of overthrowing your closet's court jester with a plush, comfy pillow ($79). Elegant lamps ($189–$249) and other domestic accessories can complement an artful Broyhill sofa-and-loveseat set ($2,699) or shed light on a new table and set of four chairs ($447). The venerable emporium’s friendly sales staff readily answers questions, and its in-house decorator can help customers coordinate fabrics, furniture styles, and choral arrangements of wall-mounted singing fish.
uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.
On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone’s glass screen
“Don’t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,” Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone’s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.
On the repair process
"Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.” Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.
On growing his business
uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill’s living room, and it now boasts more than 60 locations nationwide. “We are proof that the American dream is alive,” he says.
On unusual repair jobs
Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant’s deep fryer. “It smelled pretty bad,” he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, “it did go through a cement mixer.” Some miracles just aren’t meant to be.
On the importance of a one-day turnaround time
Repairs at uBreakiFix’s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus—something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. “Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn’t be any pain,” he laughs.