After emigrating from their native Russia, Ella and Dmitriy Aks began selling fine European furnishings out of their home. Before long, the two had worked their way toward their dream: opening Furnitalia, an Italian-furniture store all their own. After careful research, the couple connected with Excelsior Designs, a New York–based furniture importer with six product-specific factories throughout Italy. Ella—an experienced interior designer—admired the graceful, timeless qualities of Excelsior’s pieces, while Dmitriy—a master of engineering—was captivated by their exquisite craftsmanship and ability to form structurally-sound couch forts. Throughout Furnitalia’s show room, sleek, leather sofas and armchairs show off streamlined curves and simple, yet elegant structure that meshes with home-décor accents such as plush rugs and minimalist lamps.
Named the Sacramento area's Best Garden Center of 2010 by KCRA 3 CityVoters, Windmill Nursery stocks a bevy of beauteous blooms, trees, shrubs, gardening supplies, and more to spruce up your indoor and outdoor spaces. Pick up a perennial ($4.99–$9.99), or locally source your yard with Windmill’s selection of California native plants ($4.99–$15.99). Select a hook for holiday hangables with Windmill’s array of Christmas trees, which come in varietals of Noble, Burton Blue Noble, and Fraiser Fir. The nursery also carries a line-up of UC Davis’s Arboretum All-Stars ($4.99–$15.99), which achieved MVP status with their reliability, toughness, and incredible hook shots.
For more than 100 years, Emigh Ace Hardware has been equipping households and handypersons with a durable selection of tools, paints, and domiciliary goods. Helpful employees, some with more than 20 years of experience, can point shoppers toward the proper tools, while a koi pond and complimentary balloons and popcorn for kids add color and flavor beyond the usual hardware-store milieu. Customers may peruse popular name-brand paints like Clark + Kensington's paint and primer in one ($26-$36) or Benjamin Moore ($33.99+). Homeowners can invest in a Craftsman wrench set ($19.99) or scare away infiltrating ivy tendrils with a 30-inch leaf rake ($11.99). Air filters in assorted sizes ($4.49+) banish dust before future breaths, just as A-Maz Water Stain Remover ($7.99) eliminates mineral deposits, while the fall mums—like a jack-o'-lantern covered in fireworks—can keep gardens bright as they transition to the coming season ($1.99 for 4” flowers).
Signature service: Home cleaning services
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Products Used: We use commercial grade cleaning products.
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California Backyard's five stores help homeowners turn outdoor spaces into full-fledged living areas with a variety of products, including barbecue grills, patio furniture, and hot tubs. California Backyard also provides its patrons with access to a team of service technicians skilled in the installation and repair of many of its products. Come the holidays, each store dedicates space to a Christmas trim-a-home center, where patrons can stock up on décor and pamphlets on healthy eating for Santa.
Since 1972, Exotic Plants has encouraged locals to improve their interior air and go green with potted plants. The business stocks a range of low-maintenance plants that thrive indoors, including palms, succulents, cacti, and evergreen chia heads. Since other plants, such as orchids and bonsais, can require a bit more effort, the store holds plant-care workshops and even makes house and office calls to keep plants well maintained. The staff helps indecisive owners select plants during design consultations, and the store offers a selection of plants and blooms for short-term event rental. As Exotic Plants also carries bright pots and natural fertilizer made with Icelandic sea kelp, customers can grab everything they need to help their leafy, spiky, and persnickety friends flourish.