Named one of the best pet vendors in Virginia by Washingtonian magazine, Becky’s Pet Care deploys a loyal team of bonded, licensed, and insured caretakers to bestow animals with basic care, daily exercise, and affection. A meet-and-greet session lets caretakers introduce themselves to pet owners and their four-legged friends in an effort to establish trust and an understanding of the pet’s unique needs. During a 30-minute visit (a $20.99 value) dogs, cats, and small animals get precious pet playtime and a feeding, plus a walk, litter-box or cage cleaning, potty break, and medication before caretakers fill out a report card detailing the nature of visits and whether your pup is a pleasure to have in class. The pet-care professionals will also collect your mail, alternate interior lights, and open and close draperies so you don't have to fill your home with life-size cut-outs of Michael Jordan to make it look like someone is home.
Started in the early 1900s by a taxi driver who helped travelers haul their trunks to Union Station, Beltway Movers eases modern moving with a fleet of 50 vehicles outfitted with two-tier SmartPack systems for safe, efficient transportation. Uniformed, trained small crews arrive at designated locations to shrink-wrap upholstered furniture, disassemble headboards, and load even the most massive of sugar-packet collections into vans with care and efficiency. Any excess belongings can be safeguarded in the company’s storage warehouses, which are guarded by advanced sprinkler and burglar systems and watched by vigilant rattlesnakes 12 hours a day. Customers visiting Beltway’s website can receive a free instant estimate of their move’s cost, as well as a litany of tips to ensure a smooth process.
Dig your shoebox of family photos out of its hole in the backyard and bring it into Penn Camera to take advantage of the store's myriad digital-imaging services. Penn Camera can scan uncut rolls of 35 mm film onto a CD in standard resolution ($7.99) or high resolution ($13.99), or just scan individual images in standard ($1.99) or high ($4.99) resolution. Archive your scanned images to CD ($2.99) or DVD ($4.99) for your listening, viewing, and smelling pleasure. Assemble the photos from your frame-by-frame remake of Weekend at Bernie's 2 into a DVD slideshow ($14.99), complete with graphics and music, or restore pictures ($34.99+) damaged by renegade sprinkler systems. Penn Camera also offers numerous printing services—order wallet-sized reprints from digital files ($0.29 each for 49 or fewer reprints and $0.19 each for 50 or more reprints, along with a $2.99 handling fee), or create a 16x20 poster print ($19.99) of your photo of the Mona Lisa. Be sure to check online to see a full list of services available to you.
When assembling their collection of living-room, dining-room, and bedroom furniture, the curators of Warehouse Showrooms turn to independent local factories and Amish craftsmen. They stock their sprawling store with quality pieces made from sustainably lumbered American wood, including solid cherry, oak, and pine. Many of their furnishings can be customized to suit clients' tastes, with various options for wood, finish, and hardware.
It's not the size, shape, or age of a home that creates its aura: it's the furniture. And at Z Modern Furniture, there are rooms and rooms of formal tables, funky couches, and chic bed frames that can set the tone of a new house. The stock contains everything from contemporary beds with clean lines to midcentury-style cabinets in muted browns and grays. They supplement their furniture with statement pieces, such as geometric-patterned area rugs and light fixtures that are equal parts fashion and function. They even offer prebuilt fireplaces, which add as much elegance and warmth to a room as a cardboard cutout of a smiling Dame Judi Dench.
The specialists at ShredStation Express shred paper documents and pulverize hard drives; they recycle items such as cables and computer towers, ensuring that none of it ever ends up in a landfill. Patrons can drop off boxes and bundles of unwanted items or schedule pickup service.