Joe Saad, the owner of Shook Carpet Cleaning, knows that when it comes to cleaning carpet, efficiency is just as important as effective cleaning. That's why he and his team of techs clean carpets and upholstery with a truck-mounted vacuum. This system injects fibers with hot water and a cleaning solution before rapidly lifting the dirt and water back up. This time-tested approach prevents soapy residue from forming, ensuring that carpets dry quickly—usually within about two hours, depending upon the type of carpet and the condition it was in before cleaning. Joe also reinvigorates tile and grout using a similar process, using 200-degree water to blast away dirt and stains.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Model Home Furniture—begun in 1995 as a supplier of furnishings for picture-perfect model homes—later expanded to making the same photogenic furniture fill the public's lived-in lairs. Shepherds corral new and gently used items into the spacious show room, ranging from queen-size beds to dressers with drawers big enough to contain a siege of rapidly growing chia pets. With sets crafted for bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas, Model Home Furniture's designs can furnish one room or match an entire home's décor, eliminating the need to paint everything solid black or teach every cuckoo clock to sing in four-part harmony.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet help customers to negotiate the store's huge inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Items are priced at a reduced rate, giving purchasers extra money and a brand-new stockpile of hardware to construct a time machine to go back and impress an early hominid with a Dirt Devil Scorpion 7-amp hand vacuum ($29.99) or a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion compact drill ($127.99). Each product carries a warranty of at least one year, even the reconditioned items, which had to get back in shape with pushups and burpees to earn their warranty ribbon.