Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
The crew at Classic Cleaners of Ocala draws upon more than two decades in business as they spruce up garments with dry-cleaning and laundry services, leaving clean, warm threads that beg to press against skin. The cleaners extend their services to a variety of items that require unique treatment, including leather jackets, silk ties, jeans, and riding pants. The attentive staff irons shirts by hand before replacing all missing buttons and can gingerly clean, preserve, and box wedding gowns. Cleaning crews can complete rush orders the same day, and standard orders, like the best drum solos, are generally completed within two days.
Advantage Cleaning Systems, a family owned and operated cleaning force, uses a truck-mounted steam-cleansing system to eradicate pesky, hard-to-destroy stains that plague carpet. Using non-toxic products, the system gently and thoroughly purifies carpet with a pre-wash solution, hot water, and a power suction technique, leaving flooring looking pristine, fresh, and ready for an evening of hopscotch. With 11 years of experience, the friendly staff at Advantage Cleaning Systems has all the know-how needed to make sure your special carpet gets pampered and primped.
A 3.5-acre horticultural haven, Millcreek Gardens gives bloom-seekers a means to realize dreams of colorful, lush outdoor spaces by presenting a wide array of shrubs, trees, and assorted flowerpot inhabitants. Stroll amid verdant rows of plant life, perusing prettified foliage ranging from the serene cerulean hues of a delphinium to the cheerful, bubbly blooms of a hydrangea. Accent a lovely lawn with a classic apple tree ($40+), make the bed for a plot of fragrant flowers ($2–$20), or cover up barren yards with a symphony of shrubbery ($6.50–$50). The one-stop shop also stocks organic plant foods, soil amendments, and fertilizers for keeping growing greenery as strong as a box of oxen.
Forsey's Furniture Galleries gussies up living quarters, stocking its two stores with furniture, art, and home accessories from high-end designers such as Stickley, Copeland, Dale Tiffany, and Global Views. A Fred and Ginger sculpture ($105) pays tribute to the human form with an abstract rendering of two dancers in midtwirl, and the Aarhus box ($147) stylishly protects documents and jewelry from dust, light damage, and thieves who don't know how to open boxes. Customers can cast a multichromatic glow over living spaces with lamps from Dale Tiffany ($197), each channeling the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright with geometric patterns forged from richly hued stained glass.