On the end of a paintbrush, all colors are equal. Crossfire Painting's licensed and insured teams don't hesitate to pick up a brush at a client's request and slather walls with pastel pinks, vibrant blues, or soothing tans. To ensure each customer gets just the right color, the staff will often provide a link to Valspar Paint's official color selector, where clients can upload photos of their own homes and virtually paint the walls. After a color has been chosen, the crews arrive with paint in hand to quickly liven up a room, eliminating the need to hire a mariachi band to periodically burst out of your closet.
True Friends Moving Company owner Chris Knowles knows that it takes strong muscles to lift hefty furniture. That's why he gives each of his licensed, ensured moving specialists a gym membership, encouraging them to stay fit. Muscle power isn't the only perk the company offers: they also pad and shrink-wrap delicate items, reassemble dismantled furniture, and reconnect appliances in new locations for no additional fee.
At age 13, the owner of Southern Elite Moving and Home Delivery was already helping his uncle haul furniture in his semi as a summer job. He eventually earned his moving license and became a full-time employee of United Van Lines, driving tractor-trailers full of goods across the country for more than a decade. "I decided to come off the road and start my own company,” he says, “because I heard so many horror stories of people using smaller moving companies … that have no professional experience."
These days, Southern Elite’s two-man crews tackle local moves with the same care and professionalism you’d expect from a full-scale, cross-country relocation. They use floor protection on all moves, and wrap furniture in blankets at no additional charge. Clients’ belongings are transported safely from old homes to new with an efficiency that only comes with years of practice.
Jerry’s stocks its brightly colored creative haven with premium and hard-to-find materials for artists in virtually every medium. Enjoy all of turpentine’s paint-thinning properties without risking an unpleasant nostril mugging with Weber odorless Turpenoid ($23.99/gallon), or give drab standardized tests a much-needed splash of color with a set of 12 Prismacolor colored pencils ($11.88). Winton oil paints (starting at $3.13 for 37 ml) turn blank canvasses into color-dappled eye magnets, while 11”x14” Canson Biggie sketch pads ($6.15) and Strathmore 400 series 9”x12” drawing pads ($3.58) serve as convenient alternatives to doodling on the faces of fellow commuters.
As the point pest control man for JDC Pest Control, Carlus Sanders brings in more than a decade of experience every time he frees a structure from the scourge of ants, termites, cockroaches, rats, and other nuisances. Part of an insured, family-run business, Carlus and his cohorts shoo away all manner uninvited guests from both homes and offices, whether its bed bugs laying siege to a place of rest or spiders treating a dreamcatcher like an exotic vacation home. The outfit also handles larger annoyances, banishing such vermin as rats, mice, and skunks.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book-club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of sofas ($299+) make symbiotic pairs with night stands and side tables (available for under $100). Augment somnolence and fill the skeletal squares of empty bed frames with mattress sets from household brands such as Simmons and Ashley's own Ashley Sleep.