On Target Pest Control’s team of exterminators is helmed by an industry veteran whose past experience includes solving the bug problems at the New York Stock Exchange, Rockefeller Center, and The Waldorf Astoria hotel. He lends his big-city expertise to homeowners for work on a domestic level as his technicians deploy patented EcoSmart botanical products in their quest to rid their clients’ abodes of such unwanted pests as ants, spiders, and cockroaches, and using eco-friendly methods for removing larger vermin such a mice and other rodents. The team uproots infestations by first investigating the sources of a home’s pest problem and locating entry points, which can include pipes, the chimney, or the ant farm in someone’s briefcase. For infestations that also require the removal of fine debris, they then use a vacuum system with HEPA filters to make the removal complete.
Sheepish stuffs its shelves with vibrant fibers, needles, and other knitting supplies, and an amenable staff stands ready to satisfy any and all string-related inquiries. A reasonably priced selection of knitting, crocheting, and weaving products is available for uninitiated and seasoned fiber-wizards alike. Brittany straight needles ($7–$9) send fingers flying through a scarf-sized skein of Cascade 220 wool ($7), and geometrically talented crafters can produce Möbius strip sweatbands by the dozen out of basic cotton yarns ($2.50/ball). Yarn wranglers seeking helpful hemming hints can procure a handy booklet ($6.50), a book brimming with sewing knowledge ($10–$30), or a panoply of premade patterns to guide their hands ($3–$7).
Furnishing vases with fresh floral arrangements since 1947, Maud Baker showers flower fanatics with a bevy of blossoms. Maud's artistic arrangements help express emotions fit for a range of occasions, and creations can match whatever color, type of flower, or childhood phobia you have in mind. Pick petal arrangements for occasions from birthdays to weddings to the first of many joyous snipe hunts.
Namesake gear in tow, Mop and Broom Cleaning Service team members descend upon dusty homes and offices, work their magic, and leave immaculate oases in their wake. "No job is too big or too small," the team says, tackling a la carte services and multiroom makeovers alike. The staffers consult with clients to design the custom-fit cleaning programs according to their budget, frequency of visits, and desired services. They'll even conduct specialty treatments, such as floor waxing that leaves floorboards ready for hours of perfecting the Risky Business sock-sliding scene.
Ace Hardware's project people assist and advise on a gamut-running range of home- and garden-oriented endeavors. The 20-pound propane-tank refill will pump up a deflated cylinder with the energy to grill juicy burgers, cook corn on the cob, or blaze a flame that can be used as a nightlight for adults locked out of their own houses. Like a roaring campfire or a solar panel, the propane-tank refill can also be used for outdoor heating.