Bug Master’s crew of bug busters keeps homes from infestation and homeowners from finding refuge atop chairs with effective pest-control treatments. Armed with products such as Termidor, they oust subterranean termites eating away at homes and can rid abodes of bedbugs, fleas, roaches, and other pests.
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.
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries, daisy pineapples, and tomatoes getting in touch with their fruit roots in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
The husband-and-wife owners of 1 800 Flowers Jacksonville—also known as Southern Petals—fashion arrangements of fresh flowers and inimitable gifts. Ensconced in a red glass vase, the Autumn Sophistication bouquet ($49.99) bursts with sunflowers, roses, poms, and dried oak leaves, stylishly transporting fall to coffee tables. Moving beyond blooms, the Bumble Bee Mylar Bundle ($39.99) whisks balloon greetings to loved ones, and the grinning plush monkey in the Sweet Sentiments arrangement ($39.99) makes a swoon-worthy impression by a clutching a red rose, a chocolate bar, and its own worn copy of "How to Win Friends and Influence People."
The Fruit Cove Road pizzeria serves up a fresh, scratch-made menu of pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and more for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining. Kick off a meeting of local weavers by passing around a basket of cheese fries ($4.69) sprinkled with bacon (+$1) for a decadent meal-starting treat, or share an antipasto salad ($8.99) with a pro-pasto pal. The hand-tossed, New York–style pizza, fired in St. Johns' brick oven, promises to please the pizza-anemic and is available by the slice, starting at $2 for sensible noshing, or by the pie, starting at $8.29 for a plentiful portion. Choose to customize your supper by selecting from more than 20 toppings, or opt instead for a specialty pie, such as the meat lovers ($13.99+), loaded with smoked bacon, meatballs, ham, pepperoni, sausage, and cheese. Sandwiches at the eatery are served on scratch-baked bread, and the plentiful selection of entree pastas can satisfy the herbivore in your jury with the brick-oven baked ziti ($10.99) or tempt the bird-beaked with chicken Benevento ($15.99), a tender cutlet nestled between a bed of ziti and a blanket of mushroom Rosie Alfredo sauce.
During the property-cleanup service, professional lawn doctors at Laurel Crest mow grass, edge hard and soft surface areas, cut down and spray weeds, and trim any hedges and shrubs. In order to ensure clients become life-long customers, staff members devoted to customer service listen to each person's needs during every job, post free money-saving maintenance tips on Laurel Crest's Facebook page, and serenade homeowners with a full mariachi band. Before the team rolls out, they make sure to clear loose debris, which includes air-blasting driveways and parking spots, and removing trimmings.