Between partner-based exercises and the inspirational commands of a certified personal trainer, community is a constant motivator during EmpowerFIT’s boot-camp classes. The savvy team of fitness gurus switch up the maneuvers of each daily class to help keep students engaged, and high- and low-impact variations of each move scale to the abilities of each student. The result is a full-body workout that relies on functional movements such as jumping, running, pushing, pulling, and bopping it.
Mrs. Carpet and Mr. Duct's founder was working for another company, he realized he could give more attention, care, and dedication to his customers if he started his own business. So that's exactly what he did. Today, he and his crews travel to homes in several different states to clean and rid the supply airduct system of dangerous substances people breathe, steam-clean carpets with truck-mounted equipment, scrub tile floors clean with rotary brushes, and clear hazardous clogs out of dryer vents. Despite his fancy title and the crown and scepter that comes with it, he still likes to get his hands dirty doing the actual work of housecleaning. "I love my job," he says. "[I love] meeting people, children, [and] pets, and knowing I am helping them breathe healthier air after I complete my work."
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 25–50
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: clean all air ducts, inspect dryer vent
Pro Tip: Every 3 to 5 years the air duct system should be cleaned to protect the health of the people
To the art designers at S.F. Framing, picture frames should do more than simply encase art, photos, and posters. They believe they should complement decor as well. At S.F. Framing, more than 1,200 mouldings suit all sorts of aesthetic styles, from sleek, metal frames for posters to wood frames embossed with intricate gold leafing for traditional art prints and ancestor's mug shots. They also believe that frames should offer protection and draw from more than 40 years of shared experience as they armor precious objects in museum-quality frames. This archival process uses premium materials, including acid-free paper, UV-blocking glass, and framing-grade acrylic, maintaining items in mint condition for years of display. As a bonus, some of the brands on hand have earned the approval of the Forest Stewardship Council, and some actively support reforestation programs or use reclaimed wood.
On-call 24 hours a day, Fresh Service’s teams spring into action when the phone rings, arriving within an hour at homes afflicted by water damage. Their industrial-size pumps, blowers, and dehumidifiers oust water from floods to prevent mold and salvage as much furniture as possible.
Fresh Service can brighten homes in nonemergencies, too. The service specializes in eco-friendly carpet treatments, steam cleaning floor coverings with powerful truck-mounted technology, rather than its weaker Tonka-truck-mounted competition. Techs can also clean rugs, tailoring their ministrations to each one’s unique weave, fibers, and dyes. The company’s mobile detailing service, meanwhile, cleans cars parked in participating lots, lifting the microscratches and sediment that dull their shine.
The team at Great Maids has noticed that many companies get houses suitably clean but neglect other unpopular chores, such as laundry and ironing. That’s why its trained, uniformed, and insured staffers have baked these services into their comprehensive roster of cleaning duties. They not only restore sparkle to houses but also wash, fold, and iron clients’ clothing upon request. Dedicated to customer satisfaction, they stand behind their cleaning services with a written guarantee.