With more than 25 years of experience, Patio.com oversees a wicker- and wood-framed stockpile of rugged and refined game-room and outdoor furnishings to outfit open-air play spaces with tables, chairs, cushions, hammocks, barbecue grills, and billiard tables. Shoppers can peruse a variety of styles from teak and aluminum to adirondack, sling, strap, and nougat-centered.
There is a war brewing across America's patios and backyard barbecues. Mosquitoes, ticks, and all pests capable of drawing up battle plans disrupt outdoor gatherings with their bites—a nuisance that the techs at Mosquito Squad hope to eradicate. Using their EPA-registered system, they mist pest-laden areas with a control solution that repels up to 95% of tiny infiltrators. Alternatively, they can take a natural approach that eschews chemicals for bug-repelling essential oils. However, the bug fighters aren't just focused on making outdoor events more comfortable; they also hope to quell the spread of insect-carried diseases such as West Nile virus.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Towns Sports International's network of fitness loci, welcomes exercisers to a number of equipment-stocked facilities to help attain perspiration-soaked fitness goals at a convenient location. Strength-training gear such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls filled with black holes mold muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Calories simmer and move to cooler climates after sessions on cardio machines ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draw from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, to keep members from jazzercising without a spotter. Each location thanks exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features, such as babysitting, though Passport memberships do not include pool access.
In 1990, home-care expert Eric Gray opened From Top 2 Bottom in the hope of creating a truly one-call outfit for almost all kinds of home-service needs. He gathered a team of excellent tradespeople, including licensed electricians and plumbers, painters, paperhangers, carpenters, remodelers, and lion tamers. Together, they help homeowners tackle time-consuming home projects, from simple interior paint jobs to deck installation, kitchen remodeling, and putting new flooring down in a dollhouse.
The colorful tile scene and show room inside Ideal Tile of Stamford is indicative of the owners' experience in the contracting business. They opened shop in 1998 and have since been importing their selection of tiles and countertops and distributing the goods out of their 3,000-square-foot showroom. Inside, the sleek surfaces of kitchen and bathroom displays are coated with marble mosaics; limestone, marble, and Caesarstone counters shine under fluorescent lights; and glass, ceramic, and stone tiles glimmer against the sunlight pouring in through the shop's large eyeballs. In addition to curating a haven for home improvement, the staff also customizes granite-countertop installation services and refers customers to external tile contractors.