Since 1910, Hallmark has stocked its shelves with a wide variety of greeting cards, gifts, and thoughtful keepsakes. Patrons can write a formal request for better candy from neighbors with Halloween greeting cards ($0.99+ each) or record a personalized greeting card to document a baby's first words in English or made-up baby language. Keepsake ornaments ($9.95+) inspired by the memorable Peanuts comic strip feature Snoopy, Lucy, and Charlie Brown decked out in Halloween costumes, and a variety of scrapbook kits and photo albums help to preserve memories without having to pickle the brain. A large selection of wrapping paper, ribbons, and bags encloses gifts in layers of festivity.
In 2005, after years of working as a freelance engineer, Karl Farmer decided to draw on his business sense, mechanical know-how, and love of colored sponges to start his own residential and commercial cleaning company. Karl handles the business aspect, and his wife, Richelle, handles the day-to-day operations, sending out fully insured technicians to clean homes or wax the floors of local businesses. Clients can request an NYCS technician's power-washing services to clean the side of a building or rouse sluggish children for school.
The Cleaning Pixies arrive at homes armed with deluxe steam mops that sanitize hard floors while eschewing unsanitary chemicals or unpredictable curses. With other highly rated cleaning products—such as Pledge, Lysol, and Windex—in hand, the licensed and bonded staffers monitor their work via a 43-point cleaning checklist. If patrons call within 24 hours, they will come back to tend to any missed spots.
Family-owned and operated since 1995, White Orchard Home Furnishings (formerly Quaker Country Home) offers a wide variety of high-quality traditional and contemporary furniture and accessories with which to dapple a home. The two-story showroom in historic Grange Hall houses shaker, mission, traditional, and modern styles of abode furnishings, much of which is built in the U.S. and sourced from more than 37 manufacturers. Spruce up a natural habitat or make an unnatural habitat of sterile rocks and Theremin strains more congenial with framed artwork ($48+), stylish lamps ($125+), or solid wood furniture crafted from pine, maple, or cherry wood ($125+). Armchairs ($397+) and sofas ($997+) offer a comfy place for weary soul sacks to relax and recline after an exhausting day protecting organs from skeletal onslaughts.
The licensed and insured landscaping team at Lunchesrus Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance Service keeps properties pristine through a wide spectrum of landscaping services. Crews can visit homes weekly to perform such routine tasks as lawn mowing, or make one-time stops to complete projects such as mailbox installation should a previous box ever go on a bill-only diet. Lunchesrus provides free estimates ahead of every service in order to prevent miscommunication and allow homeowners to budget properly.
Licensing from The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification attests to David Zagst's carpet-cleaning abilities. He and his crew of licensed and insured technicians drive trucks with built-in carpet-cleaning units to perform a range of commercial and residential upkeep services, from power washing and upholstery cleanings to tile and grout cleanings. Certification in repairing flood damage readies the crew to clean up after natural disasters or surprise parties for easily startled orcas.