After serving in a police department and the US Navy respectively, Jeff and Sabrina Shaw decided they wanted to protect something else for a change—lawns. Through A.L.E.R.T. Lawnscaping, the duo does just that, refurbishing yards across Alachua County with everything from landscape installation to shrub and small-tree removal. They mow, edge, weed, and prune grass and hedges, and they perform seasonal cleanups in both the fall and spring. Aside from caring for lawns, the crew also strips away dirt and muck from driveways with pressure washers and then buries the dirt way out in the forest so it knows what it's like to belong.
Chevron not only gasses up grownup go-karts, but also buffs out and shines up fuel-injected four wheelers with the Ryko FoamBrite car-wash system. Customers can bring in their mucky motorcar for a deluxe wash ($5) that includes the FoamBrite wash and foam bath, giving the auto a lively spray down that disintegrates dirt and grime and erases the clever limericks left in dusty verse on the rear windshield. Next, a spot-free rinse and drive-thru dry eradicate blemishes and leave customers' cars glistening, like a freshly lacquered sunbeam. With the premium wash ($7), road huggers receive the same treatment, plus an underbelly scrub and poly sealant. The Works wash ($9) adds a prewash and triple-foam shampoo to the foamy fusion, bringing out the true richness and luster of the auto's epidermis. Additionally, wheels are rubbed to a glossy sheen before road warriors are released to prowl the asphalt jungle.
For more than 20 years, an affable staff has smoothed coifs at Gallery of Hair Design, a neighborhood salon that doubles as a wall space for local artists. The two-hour Keratin Express treatment, a streamlined version of traditional keratin processes, can flatten out curly or frizzy hair and reduce styling time for up to six weeks. Post-treatment, the hair whisperers recommend waiting 12 hours before washing or using hair products and up to two weeks before applying color or diving in a vat of pudding. The formula works best on previously treated hair, and virgin strands may not unfurl to their utmost until after two or three treatments. The salon prioritizes customers with day-before appointment reminders; complimentary soda, tea, coffee, and wine; and high-fives on demand.
Gainesville Detailing's technicians travel right to the customer's driveway or parking spot to administer meticulous auto-grooming services. During the 60- to 90-minute package No. 2 detail, dexterous human digits carefully scrub the car clean, dress the tires, massage hand wax into the frame, and buff the body paint until it glows like the family tree of a firefly.
For more than 30 years, the staff at the family-owned Leonard's Furniture has helped homeowners make their dwellings more livable by stocking a 14,000 sq. ft. showroom full of décor and furnishings from more than 150 vendors. The team makes the shopping process easier by delivering and assembling any in-stock items free of charge. Those items include furnishings for dining rooms, living rooms, and bedrooms from brands such as Ashley, Lane, FlexSteel, and Tempur-Pedic. The store's comprehensive stock includes home office staples including desks, chairs, and mirrors that come in varying sizes and opinions on Snow White. Shoppers can also find equipment to furnish home-entertainment rooms, such as theater seats that eject anyone who takes out their cell phone during a movie.
Since their showroom debuted in 1984, Furniture Country's staffers have armed homeowners with classic southern-style furnishings from brands including Omnia, Lane, and Ashley. Their fixtures embellish every corner of your abode, from dining-room sets for the kitchen to leather chairs for the home office. They also help shoppers put finishing touches on their interior decor with lamps, rugs, pillows, and throws, and they help clients get a good night's sleep by introducing them to Serta mattresses or sandmen for hire.