When an outbreak of bedbugs overtook New York in 2010, residents, business owners, and members of the media alike turned to Steve Free for help. The expert exterminator had been combating pests for more than 20 years, captaining a team of highly trained technicians at The Bug Stops Here, Inc. Techs went to work immediately and still journey to more than 2,000 local homes, gardens, and workplaces each month to banish unwanted insects and rodents with their comprehensive Integrated Pest Management system. The system combines current information on the lifestyles, habits, and deep-seated insecurities of pests with the sensible use of professional control products, ensuring the most effective results with the least damage to the surrounding environment.
Since its founding in 1946 by Louis Mancuso, a flying instructor for the British Royal Air Force, Mid Island Air Service has graduated more than 5,000 pilots from its flight school. Its flock of FAA-certified flight instructors imparts the aeronautic knowledge and pixie dust required to achieve a number of certifications, from private to commercial-instrument to sport pilot. Based out of both Brookhaven and Long Island MacArthur Airports, Mid Island boasts a combined hangar space of nearly 200,000 square feet, enough to provide FBO services to small-aircraft owners alongside its own stable of training and rental aircraft.
Nestled in a renovated coal barn from the 1920s, Village Gardens of Brightwaters welcomes visitors with its quaint cedar-wood interior, and lofty ceiling beams overlook myriad garden tools, decorations, and plants. Outside the building, the bright blooms of perennials and annuals soak up sunlight, the fragrance of herbs fills the air, and verdant shrubs beckon gardeners who’ve had their thumbs tattooed green. In addition to root-bearing loot, customers head home with bags of mulch and topsoil for spreading over the graves of accidentally ripped paper dolls. Elegant statues and birdbaths further personalize gardens, and custom wreaths twine together silk flowers, fruit, birds, and berries for creations that brighten front doors or the necks of prize-winning rocking horses.
Bay Shore Furniture and Sleep Zone opened their first showroom in 1983 with the goal of providing the Suffolk County community with fine, name-brand furniture and bedding at affordable prices. Almost 30 years later, the family-owned business has grown to include showrooms in Bayshore and Bohemia, each serving as an authorized dealer for a staggering list of top brands including Ashley, Vaughan, Sealy, Home Elegance, Tempur-Pedic, and Klaussner. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, home theaters, and kitchens can be found in variety of styles, from ornate or traditional to streamlined and modern, and the business also boasts a variety of kid-friendly furniture including bunk beds, day beds, and beds designed especially for imaginary friends.