At 102 years old, Carl Kroll still handcrafts holiday wreaths of noble fir, juniper, and cedar from the farm he founded with his wife, Erna, in 1947. Once home to acres of raspberries, Henry's Tree Farm began planting Christmas trees in the 1970s at the behest of partner—and the farm's current namesake—Henry Meybohm. Today, the Kroll family encourages biodiversity and soil conservation among their acres of firs and spruces, replacing each cut tree with a new seedling. The farm also bundles up bunches of stray greens, such as sprigs of pine, grand fir, and nordman fir, so their customers can create their own wreaths or start a decent fire in the office stove.
One of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint has been sprucing up interiors and exteriors since 1945. The company has evolved over the years to keep up with the latest advancements in painting technology. Among the multi-hued fruits of this evolution are weather-ready exterior paints, whose modern formulas scoff at the elements and prove ideal for realistic yet unflattering outdoor murals of the neighbors. With more than 1,600 shades to choose from, painters will find it nearly impossible to settle, like a bowl of jello during an earthquake. Luckily, customers can take advantage of the handy virtual decorator to narrow their choices and forecast what color schemes should be applied to which room, such as aquamarine themes for the exotic-fish room, bright primary colors for the inflatable fire escape, and a variety of yellows for a basement filled with antique butter churns.
Mattress Depot USA unites a team of bedding experts to help customers end restless nights with a mattress that meets their individual sleep specifications. The sleep store's plenitude of private-label and national brands include Sealy, Restonic, and Lady Americana. Memory-foam mattresses, like sociable elephants, never forget a human form, cradling silhouettes in a firm, spongy embrace. Customers have up to 120 days to evaluate their mattress for its comfort capacity, and can consult with one of the shop's sleep consultants prior to purchase, reducing the likelihood of an imperfect fit.
"Don't marry your alarm company," Advanced Systems declares, and while there's very little chance of that actually happening, their approach to alarm-system monitoring does inspire a more easy-going partnership. These pros monitor all the top systems—be they Honeywell, DSC, or GE—with the same industry-wide procedures: When they're alerted by an alarm system, they first call the premises, followed by a designated call-list, and then the appropriate agencies. The company's no-contract monitoring policy works with new or existing security systems, allowing clients to decide when they're in and when they're out.
Working across 16 locations around Puget Sound, the friendly folks at Savvy Mattress Outlet showcase popular, name-brand mattresses from Simmons, Serta, and Sealy, aiming to help sleepers of all stripes find their ideal match. They also offer next- and same-day delivery service, during which hired staffers will remove your old mattress, take it for one last spin down the stairs, and break the hard news to the kids—who were originally told that it was going to a country farm filled with other mattresses.