The seasoned craftsmen and designers at Santa Barbara Frame Shop & Gallery take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their forms?from artworks and diplomas to posters and dog-eared time-share brochures. They draw on a selection of hundreds of frames, selecting one to match your keepsake before enhancing it with a precision-cut mat and non-glare glass. As a testament to the framers? acumen, walls throughout the shop showcase local artists' paintings, serigraphs, and photos, each fitted within its own regal frame.
Licensed, bonded, and insured, the highly trained cleaners of Karen’s Kleaning oust the filth that occupies homes with a litany of housecleaning services. Whether residents call upon one cleaner for two hours or two cleaners for one hour, Karen's techs spruce up interiors with Green Seal–certified cleaning products that have lower environmental impact than chemical sprays or coal-lump Brillo Pads. The basic cleaning services range from mopping and vacuuming the floors and ceilings to dusting the furniture and wiping down kitchens and bathrooms. Karen's Kleaning guarantees the work of its grime fighters, and will return to finish the job if a client is not satisfied or if a newly waxed countertop begins to outshine tinfoil silhouettes of Julia Child. Homeowners can hire the cleaners for more than two hours for $33 per hour per cleaner.
At Futon Place, a showroom of classic wooden futons and beds invites visitors to settle in and imagine their guest room, studio apartment, or living room reinvented. As the name suggests, the shop specializes in futons, each crafted from hardwoods, such as oak, mahogany, and teak, and available in styles ranging from modern to rustic. Pillows and futon covers also accommodate almost any home decor, encompassing chic solid hues, ornate paisley patterns, bold animal prints, and preppy checks. Futon Place takes pride in its easy-assembly system, which comes with clear instructions and requires only everyday tools such as screwdrivers and bulldozers.
In 1978, Mike Merrick left a seven-year banking career to start Fish Window Cleaning. Soon after the successful campaign took off, he began to expand and buy other window-cleaning companies. Today, the company operates from more than 220 locations, dispatching uniformed technicians to clean dirt or daredevil bugs from windows and skylights. They also clear debris from gutters and clean indoor surfaces that range from ceiling fans to chandeliers.
Licensed and insured exterminator Gabe from Riviera Pest Control wields an arsenal of low-toxicity products in his fight against household scourges such as bees, rats, spiders, and cockroaches. His approach effectively kills off infestations of these common annoyances, while stopping short of causing harm to children, pets, and the environment. Common measures include interior treatments of those spots most likely to harbor the uninvited critters, as well as the perimeter treatment, which establishes an anti-insect chemical barrier around the exterior of the home.
Value Added Building's licensed and insured techs draw on 15 years of experience as they nurture edifices by cleaning, repairing, and installing new roofs and gutters. To reduce energy costs, crews install metal roofs, which are comprised of recycled materials with a high-tech coating that reflects the sun and makes birds put on a little makeup for once. When they aren't tending to the tops of homes, they spruce up façades and placate city codes by removing unsightly graffiti.