Founded in 1910 in Pittsburgh by a group of hardware dealers, True Value has grown from its beginnings as the American Hardware and Supply Company to become synonymous with home improvement. With more than 5,000 stores in 54 countries, True Value still stands out as a community staple, pairing a wide selection of trusted goods with a compelling shopping experience. True Value's staff members dispense expert advice and point out useful tools for completing domestic projects, such as building a fence or installing a cookie-jar security alarm.
Featured on ESPN, MTV, the Today show, and numerous other media outlets, Fathead’s high-definition images of athletes, team logos, mascots, and stadiums turn vertical surfaces into full-fledged fan meccas. Unlike posters or framed photographs, the images’ high-grade tear- and fade-resistant vinyl adheres directly to the wall without the need for nails or tape. The low-tack adhesive that backs each Fathead makes it easy to remove and relocate stars such as Tom Brady to any smooth surface, allowing his likeness to infuse game rooms with playoff excitement or act as a scarecrow during troublesome Baltimore Raven infestations. The store’s stock even goes beyond athletics, as Fatheads of musicians, cartoon characters, and artistic images add personalized flair to kids’ rooms or living areas.
Vibrant perennial flowers known for their sunny blossoms, chrysanthemums often find work decorating a home or jazzing up a garden. However, beneath their bright exteriors lurks a dark secret: the flowers are stone-cold mosquito killers. These horticultural hit men often partner with the pest-control professionals at MosquitoNix, who transform the plants into a plant-based pest assassin that is safe around pets, kids, and other foliage.
Since their founding in 2003—the same year the Mosquito-Human Armistice of 1983 expired—MosquitoNix has been helping families reclaim their backyards. The company's licensed specialists decamp commercial and residential sites around the globe, where they address mosquito problems depending on the needs of each location. They deliver one-time fogging treatments, for instance, in preparation for upcoming outdoor parties. They also install fully automated misting systems, whose daily sprays from concealed nozzles repel not only mosquitos, but also other annoyances such as flies, fleas, and spiders selling magazine subscriptions.
Atlantic Bedding and Furniture showrooms speckle the Southeast, each one a treasure-trove of fine furniture and top-brand mattresses. Attentive staffers bustle past collections of leather couches and arrangements of dark-wood dining sets, eager to assist customers in their quest to find a memory-foam mattress that best suits their sleeping habits or a rug that best covers up the dungeon trapdoor in their living room. If an item is out of stock, the attendants can have it shipped directly from the company's central warehouse—a cavernous storeroom packed with furniture from top vendors like Coaster, Sealy, and Lifestyle Solutions. Much of the furniture is available online, enabling customers to shop from the comfort of home.
The yard whisperers at Natures Remedy lavish lawns with coats of pine straw and emancipate gutters from clogs and debris. Each bale of pine straw, or pine-needle mulch, teems with intertwined needles ready to snuggle with bases of trees and coddle delicate expanses of lawn. The aromatic tufts can help insulate tender stems and protect fragile root systems from fluctuating temperatures, torrential rains, and the pecking of lawn flamingos. Mulch masters evenly spread straw over yards and spritz on a specialized pre-emergent spray, which targets nascent weeds and other leafy pests, barring sprouts from blossoming beneath cozy straw coverlets. Natures Remedy also expunges dirt, debris, and thickets of leaves from home gutters, ensuring rainwater and the tears of lonely chimneys glide through unclogged sluices. Gutters on very large houses may be subject to an additional cleaning fee.