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 a homeowner's ability to confidently sleep with his or her mouth 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 wasp 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.
California Backyard's five stores help homeowners turn outdoor spaces into full-fledged living areas with a variety of products, including barbecue grills, patio furniture, and hot tubs. California Backyard also provides its patrons with access to a team of service technicians skilled in the installation and repair of many of its products. Come the holidays, each store dedicates space to a Christmas trim-a-home center, where patrons can stock up on décor and pamphlets on healthy eating for Santa.
One Stop Furniture has two locations, each with a 10,000-square-foot showroom. That's a total of 20,000 square-feet brimming with quality tables, chairs, china cabinets, dressers, mirrors, sectionals, and kids' furniture. Add to that brand names like Williams, Ashley, and Coaster and it's a sure bet you'll find everything you need for your dining room, kitchen, war room, or bedroom. Additionally, One Stop also carries mattresses from brands like Sealy and Simmons, and offers free mattress delivery, setup, and removal.
At Casa Bella Galleria, Rhoda Santamaria and her business and life partner, Shane Curry, bustle about the spacious showroom. They're busy helping clients design and decorate their living rooms, offices, bedrooms, and kitchens with housewares from brands such as Moroni Leather, Ashley, Pulaski, and Sam Moore. The ever-changing lineup of décor and furniture spans a wide range of styles—stately leather couches and exquisite porcelain vases represent a classic look, and streamlined sectionals and glass tables add a futuristic, post-modern, post-post-ironically-retro touch. Throughout the showroom, professionally coordinated living, dining, and bedroom sets give visitors handy design ideas, while rugs, mattresses, lighting, and artwork accentuate and enhance bedframes, bare walls, and brand-new furniture sets.
Every October, the quiet vegetables fields at Bastiao Farms come alive with the laughter and shrieks of the annual Halloween festival. On one side of the grounds, a motor-powered train makes its way through the haunted corn maze, a massive, growing labyrinth supplemented by three additional corn and hay-bale mazes plus a Halloween-themed pumpkin patch. In other areas of the grounds, children and adults alike can navigate historically engaging sights that include a one-room schoolhouse and a scaled-down Wild West town featuring wooden saloons, storefronts, inns, and a covered wagon that secretly dreams of becoming a hardtop.
After emigrating from their native Russia, Ella and Dmitriy Aks began selling fine European furnishings out of their home. Before long, the two had worked their way toward their dream: opening Furnitalia, an Italian-furniture store all their own. After careful research, the couple connected with Excelsior Designs, a New York–based furniture importer with six product-specific factories throughout Italy. Ella—an experienced interior designer—admired the graceful, timeless qualities of Excelsior’s pieces, while Dmitriy—a master of engineering—was captivated by their exquisite craftsmanship and ability to form structurally-sound couch forts. Throughout Furnitalia’s show room, sleek, leather sofas and armchairs show off streamlined curves and simple, yet elegant structure that meshes with home-décor accents such as plush rugs and minimalist lamps.