A pile of dirty suits, blouses, and jackets sits on a doorstep. Suddenly, a truck pulls up, whisking away the soiled garments and replacing them with hangers of newly dry-cleaned and laundered vestments. The staff at Pacific View Cleaners time their complimentary pickup and delivery service (available on orders $50 or more) to each client's schedule, basing their high standards of customer service on more than 30 years of industry experience. Using 100% biodegradable, petroleum-free solvents, they expel stains, cleanse leather and suede, and remove odors, mold, and discoloration caused by fire, flooding, and mildew. When they aren't scouring sullied duds, they perform alterations and tailor pants for three-legged races. They also preserve wedding gowns in oxygen-free, moisture-controlled cases and back their work with a lifetime guarantee.
The pest-control experts of Ocean View Termite and Pest root out unwanted houseguests such as ants, roaches, silverfish, and mice. They use humane methods to extricate birds from homes and work to relocate bees to local beekeepers in order to preserve their pollination abilities and delicious, delicious honey. Homes plagued by termites can call on the crew to inspect and treat wood, and remove damaged structures as necessary.
In 1956, a mining company sold some unproductive facilities to the County of Los Angeles, thinking it had taken everything worth taking from the land. The county wanted to reclaim the site as a natural habitat, but civic demands at the time dictated that it become a sanitary landfill. Then, in 1961, a group of private citizens headed by Frances Young convinced the Board of Supervisors to reclaim the site as a botanic garden. By April of that year, the one-time mine and former landfill bloomed with more than 40,000 donated trees, shrubs, and other plants, officially completing its rebirth as the South Coast Botanic Garden.
Today, the garden's 87 acres of land support more than 200,000 plants representing more than 2,500 different species, including 100 extremely rare mature plant specimens and globe-spanning plants from Australia and Africa. The robust growth sprawls across several theme gardens, including a dry-soil cactus garden, a traditional Japanese garden sculpted around centuries-old stone lanterns, and a Mediterranean garden inspired by the sultanates of antiquity. The diverse plant life provides shelter for an equally diverse population of birds and bugs, with 200 avian species spotted each year, matching the 200 yearly squeals from grown men who encounter a particularly large beetle.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
If it has information on it, American Shredding's licensed, insured, and bonded staff probably can destroy it. The paper pros began shredding for IBM in 1982, and to this date still boast a record of never compromising or losing a piece of information. In addition to mobile and offsite paper shredding, they can pulverize other materials such as plastic, data tapes, and retail products. They also can destroy hard drives with a process that complies with Department of Defense and NSA regulations, instead of just dumping them into a perfectly good pot of beef stew. With a commitment to the environment, American Shredding recycles every piece of paper, metal, and plastic that it destroys.