Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Pro Tip: Study the course materials before coming to the course
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Liveaboard cruising course
Blue Water Sailing School's owner David Pyle spent five years as a full-time sailor, captaining massive vessels on four transatlantic crossings and countless trips throughout the Caribbean. Today, he mostly helms from his desk as he oversees the education of future captains at his school, letting his 10 expert instructors take care of hands-on education. Many of them boast a certification and recognition as top instructors from the American Sailing Association, the same governing body that certifies the school as whole. As a group, they have many areas of expertise and teach students everything from basic sailing techniques to offshore passagemaking, which involves advanced navigational techniques such as asking porpoises for directions in their language.
A dozen sets of sea legs can flex their nautical muscle aboard the canopy-covered Duffy 21 Avalon. Powered exclusively by a combination of battery power and dreams, this spacious vessel hums along quietly, allowing passengers to soak in the natural surround sound. Wrap-around seating encircles a central table equipped with multiple cup holders and adequate serving space for sailors to tear into a recently commandeered party sub.
Half Price Mattress eases the investment of a new bed by pricing mattresses at 50%–70% below retail value. Though low in cost, each factory-authorized mattress comes from a reputable brand such as Serta, Tempur-Pedic, or Sealy. The showroom holds innovations to suit a wide variety of sleep styles: Simmons high-tech beds combine titanium lumbar support with temperature-regulating memory foam that keeps sleepers cooler than a dream career as an ice sculptor, whereas Spring Air’s mattresses wrap eco-wood and low-disturbance springs with a bamboo cover.
The Mess Doctor’s cleaning crew makes house calls to ailing abodes, tackling routine cleaning and maintenance jobs as directed by the client. Dust is valiantly vanquished from lamp shades, carpets are vacuumed free of crumbs and pet hair, and evidence of the latest culinary catastrophe is expunged from each kitchen countertop and appliance. Basic cleaning also includes laundry service, during which the dirt-defying docs will unsully as many loads of whites, linens, delicates, and delicate white linens as they can during the allotted service time. For a more down-reaching dedirting, two hours of deep cleaning have The Mess Doctor's meticulous staff taking on notoriously unpleasant household jobs including oven cleaning, interior-window washing, and taking the couch for its afternoon walk.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
How do you pick just one couch, dining table, or bedroom set from Modern Miami Furniture's show room? With one of the largest selections in the industry, it's always going to be hard to choose your favorite. The store specializes in modern, contemporary, or transitional furniture, with many pieces showcasing a nod to European or Eastern cultures, resulting in a modern array of furniture that's sure to provide comfort and conversation starters in equal measure.