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.
For more than two decades, the dirt-busting technicians at Proclean Carpet Cleaning have been ousting stains, restoring floors, and cleaning upholstery in private homes and commercial businesses. Specializing in stain removal and carpet cleaning, they'll travel to destinations with high-powered steam machines and natural cleaning products to remove ground-in grime and odors using a 10-step cleaning process that includes vacuuming, pre-spot treating, conditioning, deep cleaning, and performing an industry-grade exorcism.:m]]
Signature service: House cleaning
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Dyson vacuum, and non-toxic, pet- and baby-safe products
Pro Tip: Book a cleaning appointment before a special event or party to get your home ready for guests.
A swimmer stands at the edge of the pool, scanning the bottom for her lost goggles. The water is so crystal clear that she spots them immediately and dives to retrieve them. This pool was cleaned by Shane Allen's Pool Service, whose team uses green methods to maintain pool clarity and keep chemicals balanced. The technicians also repair any pool parts, including pumps, motors, and filters to keep water algae-free so pool owners don’t have to hire freelance catfish.
At Pacific Stoneworks and Wood Care, specialists offer high-quality cleaning services for a variety of home surfaces. They pre-spray and extract carpets or carefully clean upholstery and fine fabrics. They swoop over hard flooring surfaces such as wood, cleaning and restoring it to its natural sheen. They also lift tough stains from tile and grout, and gladly clean and seal natural stone countertops.