C & D Hardware, a member of the Houston Heights community since 1951, equips home improvers and to-do listers with provisions for projects large and small. Conquer domestic disrepair with supplies spanning 26 different categories, from lawn and garden wares and paint gear to a vast reservoir of plumbing equipment and special gifts. Purify your home's lungs with air-conditioning filters ($1.39–$27.99), or whittle a moving box into a mini cardboard replica of the Taj Mahal with a box knife ($0.59–$11.89). Metal garden bugs ($18.49–$79.99) spruce up lackluster lawns, while patio chairs ($25.99–$149.99) provide an ideal perch for competitive lounging. The helpful cast of C & D employees assists customers with an array of services, including rekeying locks, computer color matching, and blade sharpening.
The professional cleaners of Blue Bay Window Cleaning apply the same expertise to polishing home windows that they do to shining up the American Bank Center Arena and Convention Center. They also pressure wash the siding and roofs of residential homes and scale high-rise buildings to stunt-double for local superheroes, always priding themselves on being thorough. In addition to window- and pressure-washing services, they also clear out gutters, clean roofs, and caulk commercial properties.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
The award-winning team at Turf’s Up specializes in maintaining lawns, but they can also renovate them with custom designs and make those visions reality with installation services. Their crews spruce up grass with fertilizer, replace it completely with new sod, or make sure it’s properly hydrated with new sprinkler heads. They can also add more agua to backyards by putting in water features such as ponds, stream, and fountains or in-ground swimming pools. In addition, their crews enhance home exteriors with flower beds and stone patios, which can be lit with exterior lighting displays or jars filled with tiny silver moons brought down to Earth via lasso.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Big Tex Tree Nurseries grows and maintains an assortment of trees and plants ready to be picked out, delivered, and plopped in soil. The knowledgeable staff helps customers find outdoor furnishings ranging from 15-gallon trees (starting at $19.99) to box trees (starting at $79.99), ideal for creating natural shade or supporting one-half of a hammock. Lawn-lovers can also accent their yards with smaller ornaments such as shrubs (starting at $1.99) and flowers (starting at $1.99). Patrons trying to decorate their yard can work with Big Tex's staff to design an aesthetically pleasing pattern, and for an additional fee (varies upon location), customers can have their purchases delivered and planted in their yard or their neighbor's pool.