The staff at David's Window Washing has the enviable task of serving San Diego County, where year-round sunshine ensures there's no shortage of sliding glass doors and floor-to-ceiling windows in need of squeegeeing. Nonetheless, the team makes itself amenable to sudsy needs of all sorts, clearing dirt from interior and exterior windows, screens, and mirrors smudged by one too many attempts to visit Wonderland.
West Coast Flooring Center's expert ground coverers guide clients through a wide selection of brands, such as Shaw, Mohawk, Fabrica, Royalty, Beaulieu, and Masland. Homeowners shield family-room floors with hardwood ($2.99+/sq. ft.) and cover bedroom floors with carpet ($1.49+/sq. ft.). Laminate floors ($0.99+/sq. ft.) do their best to imitate their wooden brethren, and natural stone floors ($1.49+/sq. ft.) connect bare feet with nature, minus the danger of going outdoors—the place science has shown most likely to harbor fierce lions, biting cold, and unnecessary phone books. West Coast Flooring Center also dabbles in granite countertops and area rugs.
There aren’t many ways to relive the California gold rush outside of a time machine. Yet Julian Mining Company recreates that time with its own gemstone and gold mining. Visitors pan for real gold from bags of ore at the site or take a bag home to hunt for gemstones in their bathroom sink. Field trips teach students about the Civil and Revolutionary Wars, farm life, and Native Americans with hands-on lessons. Additionally, cabin rentals give people a chance to escape to the great outdoors in view of the mountains, and in the summer and fall, families can pick fresh, tart raspberries from the bush or pumpkins off the vine.
Ace Hardware's well-stocked aisles abound with home goods, tools, and furnishings for nearly any home-improvement project. Pick up a Steel Grip six-piece screwdriver set ($8.49), a Stanley rip hammer ($9.49), and a whole bunch of screws, anchors, and bolts (prices vary), and you'll be ready to finally mount every buffalo nickel and steel penny in your coin collection. Home improvers can illuminate their newfound décor with a 6-pack of Ace bent tip light bulbs ($17.94), the better to see by while making use of a Purdy four-piece premium paint-tray kit ($19.99). For those who need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, most stores offer a paint-matching service free of charge. Keys can be copied, and barnacle-encrusted carpet cleaned with the help of a rented carpet-cleaning machine (inquire about pricing at your preferred location).
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
3 Blind Mice Window Coverings’ window-treatment specialists, all of whom are highly trained, work closely with their customers to ensure that each customized order of shutters, blinds, shades, or glass tint suits their home’s needs. Window coverings are extensive, ranging from drapes to fabric valances, and even include motorized window coverings that can be controlled via smartphones, iPads, and telekinetic pets. The team can also protect homes and its inhabitants from harmful UV rays with outdoor solar screens. After customized orders are placed, blinds get delivered within two to three weeks, and shutters within four to eight, and the staff ensures that their high-quality customer service extends through installation and even after the job is finished.