The technicians at Nature's Own Chimney Cleaning and Repair ensure that any crackling fire in the hearth is safe by specializing in the prevention, detection, and correction of chimney and venting-system hazards. They also perform pressure washing, duct care, and cleaning services, keeping houses safe and ready for the elements.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet help customers to negotiate the store's huge inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Items are priced at a reduced rate, giving purchasers extra money and a brand-new stockpile of hardware to construct a time machine to go back and impress an early hominid with a Dirt Devil Scorpion 7-amp hand vacuum ($29.99) or a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion compact drill ($127.99). Each product carries a warranty of at least one year, even the reconditioned items, which had to get back in shape with pushups and burpees to earn their warranty ribbon.
Life After Bugs is a small, family-owned team that keeps dwellings critter-free. Jeremy Benefiel is the owner and president, and when he's not at Life After Bugs, he's serving as a captain of the Houston Fire Department. Experienced, licensed technician Larry Reifschneider exterminates pests so clients can begin their lives after bugs. Together, the skilled team inspects homes and lawns to free them of unwanted visitors.
Corey Brooks and David Miller, both owners of their own pest-control companies for more than 15 years, decided to team up to form Texpert Pest & Termite Control to better serve their customers with their combined efforts and knowledge. During appointments, the pest-fighting technicians carefully inspect homes for signs of infestation before treating any problem areas for termites and other pests. They also fend off mosquito swarms and tenacious paparazzi with exterior treatments that last for up to one month.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
Beyond Paradise Nursery spreads scores of succulents, shrubs, flowers, palm trees, and other seasonal plants across its spacious 3-acre facility. Homeowners can fill empty spaces with long-lasting blooms such as 3-gallon Double Knock Out roses ($20), or let the colorful petals of a 3-gallon loropetalum ($16) cheer up a lonely lawn ornament. Encore azaleas ($25 for a 3-gal.) turn their vibrant faces toward driveways and porches; the blossoms of Little John bottlebrushes ($20 for a 3-gal.) blow in the breeze like miniature pom-poms. During the holiday season, a variety of poinsettias will also be available.