Mid-Florida Pest Management has honed the craft of rodent and bug removal since its inception in 1993. Licensed and insured technicians eliminate spiders, silverfish, and cockroaches from homes and businesses, and specialize in the removal of particularly bothersome pests such as fire ants, wasps, and bees that constantly buzz the theme song to Friends.
Tampa Urban Farming dispatches its garden gurus to local residences and businesses in an effort to help them grow their own food. When it arrives at work sites, the TUF team eagerly handles the challenges of planting a garden—the sweating, the digging, and the assembling of found dinosaur bones—leaving behind plots that are ready to harvest. Customers can choose to have their new gardens packed with different types of seeds, or upgrade to plants to get a head start on growing. They can also have the TUF team install other important garden accessories, such as drip irrigation and compost systems.
At being, owner Amy Bromley draws on her two decades of professional design experience to help shoppers convert their spaces into breathtaking expressions of style. Throw pillows burst with geometric and animal-print designs in the show room, which also holds kiln-dried hardwood furnishings and handmade jewelry and accents. Like the formal plaid suit of a lumberjack, pieces in the show room express both an elegant gentility and rustic, rough-hewn ethos. Shoppers peruse vases carved from driftwood, tables made from twisted roots, and candleholders made of silvery deer antlers. The attentive staff at being works hand in hand with homeowners to help make over living spaces with in-home appointments and full-scale consultations from professional designers.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.