Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
A family gathers in front of a fire to watch flames dance inside a teepee of logs. After several moments, a uniformed staffer walks over to ask whether they have any questions, and, startled, they stop telling ghost stories or reminiscing about bygone summer bonfires to think about whether they'd like that very model in their own home. Fireside Hearth & Home's cozy design room has that effect. Several staged but comfortable living rooms, kitchens, and patios revolve around fireplaces and stoves, letting customers really imagine life around the hearth. The inventory of gas, wood, and electric fireplaces, as well as stoves and inserts come out of the workshops of top brands such as Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire, and Outdoor Lifestyles. The knowledgeable staffers can explain the variances of styles and features, as well as install new fireplaces and convert wood fireplaces to gas ones.
For 32 years, the friendly crew at Fish Window Cleaning has meticulously cleaned gutters, windowpanes, and pained windows throughout the St. Louis area and beyond; the fast-growing business is also a Better Business Bureau TORCH Award Winner. Fish's uniformed professionals will de-clutter gutters ($125 average) and clean windows inside and out ($4 average per pane of glass) until your home hums the rubber-ducky song in the tone of hygienic satisfaction. When cleansing windows' exteriors, each cleaner will evict grime caused by dust, rain, and wayward bugs, and when sparkling the interior side of windows, they'll treat your furnishings and fixtures with respect. Pricing varies by house.
During a furnace maintenance visit, Harker Heating & Cooling's specialists give homes' heating units a thorough examination. Components slated for inspection include the thermostat, blower assembly, air filter, vents, electrical connections, and safeties. Pilot lights, heat exchanges, and burners receive a careful cleaning to remove excess dust or illegal Greek fire. To improve the furnace's efficiency, a technician will lubricate chafed motors and bearings with a spritz of oil. After checking for gas leaks or evidence of carbon monoxide, Harker's staffers test the water and run the furnace through a complete cycle to ensure that it's ready for another prolonged struggle with Old Man Winter.
Clean Carpet Professionals' staffers uproot grime from carpets, tile and grout, and hard surfaces with their commercial-grade, truck-mounted Hydramaster system. Technicians inject dingy floors with hot, soft water and cleaning tonics, aiming to banish stains spawned from foot traffic, spilled food, or full-scale reenactments of last year's Kentucky Derby. A soft-water rinse and suction expunge dirt from debris-susceptible carpets, helping to rid them of dust mites, allergens, and microscopic pollutants. An enclosed high pressure wand blows cleaning agents with high PH levels onto tile and grout to oust unsightly build-up caught in its crevices, while vinyl and concrete floors and thoroughly washed and rinsed to rid them of dirt and chemicals that can't be rid by mere mopping.
Bedecking bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices for almost a century, the furniture fiends at Rubin's seek out the finest in formal, casual, classic, and chic furniture design and manufacturing. Peruse the haute hoard of home furnishings, which range from area rugs, futons, chairs, and patio furniture to accent pieces such as trunks, coat racks, and cocoa-flavored candelabras.