For the technicians of A&A Pest Control, class is always in session. Before donning the company's employee garb, they must pass a rigorous training course that equips them to deal with all manner of insect and rodent issues. The education doesn't end there, though, as the staff constantly researches and tests new methods of pest control, from field-testing new chemicals that reduce ant populations to breeding invisible cats that pounce upon unwelcome mice. Additionally, technicians eschew the one-size-fits-all approach to pest control for more customized service by investigating each building to determine the type of infestation and the best course of action for removal.
For more than 50 years, Flanagan Paint & Supply Company has been equipping customers with quality paints, durable tools, and expert advice fit to suit the needs of homeowners, contractors, and businesses. A variety of paint products and supplies lines Flanagan's aisles, with a gallon of paint costing about $35 and brushes ranging from $10–$16. Coronado Paint specializes in protective and decorative coatings to update interior and exterior surfaces, such as dull living-room walls or "Lincoln for President" garage doors, and Mythic Paint offers nontoxic, low-odor products that roll on without emitting dangerous gases and cancer-causing toxins. In addition to these and other modern lines, Flanagan Paint houses a wealth of vintage inventory no longer in stock at most retailers, perfect for touching up antique items or retro rooms, such as an authentic 1920s basement speakeasy whitewashed with bathtub gin.
In ancient China, sky lanterns were used as a method of communication on the battlefield. Nowadays, at the lantern festivals celebrated in many countries, the floating objects are regarded as symbolic of letting go of your past self so that a new, better self can emerge in the New Year. Naturally, these beautiful ornamental lights have found their way into many celebrations with their thought-provoking beauty, including wedding ceremonies, gallery openings, and masquerade parties.
Chinese Sky Lanterns offers an expansive collection of handmade, biodegradable, and eco-friendly sky, water, and hanging lanterns. The lanterns don't require any assembly, and are made from flame-retardant papers in a host of vibrant and muted colours to match the look and feel of any celebration.
The petal pushers at Flowers to the People assemble sustainable holiday centerpieces with blossoms from local sowers or sustainable Californian and South American farms. Customers order personalized arrangements that showcase hydroponic roses, eucalyptus, orchids, and other specialty flowers to present to a loved one, accent a holiday buffet, or block Uncle Josh's cross-table reach for the gravy boat. Going the extra ecological step, the flower shop collects many of its vases and buckets from antique dealers and secondhand shops, or binds bouquets in recycled pint glasses, wine glasses, and mason jars. The environmentally sympathetic staff composts plant waste and repurposes packaging materials into solar-powered hot-dog cookers.