Since 1978, the friendly cleaners at Fish Window Cleaning have shined the windows and flushed the gutters of more than 100,000 residential and commercial clients nationwide, earning one of the Franchise Business Review’s 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. Expert window and gutter washers materialize at clients’ homes, businesses, or recreational submarines to spruce up besmirched panes or leaf-riddled rain spouts. Dirt abolishers scrub eager glass inside and out before wiping down windowsills (a $4/pane average cost), and rout out drainage-system debris ($125/gutter), leaving gutters as unobstructed as a swimming pool during adult swim in the winter. To keep rooms gleaming under the sparkling light of chandeliers, speck scrubbers rid ceilings' most prized fixtures of dust, grime, and shadow residue ($60).
Rise early and storm the doors at the 8 a.m. opening to peruse the designer offerings of Laurie Solet, the chic underthings of Jule, the posh footwear of Wish Shoes, and more—all at discounts upwards of 50%. The event is cash only, so arrive fully prepared to fork over a fistful of dollars for Tory Burch "Amy" Resin shoes ($275 before sale), or long-sleeve striped shirts from Mister Guy ($98.50 pre-discount). The Cash & Carry Boutique Warehouse Sale sells designer clothes for women, men, and kids, so bring along any friends or fam who've made the fashion faux pas of wearing the same burlap sack two days in a row.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.
Ahner's Garden and Gifts shelters more than 100 different varieties of tropical houseplants in a Dutch-made retail greenhouse. After passing through the greenhouse's gravel detectors and emptying their pockets of stones, blossom boosters can shop for horticultural accents in climate-controlled comfort all year round. Floral fans especially fawn over Ahner's nearly 25 different types of orchids. Premium orchids in 6 in. pots start at $29.50 and can be found in such exotic varietals as the Wilsonara and the Brassia, known as the "spider orchid" because of its double life as an orchid and photographer for The Daily Bugle. If your planters are currently being used to store your collection of precious antique cobwebs, Ahner's botany builders will happily fill them with custom flower arrangements. Prices are based on planter type and size.