The aisles at Napa Valley Art Supplies are as colorful as the paintings their materials help to create. Tubes of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints, from brands such as Prismacolor and Liquitex, await to top an arsenal of Winsor & Newton brushes made to suit varying types of paint, desired brushstrokes, or canvas tickle-thresholds. Beads, jewelry, water-soluble crayons, and frames help inspire other artistic endeavors, while markers and eco-friendly Plutonium and Liquitex spray paints fuel onsite expression during BYOB events, which?in the past?have included a Spray Can Slam with local writers and street artists.
Spectrum Home Services' professional grime fighters take an extreme approach to home cleaning, annihilating dust, dirt, and grime from all surfaces. Busy homeowners can hand over the keys to the V8 feather duster with a detailed deep cleaning, extending the powers of the cleaning beyond standard sweep-and-mop routines with grout cleaning, blind dusting and cleaning, and doggy-door spit shining. No crumb is left unsuctioned by a vacuum, and ceiling fans, window frames, and kitchens are subjected to a meticulous wipe-down. During the course of your home's three-hour sudsing session, neglected bathroom chrome fixtures will also receive long-overdue attention with a thorough cleaning and shining.
While pacing in the light of a pristine glass foyer, a team member from Sparkling Cleaning Service speaks proudly about a recently serviced home. "Mary and her husband," he explains, "they were elderly, and not in the best position to clean their windows. We removed all the dirt, the water spots, and after we finished, Mary calls me and says, 'I can see!'" That's not to say that Mary had been living with false blindness, but as she elatedly explained to an employee, she'd never seen her windows so clean.
This type of phone call is what owners Fernando Moreno and his wife, Sandra Gomez, wanted from their business from the beginning: to have strong personal relationships with clients—relationships built on thorough and fair service. The couple earned their business stripes as daycare owners, but decided to start Sparkling Cleaning Service in order to provide even more working opportunities for others––relatives included.
A family owned and operated business, one day the team of relatives sat down and sorted out the details of the company's vision. They decided to offer gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and window cleaning. They decided that they would use eco-friendly products. The family also decided that the prices should be based on square footage rather than number of windows––because it's more fair. "It's not as easy these days to trust someone to do a service. We want the customers to see that we can be trusted."
Helmed by long-time HVAC techs and tradesfolk Tommy Simkins and Richard Kramer, Air Solutions, Inc. has promoted clean, comfortable interior environments throughout three generations of family ownership. The team of licensed technicians extends its expertise far beyond conventional ventilation services, with installations of radiant-heat systems that cut down on monthly bills, and geothermal-energy hookups that help homes tap into the vast renewable energy produced by moleman barbecues. Preventative measures ensure existing air-conditioning and furnace setups run smoothly and efficiently, with dust-busting vent cleanings and thorough multipoint inspections.
Junk King’s red trucks travel to houses around the country to clear homes of clutter while maintaining environmentally safe practices. Friendly haulers give customers a call when they're en route, then cart away anything except hazardous materials, including garden clippings, outmoded furnishings, and cursed Cadillac trunks. The refuse rangers sort through everything they take away, donating what they can to charity, recycling what they can’t, and even sweeping up when the job is done. So far, Junk King has saved 908 tons from entering landfills by striving to recycle more than 60% of what they collect. All appointments are scheduled within two-hour time frames, often with same- or next-day service.
Hatched by five lifelong friends, Five Star Painting is now 70 franchises strong with locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. All 70 adhere to the five friends’ initial mission to provide first-rate painting services while remembering they are guests in their customers’ homes. Besides executing projects flawlessly, they are always courteous, on time, and clean. With the same steadfastness and commitment to the customer, they also paint the inside and outside of commercial buildings.