In 2005, after years of working as a freelance engineer, Karl Farmer decided to draw on his business sense, mechanical know-how, and love of colored sponges to start his own residential and commercial cleaning company. Karl handles the business aspect, and his wife, Richelle, handles the day-to-day operations, sending out fully insured technicians to clean homes or wax the floors of local businesses. Clients can request an NYCS technician's power-washing services to clean the side of a building or rouse sluggish children for school.
Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbours with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
The licensed and insured landscaping team at Lunchesrus Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance Service keeps properties pristine through a wide spectrum of landscaping services. Crews can visit homes weekly to perform such routine tasks as lawn mowing, or make one-time stops to complete projects such as mailbox installation should a previous box ever go on a bill-only diet. Lunchesrus provides free estimates ahead of every service in order to prevent miscommunication and allow homeowners to budget properly.
Since 1952, Hasselman Landscaping & Garden Centre's staff has operated under one principle: "to have quality product, do quality work, and provide excellent service." Founder Peter Hasselman planted his first seedlings in the Hamlet of Sherkston, before expanding his humble nursery to more than 75 acres speckled with luscious plants, delicious vegetables, and young saplings awaiting a greener pasture. Over the years, the company continued to grow and evolve into its current iteration, a full service garden centre. A proud member of Landscape Ontario, Hasselman backs all of its live plants and flowers with a 100 per cent guarantee, promising exchange or store credit for items that are defective due to disease or unshakable fears of well-meaning bumblebees. In addition to providing flora and gardening accessories, their specialists are available for landscaping consultations, where they help homeowners design functional and inviting outdoor spaces.
Renee’s Greenhouses has experienced not only physical growth since opening in 2000—the owners moved from their backyard to a full-size retail shop in 2005—but also philosophical growth. As their inventory expanded, they decided to get bigger shelves and focus on eco-friendly products, such as all-natural soils, fertilizers, and pest-control products. The owners are also phasing out plastic plant containers, instead opting for 100% natural terracotta pottery. The selection of flora ranges from ornamental grasses and shrubbery to perennials and fruit trees; shoppers overwhelmed by the selection can consult with on-site designers from Yardley Designs.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.