"Don't marry your alarm company," Advanced Systems declares, and while there's very little chance of that actually happening, their approach to alarm-system monitoring does inspire a more easy-going partnership. These pros monitor all the top systems—be they Honeywell, DSC, or GE—with the same industry-wide procedures: When they're alerted by an alarm system, they first call the premises, followed by a designated call-list, and then the appropriate agencies. The company's no-contract monitoring policy works with new or existing security systems, allowing clients to decide when they're in and when they're out.
Working across 16 locations around Puget Sound, the friendly folks at Savvy Mattress Outlet showcase popular, name-brand mattresses from Simmons, Serta, and Sealy, aiming to help sleepers of all stripes find their ideal match. They also offer next- and same-day delivery service, during which hired staffers will remove your old mattress, take it for one last spin down the stairs, and break the hard news to the kids—who were originally told that it was going to a country farm filled with other mattresses.
Garden Gear & Gallery's resident green thumbs help patrons sculpt striking landscapes with a large assortment of gardening tools and indoor and outdoor artwork. Cultivate an unruly plot with the nine unyielding tines of a small hand rake ($12), or sling a stainless-steel sickle ($19.99) to hew ornamental grasses into the presidential likeness of your choice. A scintillating wind chime ($20) enlivens outdoor environs by clinking gaily at the first touch of a meandering breeze or clumsy dryad. Secure easily lost items within the confines of a five-pocket apron ($19.50), whose extra-deep pouches hold gloves, small tools, and ladybug eviction notices.
Heartland Jiffy Lubes enjoy the benefits of being under the Heartland Automotive Services umbrella, putting them in good company along with more than 435 Jiffy Lubes nationwide that service more than five million customers each year. They specialize in the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which comes standard with a fresh-from-the-box oil filter and up to 5 quarts of quality motor oil, plus a comprehensive lineup of other vehicle maintenance checkups. Highly trained technicians also perform cosmetic and mechanical services including inspections, emissions testing, transmission service, and counseling for 1960s Corvettes that are going through a mid-life crisis.
Countless do-it-yourself projects would never have seen the light of day were it not for Aurora Rents—gardens would remain untended, furniture unsanded, bedrooms unpainted. Luckily, the locally owned and operated business has rented tools and equipment—all properly cared for—to northwestern craftspeople for 50 years. Equally as vital, each employee carries industry expertise around in his or her tool belt, and delights in providing insights, safety tips, and techniques for refinishing floors or shellacking homemade Trojan horses.