It's not every day that online shopping includes as much personal attention as you get from Stoneside Blinds. In most areas, their online-shopping process starts off with a free house call from a designer, who helps clients pick out materials and styles for their window dressing. Once the client has made their choices, the company will send out teams to measure the window frames and, later, install the final product for a flat fee. Their handiwork, and the blinds themselves, are backed by a rigorous guarantee that lets customers change their minds within 30 days and safeguards against defects up to a year later, so customers never have to cover up faulty blinds with a poster of their backyard. The only online part of their signature process, really, is placing the order. Minutes after the order is placed, the team at the production warehouse gets to work making it a reality, whether it's roller shades in a custom fabric, sleek solar shades, or classic wooden blinds.
Don Lassiter, the CEO of ACE Multi-Cleaning & Restoration LLC, has 25 years of experience in the cleaning and restoration industry. In that time ACE has accrued a varied list of past clientele, from families struck by 2011’s Hurricane Irene to major commercial clients such as Macy’s and Sears. His licensed technicians perform a wide array of services, ranging from carpet and upholstery cleaning to air-duct cleaning and power washing. Techs do more than simply clean, though; they also offer construction rebuilds and mold-prevention services.
Alston Landscaping ramps up curb appeal with its meticulous lawn-grooming services. Highly trained techs can edge unwieldy weeds from flower beds or retract yard growth with a swift mowing session. Homeowners may also solicit the company’s debris-cleanup services to remove unwanted organic debris from yards and driveways.
Since 1945, this family-owned landscaping business and garden center has helped locals transform their yards into lush landscapes and bountiful gardens. The company's secret to longevity is enlisting a staff of passionate expert gardeners and cloning them to populate future generations. Among its members, the landscaping team shares almost 200 years of collective experience, with foremen holding between 12 and 20 years apiece. Company president James Campbell began cultivating his love of all things flora on a farm crew at age 14. In college, he studied ornamental horticulture and then spent four decades working at Campbell & Ferrara, ascending from crew member to foreman to president.
You might get lost in the meandering paths of the indoor-outdoor garden center with 8 acres of trees, shrubs, and seasonal flowers. Thankfully, horticulturists and garden experts roam the grounds, ready to offer you directions and advice. To deter pests, for example, they'll tell you to plant a border of marigolds or a handful of sacrificial Skittles. Hand them a picture of your yard, and they'll predict which plants and flowers will likely thrive there. They also make DIY-ing easy by arranging over 1,000 trees and shrubs into user-friendly categories such as privacy screening, Virginia natives, and four-season. For customers who prefer an expert's help, landscapers offer degrees of assistance, ranging from installing customer-selected plants to completely redesigning yards with putting greens, outdoor kitchens, or waterfalls.
When Nick Baucom returned stateside from six honorable years of service in the US Marines, he found himself with some time on his hands. Given his strong character and equally strong back, his friends and family often asked him for help moving. Nick discovered that organizing and conducting a move utilized many of the same leadership and management skills he had employed in the marines. To prevent these useful skills from atrophying, he started Two Marines Moving, fueling himself with a personal mission to make one of life's most stressful acts more manageable for his clients.
While Nick still runs the business today, the name Two Marines Moving hardly seems appropriate anymore. He employs more than 45 veterans, who load, transport, and unload items of all shapes and sizes, including boxes full of books, couches, and pianos. So far, they've completed more than 10,000 successful relocation missions. Each staffer receives professional moving training upon joining the company, equipping them to deal with any kind of object, from delicate electronics to hefty closet skeletons.
When Kent Baake isn't scaling rock formations in Yosemite or shooting for another world record in roadskating, the Metro Gutter & Home Services, Inc. founder can often be found devising energy-efficient ways to protect clients' rooftops, doing everything from sealing leaks to repairing gutters. Baake began the company in 1989, taking on each gutter job with only one truck and one ladder. His crew has since expanded, and the trucks have hatched eggs of their own, resulting in a fleet that carries the exterior specialists to counties throughout Virginia, Maryland, and DC. While restoring damaged home exteriors or preparing houses for harsh seasons, the team cleans, repairs, and replaces roofing, gutters, siding, windows, and doors. They also offer attic ventilation and insulation, as well as home energy audits, weatherization, and solar design services.