Owner Craig Martin views a yard as a living canvas. He and his team maintain and cultivate grounds with landscaping services such as lawn mowing, gardening, and gnome shoeshines. They also care for the nonliving parts such as decks, fences, and walkways with pressure washing treatments.
Whether she’s photographing Boy Scout troops, high-school seniors, newlyweds, or families, Heather McClarrie finds a way to put her subjects at ease. At the end of each on-location shoot, Heather creates a CD of edited images with full print release so her clients can make copies to send to relatives or celebrities they wish were relatives.
Vacuums Etc. keeps carpets meticulously scuzz-free with a slate of high-end vacuum cleaners and supplies as well as exemplary service and repairs. Suck up dust, mites, and motes in mites’ eyes with one of Vacuums Etc.’s dealer-exclusive models ($70–$1200). Models such as the Carpet Pro ($250) or a Riccar Supralite ($309) banish dust bunnies, and the American-made Riccar Brilliance ($899) gets rid of filth while bearing a 15-year warranty. Steeds of suction come with a 24-hour trial period in which customers can test out their selection at home. Not just a place to bag a motor-driven windbag, Vacuums Etc. includes an additional two-year service guarantee on vacuum purchases for any item not included in the manufacturer’s warranty.
Nestled within Columbia's historical Shandon neighborhood, Pupcakes Pet Boutique invites passersby and their four-legged friends to admire the designer dog-wear, stylish carriers and beds, and handy accessories in the homey, family-run shop. Throughout the store, Prada, the assistant manager and resident silky terrier, performs quality-control tests on toys, greets visitors with begs for belly rubs, and reviews payroll time sheets. The scent of daily baked treats tickles the olfactory lobes of discerning doggie patrons, and the sight of pooches dressed in cute vests and comforting Thundershirts reduces human speech to adoring coos and baby talk.