On the end of a paintbrush, all colors are equal. Crossfire Painting's licensed and insured teams don't hesitate to pick up a brush at a client's request and slather walls with pastel pinks, vibrant blues, or soothing tans. To ensure each customer gets just the right color, the staff will often provide a link to Valspar Paint's official color selector, where clients can upload photos of their own homes and virtually paint the walls. After a color has been chosen, the crews arrive with paint in hand to quickly liven up a room, eliminating the need to hire a mariachi band to periodically burst out of your closet.
Maria Santini—the eye behind Maria Santini Photography—runs a slim operation, just her and her digital camera. Maria doesn’t need the traditional trappings of photography, like a darkroom, and she prefers natural sun to the canned lights of a studio. She travels to meet her clients at their ideal backdrops, from their own back yard or a sprawling park to a favorite slice of cityscape. Maria snaps pictures of children and families, retouching images on her computer to banish redeye and smooth skin. She delivers the final pictures on CD, empowering her customers to print endless copies at their leisure.
At A+ Storage, space-hogging items and seasonal equipment can be safely and securely stockpiled at a quality storage facility managed by professional storage consultants living on-site. Redeem your Groupon for month-to-month rental of storage spaces, as well as boxes, tape, and other moving supplies. Though pricing varies by location and is assessed by quotes, $120 can provide customers with a walk-in-closet-sized 5'x5' space (25 square feet) for two months, or a bedroom-sized 10'x10' space (50 square feet) for one month, as well as extra supplies. A+ Storage is a family-owned-and-operated business that offers seven-day access, no deposit or application fees, and secure compounds fitted with fences, gates, and security lights. For additional questions, customers can refer to an informative FAQ.
True Friends Moving Company owner Chris Knowles knows that it takes strong muscles to lift hefty furniture. That's why he gives each of his licensed, ensured moving specialists a gym membership, encouraging them to stay fit. Muscle power isn't the only perk the company offers: they also pad and shrink-wrap delicate items, reassemble dismantled furniture, and reconnect appliances in new locations for no additional fee.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.
At age 13, the owner of Southern Elite Moving and Home Delivery was already helping his uncle haul furniture in his semi as a summer job. He eventually earned his moving license and became a full-time employee of United Van Lines, driving tractor-trailers full of goods across the country for more than a decade. "I decided to come off the road and start my own company,” he says, “because I heard so many horror stories of people using smaller moving companies … that have no professional experience."
These days, Southern Elite’s two-man crews tackle local moves with the same care and professionalism you’d expect from a full-scale, cross-country relocation. They use floor protection on all moves, and wrap furniture in blankets at no additional charge. Clients’ belongings are transported safely from old homes to new with an efficiency that only comes with years of practice.
The amply stocked shelves at Jerry's Artarama provide artists of every ilk with specialty supplies to realize visions, or custom framing to sheath already-created artwork or photography in style. Lukas 1862 oil colors ($4.29–$47.99)—imported from Germany and beloved by Vincent Van Gogh—lend projects alluring hues that come in 37- or 200-milliliter tubes; a dozen Raffiné graphite pencils ($7.19) fill paper with monochromatic shades or serve as makeshift chopsticks. Sets of five Rhapsody Kolinsky sable-hair brushes ($69.99) tickle canvases with spill-proof points that are responsive, resilient, and attached to polished-wood handles by chrome-plated brass ferrules. The selection boggles eyes and inspires projects as shoppers stroll or cartwheel down aisles brimming with high-quality supplies that are often missing from larger craft stores.