It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Brookstone, located on the ground floor of The Avenues Mall on the south side of Jacksonville, is a national retailer of unique and innovative technology gadgets and gifts. Stepping into the well-lit, wood floored, gleaming store is almost an overload to your shopping senses. Headphones and speakers pulse with everything from popular music to ambient sounds to sleep by, while other gadgets click and whir nearby. You can nab iPad accessories, sit in the latest newfangled massage chair or play with a variety of one-of-a-kind gizmos that make life more relaxing, interesting and fun. The space is jam-packed with displays and hands-on merchandise so mall goers can see, hear, touch and try out any product they choose, while lighthearted staff waits patiently nearby in case you need further assistance.
Landmark Construction, a locally owned and operated company founded in 2003, integrates the skills of architects, builders, and real-estate professionals to overhaul—or simply spruce up—commercial and residential sites. With any remodeling or new construction project, Landmark channels more than 60 years of combined experience to produce exactly what a client envisions while remodeling kitchens or adding a second bathroom into a treehouse. Professionals also tend to less-intensive projects, repairing damage from water, fire, and termites and helping out around the house with general handyman services.
Bella Casa Cleaning Services' licensed and insured team of cave cleansers works to purify clients' homes with individualized cleaning services and an arsenal of quality cleaning products. The staff of abode bathers begins each household dirt extermination by wiping kitchen cabinetry and polishing countertops before scouring sinks and polishing stainless-steel fixtures. All household foot highways will receive a proper vacuuming, mopping, or scrubbing to ensure optimum cleanliness and efficiency during tube-sock-sliding contests. The grime antagonists will relieve all walls, air vents, and windowsills of accumulated dust layers, so kids can play hide-and-go-seek the way it was meant to be played—sneeze free. Bella Casa Cleaning Services will make any beds if homeowners leave out fresh linens, and they will also treat laundry rooms and bathrooms with green cleaning products designed to clean domesticated fixtures with the same substances that feral appliances use to bathe in the wild.
MaidPro specializes in whipping grimy households into gleaming shape. Over the course of three hours, the staff of dirt-busting cleanliness experts will scrub your home in accordance with a 49-point checklist that tackles bathrooms, kitchens, bedrooms, hallways, and cupboards under the stairs. Cleansing connoisseurs will empty trash cans full of shucked corn husks, remove incriminating fingerprints from cookie jars, vacuum away equally incriminating trails of cookie crumbs, and usher feral packs of baby gorillas quietly into the night. If you spot a spot within 24 hours of cleaning and notify the company, MaidPro's maid pros will re-clean the area free of charge.
Zen Clean Solutions is confident in its work?so much so that the company backs it with a guarantee of complete satisfaction. Handpicked and thoroughly trained, Zen Clean's employees provide a number of different services, including deep cleaning, professional organizing, and moving-related packing and unpacking. They also rely on environmentally friendly products, especially those that are natural, biodegradable, and free of toxic ingredients.