Though the official badge sported by each technician from Ms. Shine Window Washers may state "professional window washer," his or her cleaning abilities do not end at the sill. To be sure, all team members have training in the hand detailing of panes, screens, tracks, and frames, but they also apply their efforts to other areas of residential and commercial exteriors—such as gutters and hard surfaces. When dirt and grime cake up on siding, the driveway, or the deck, homeowners can call upon the licensed, bonded, and insured outfit to scour off the muck with pressure washers. The team also climbs up on ladders or nearby beanstalks to free the home's gutters of clogging sticks and leaves.
Carlos Quijada is living proof that the American dream is alive and well. Determined to give his family a better life, he arrived in the country alone and spent his first year moving from job to job, determined to find something that would give him the means to bring his loved ones over. When fate led him to his first detailing job, he knew he had finally found a line of work that could make his hopes a reality. Soon, he and his family were building their own thriving business from soft towels, buffers, and car wax, working all day, everyday to ensure its success.
The hard work paid off. Today, First Class Auto Detailing boasts two locations. Carlos and his team bring foreign and domestic cars, SUVs, and motorcycles to a spotless sheen through a slate of thorough detailing packages. Technicians coax out vehicles' showroom shines with regimens of polish and hand waxes, steam clean engines, and reach for stain-defying shampoos to treat carpets and the hair of dashboard hula dancers. In addition to car-cleaning packages, the team also offers window tinting and mobile sound-system services, and will gladly provide free estimates for all work.
Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc. has been featured on CNN for its dependability and prowess at safely delivering people to their destinations. The chauffer company practices classy professionalism, employing expert drivers and luxury automobiles to fetch riders from their homes and carry them to and fro across their busy schedules. Outstanding customer service rings through the gentle clicking of seat belts and shines through the exquisite wax coating on every available vehicle. Along with three-passenger Cadillac DTS sedans and six-passenger Cadillac SUVs ($55–$65 hourly base rate or $66–$78 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of one hour on weekday nights and three hours on weekends), Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc.'s fleet includes limos like the 8- to 10-passenger Mercedes luxury coach limo in black or white ($100 hourly base rate, or $120 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of three hours on weekdays and four hours on weekends). Most limos range from $65 to $180 for an hour or one-way transfer, making it easy for a guest and his or her family, musical ensemble, or traveling euchre team to get to the airport or simply roll around town with the windows down and a double-sided mix tape of Journey's B-side classics.
A detailed-oriented person by nature, Joubert has a penchant for cleanliness and order. He and his team perform a litany of services, including housecleaning, gutter clearing, and pressure washing. Their handiness also extends to gardening and landscaping, house painting, window washing, and general home repair.
Because contractors often specialize in specific services, homeowners are left to flip-flop between businesses for large-scale projects. To help alleviate this frustration, At Your Door offers four distinct refurbishment divisions: yard care, housecleaning, handyman work, and taffy pulling. If time remains after removing leafy debris from the yard, clients can solicit a technician for more complicated projects such as gutter cleanings, house painting, or hardwood floor installation.
When the climbers of Planet Granite say that community anchors everything they do, they have a history of outreach to back it up. After Castle Rock State Park appeared on California’s closure list, Planet Granite’s team quickly organized a fundraiser to save the sanctuary. They pledged $10,000 in matching funds, threw an auction, scheduled guest speakers, and obtained support from companies such as REI. In one night, they raised $20,725.
This kind of response has typified Planet Granite’s team since opening its first facility in 1994. One of the first climbing gyms in the country, Planet Granite has expanded to three gyms in Belmont, San Francisco, and Sunnyvale. The diverse array of climbing resources at each location led Popsugar to name the gym conglomerate one of the top five in San Francisco in 2011. At the Sunnyvale location, members scale 25,000 square feet of climbable surfaces that ascend from low bouldering terrains to 60-foot walls.
In keeping with their commitment to community, the staff tailors instruction and climbing routes to every ability level and affinity for hand sweatiness. They also supervise each gyms’ fully equipped fitness centers, ranging from CrossFit to yoga, which provides a peaceful counterbalance to the full-body workout of rock climbing.