NaturaLawn of America devotes itself to caring for both lawns and the environment, eschewing harmful chemicals in favor of eco-conscious products. Natural, organic-based, and biodegradable products are administered to create healthy outdoor spaces that repel intrusive pests such as fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and aging golf-course greens searching for a place to retire.
Technicians determine the individual needs of each lawn to develop custom treatment plans, taking soil tests and enhancing lawns with zero-phosphorus fertilizers, seeding and aeration treatments, or regimens that focus on balancing nitrogen, potassium, and sulfur. The pest-control professionals also fight off invasive species, applying milky-spore grub control—which uses a naturally occurring bacteria—to evict japanese beetles and european chafers. The lawn liaisons deter Lyme disease–carrying creatures with Tick Ranger and send moles on their way with biodegradable repellents or inside jobs to infiltrate the neighbor’s vegetable garden.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
With construction expertise ranging from stone masonry to landscape design, the licensed and insured home improvers from Smith’s Professional Cleaners tend to all aspects of a building's appearance. Though their name implies otherwise, they can also work under roofs and take on interior tasks, such as painting walls, repairing crown molding, or staining staircases worn bare by warm-weather snowboard training. Before starting on any job, the team provides free estimates of work ahead of time so that the client can budget properly and know what to expect.
At Calamari's Sushi & More, chefs craft delicious rolls from fresh ingredients and special sauces. Dishes range from the Princess Roll with avocado, tuna, and lump crabmeat to the Ventura Roll, which combines bacon, shrimp, and avocado over an ocean salad. Chefs also craft inventive plates such as the Nightmare Plate, which challenges the definition of the word “nightmare” with a dreamy concoction of red snapper, salmon, crab stick tempura, scallions, cucumbers, and carrots served over rice with specialty sauces. The menu also includes party trays with crowd-pleasing portions of the menu's signature items.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s showroom. With an Aaron accent chair's ($249) upholstered, picture-frame-shaped back, homeowners can dine across the table from a loved one or a photograph of Benjamin Franklin. The elegant Key Town storage bench ($399.99) safely stows belongings inside rich, dark-brown wood, and the ivory Margo comfort lounger ($349.99) cradles bodies in comfy vinyl upholstery. Rest weary feet on a chocolate Cubit ottoman ($129) or flip its top to reveal another smaller ottoman and a removable tray great for supporting drinks, papers, or mobile Jenga games.
Old Colony Furniture, which has been family owned since 1946, inspires interior-design compositions with a 30,000-square-foot show room, showcasing both contemporary and classic pieces. Upon entering the expansive show room, guests will feel as though they're walking through an expertly designed home as they peruse rich, opulent furniture from more 50 respected brands, such as Sherrill and Hancock & Moore, artfully arranged in inviting vignettes. With a collection of dining chairs ($269+), patrons can strategically seat guests in vulnerable positions should a mashed-potato fight break out. A nightstand ($449+) provides optimal access to water glasses and bedside reading materials, and an upholstered occasional chair ($475+) coddles fatigued appendages. Shoppers glance into mirrors ($225+) to admire the way a shirt complements their pants and for instant reassurance of their non-gorilla status.
For the green thumbs at Roots, trimming and arranging plants isn’t enough to sate their floral passions. That’s why they hold regular workshops where patrons can partake in wine and refreshments while learning how to design their own decorative arrangements, then take them home. Amid the store’s oxygen-rich confines, the staff talks about everything from indoor potted plants to holiday-wreath decoration.