Joshua Baxter was born to move. As a child he was so entrenched in his family's auction business that when Joshua was 16, his father pulled him aside and told him it was time to take an active role. So, Joshua took his driver's test in the truck the family used to pick up merchandise, and at 19 he bought his own truck, handling the transportation of the often-valuable antiques. That skill and preternatural understanding of merchandise transportation led to the birth of Here To There Movers. Now, Joshua has trucks headquartered in five Midwest cities.
Here To There Movers' technicians know that the transport of belongings from one abode to another is one of life's most stressful affairs, even more than interviewing for a position at the local bomb diffusery. The licensed and insured staff can arrive at a moment's notice, equipped to handle bookshelves, boxes, and pianos. Here To There provides a frequently asked questions page and moving tips for the befuddled house-swapper or recreational vagrant.
With facilities open 24 hours a day, the Dayton Squash Center is dedicated entirely to the sport of squash. Club manager and certified coach Janet Carlson, along with Squash Professional Adnan Gul, help visitors of all skill levels hone their play technique in adult or youth training clinics held on the center's five ASB International regulation squash courts. All-access memberships and events, which include round-robin-style open play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, help guests delve further into the sport.
Steam-powered technology might often be viewed as a thing of the past, but the technicians at Howard's Steam Clean use it daily to clean carpets and upholstery in modern homes. They use a truck-mounted system to force dirt, allergens, and soil out of fibers, instantly vacuuming away the resulting dirty water into a holding tank so the pollutants don't wind up back in the air. They employ similarly large machinery on tiles and grout, using heat and water pressure to scrape away stains that might otherwise be permanent. They also offer window-cleaning services, scrubbing panes inside and out so that passersby can see how clean the carpets inside are.
Knickerbocker Gallery is a family-owned showroom whose copious inventory of furniture and home-decorating accessories has been used to furnish upscale home showcases such as Homearama. Empty space and wall safes containing rare sandwiches can be covered with framed prints ($49–$389) displaying such artful imagery as cups of espresso ($49), sun-dappled wine fields ($63), and reclining nudes of famous yetis (bidding starts at $500,000). Table lamps (starting at $29) and buffet lamps (starting at $59) will bring less spooky luminescence into any enclosure than a common candelabra. Fouled fowls and mud-wrestling squirrels, meanwhile, can wash up in an exquisite iron birdbath ($49). The Knickerbocker showroom also features a large variety of resplendent woodcraft dining room, office, and bedroom pieces.
The Floor Doctor's techs refinish hardwood floors with Bona power scrubbers and biodegradable products emblazoned with the Greenguard seal of approval. In addition to reducing downstream pollution, their eco-friendly approach protects people and pets from the toxic fumes that typically force inhabitants outside, where giant mutant bugs are waiting. After they finish buffing floorboards, techs slather them with a polyurethane topcoat available in a satin, semigloss, or high gloss finish that can last up to seven years. In addition to polishing timber, they repair and install floors by replacing damaged planks or laying down new unfinished or prefinished boards.
Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants—such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors—shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.