When Omar Morineau was 17 years old, a local businessman named Cal handed him an airbrush and car-paints, entreating the teenager to “learn how to use ‘em.” The self-taught youth was soon plastering flashy graphics on sports cars, and before long had moved on to custom surfboards and his own mural business. Then he thought he’d get some higher education. A stint at L’Acedemia di Belle Arte in Florence informed his expressive technique, which ranges from anatomically accurate, occasionally surrealistic oil paintings to stylized graphic designs for bands, businesses, and the lemonade stands of overly ambitious five-year-olds. Today, when he isn’t laboring on his latest commission, the enterprising artist promotes creativity through classes for all ages, with early-childhood sessions aimed at fostering a love of creation and workshops for older students focused on launching careers in two-dimensional and computer arts.
Common household pests such as ants, termites, cockroaches, flies, and spiders can carry up to 33 types of bacteria, including some that cause illness in humans. They can eat away at a building's framework, as well as homeowners' ability to confidently sleep with their mouths open. This is why Terminix technicians aren't satisfied with simply eliminating current pest problems—they strive to also prevent future infestations, and they guarantee their ability to do so.
Terminix team members know all the obscure places where pests like to hide: in water-heater closets, fireplaces, the centers of donuts, plumbing penetrations, and the weep holes in wood-veneer walls. Their response to an infestation varies depending on the home's unique situation, but services may include sweeping away spider webs and wasps nests from the eaves of the home, setting up traps, dusting and spraying interior or exterior crevices that are prone to pests, and spraying around the home's foundation.
The seasoned chimney sweeps at Chimney Masters have been clearing pipes and making fireplaces heat home more efficiently for nearly a decade. The team aware of the uniqueness that each fireplace possesses, teach customers how to properly and safely use their chimney.
This knowledge reflects the care and thoroughness that goes into Chimney Masters' services. Not only does he clear away soot, debris, and creosote from flues, fireplaces, and chimneys, he also keeps home safe and ventilated by addressing situations and doling out advice—such as burning a certain type of wood—that can keep homes safe from fire hazards.
At Service Champions Heating & Air Conditioning, the first item on the list of its employees' core values is this: give remarkable service. Whether repairing an air-conditioning or heating system, the technicians make sure they arrive on time and leave without any surprise charges to the customer. Maintenance checklists show customers what to expect during their appointment and can be cut up to write anonymous fan letters to a favorite technician.
Whether the temp outside is too hot, too cold, or disconcertingly pleasant, the experts at Pure Heating & Air Conditioning are there to get a furnace or AC unit cranking inside. Services range from installation HVAC units to performing maintenance and repairs. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week for emergencies, the technicians treat temperature issues throughout the Sacramento and Central Valleys.
Studio Seven Arts, voted Best Art Gallery of 2011 by Diablo magazine's readers, is bedecked in one-of-a-kind fine art, handcrafted jewelry, and eclectic crafts, fostering an inspiring backdrop to their custom-framing services. The staff members curate a collection of American art pieces, including locally made creations, displaying handcrafted fine jewelry and skillfully made crafts that can be both functional and decorative—much like a scarecrow in a sundress. The gallery’s in-house framing artisans draw upon 25 years of experience to build custom frames for such treasures as paintings, photos, diplomas, and mirrors of any shape or size. Frames can be outfitted with wood to match any room’s décor, and with a variety of glass options that can block the bleaching effects of sunlight and scribblings of pets who feel they ought to be in all the family photos.