The licensed and insured techs of Luxury Cleaning Services can handle any surface you throw at them, though it’s still considered rude to literally throw surfaces at people. The materials they’ve been known to clean and maintain include granite floors, marble tiles, and stainless steel. The special care they take on these tricky textures is only one specialty; they also vacuum carpets, wash windows, clean ovens, and even purge pantries of expired items.
Helmed by nature photographers Elizabeth and Olof Carmel, the newly expanded, 2,600-square-foot gallery showcases vivid landscape compositions, dramatic panoramas, and crisp still-lifes. Pair the sublime color and unmatched tonal range of Elizabeth's images—which have been featured in outlets including Sierra magazine—with poetry from the likes of John Updike and Richard Wilbur in Brilliant Waters ($49.95), a 104-page book ideal for coffee-table display. Calendars containing Olof's scenic depictions of the Sierra Nevada mountains ($16.95) can help repressed naturalists find peace amid drab cubicles, whereas the glossy, picturesque images on the front of 5"x7" notecards ($9.95) divert attention from the Days of Our Lives fan fiction scribbled inside. More devoted photo fans can vanquish blank wall-space with fine-art prints that range from 10"x15" to 6'x10' ($50–$1,000 and up; individuals can use up to 10 Groupons toward one purchase). The prints are available framed, unframed, or mounted on stretched canvas, and they exclusively employ museum-quality archival inks that, like most moustache dyes, remain fade-resistant for 80 to 100 years.
At Shannon’s Personalized Home Cleaning, technicians free up time and energy by expediting traditional household chores. Shannon’s matches a single cleaner with each home, so the same technician can learn the most efficient and effective way to finish the job. Cleaners also work through a list of services compiled by the homeowner as they evict filth from hallways, kitchen counters, and bathrooms.