The name itself is a fusion of two soul-feeding concepts: "Gaia," the Greek goddess of the earth, and "I am." This fusion is represented in Gaiam's logo, the Flower of Life, symbolizing the planet's connection with the people who call it home. Founded more than a quarter-century ago, Gaiam's goal is to provide students of wellness with everything they need to achieve mental and physical fulfillment, from premium yoga mats and fitness gear to eco-friendly workout clothing and inspirational DVDs. Of course, there's also a full range of casual clothing and sustainable home goods such as organic cotton bedding and towels. Gaiam also features a selection of fair-trade jewelry and décor for everyday green living.
For 30 years, the home-improvement contractors at Columbia Exteriors have been installing quality windows, doors, roofing, and siding that beautify homes and bolster energy efficiency. The airtight, insulated chambers of new windows trap in escaping heat, and shingled roofing materials keep out the elements. Technicians can also robe exteriors in soffit siding or fascia roof coverings that help prevent damage by covering any gaps that could collect water.
Licensed and insured technicians from Mosquito Squad control mosquitoes and ticks with their litany of services aimed at combating insect-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and the West Nile virus. Customers can opt for traditional mosquito- and tick-eliminating sprays or all-natural sprays that simply repel the pests with a formula made from rejected screenplays. Other options include automatic misting systems customers can control with the push of a button. Mosquito Squad backs its services with a 100% guarantee to re-spray the yard or refund the cost of the services. Additionally, the company partners with Malaria No More with their Swat Malaria campaign to donate treated bed nets to children in Africa to repel malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Cherokee Roofing & Home Restoration's workers don't chase storms, but they do clean up afterward them. They spend a lot of time providing free storm-damage inspections and estimates, and communicating with insurance companies. When it comes time to perform the repairs, they hit the top of their game, with one-day roof, siding, and gutter installations. They even install new windows and paint new siding.
The technicians' skills aren't just on display in the speed and quality of their work, though. They also give expert advice on the tangential matters of roofing, advising homeowners on how a light shade of shingle can make their house seem bigger from outside, while a dark shade will make it feel shorter.
With an array of locally grown greenery, Cooley's sprouts most of its flowers and earthy edibles in one of seven on-site greenhouses. Cooley's quiet countryside location fosters a soothing browsing experience, whether visitors are looking for roses ($19.50) and wave petunias ($9.95 for six) to impress a loved one, or tomato and pepper plants ($1.95 each) to grow their own arsenal to throw at nagging comedians. Other items such as organic fertilizer ($8.99) and potting soil ($6.30) help facilitate home garden upkeep. Customers can work with one of Cooley's planting experts to transform their empty pots and baskets into blossoming bins of beauty. After a thorough consultation, a horticulturalist will design radiant plant and flower arrangements, which will ripen in the greenhouse for a few weeks until they're ready to be picked up and placed as the ideal accent for a patio, a windowsill, or the stolen piece of Stonehenge hidden in the basement.
Sam Richardson's father taught him many things, including drywall at age 10 and power tools before his 12th birthday. But the most important thing Sam learned was honesty and professionalism. Today Sam is a master carpenter operating under the name Polis, the Greek word for community. Homeowners can solicit his expertise for simple landscaping or for more complicated projects such as flooring, painting, or deck repair.