Spic N Span Carpet Cleaning Inc. revitalizes the home?s hardest working surfaces with the surging, superheated power of pressurized water. Truck-mounted machines inject and extract water from fibers of carpet or upholstery, whisking away stains without the use of petrochemicals, toxic solvents, or detergents. Technicians also tackle tile and grout cleaning and emergency flood restoration, and are especially adept at removing blemishes caused by food, wine, or dogs that spent the afternoon wallowing in a tar pit.
Founded in 1978 as a single modest window-washing business, Fish Window Cleaning now dispatches uniformed technicians who can be spotted toiling atop ladders in 40 states nationwide. The company has earned numerous accolades along the way, including a spot on Entrepreneur magazine's 2010 list of Top 500 Franchises, as its staff continues to dutifully destreak windows, skylights, and human-size terrariums from the inside out. From their bird's-eye vantage point, the techs also unclog gutters, flush out downspouts, and clean chandeliers to a sparkling finish.
Serving more than 30,000 clients across Virginia and Maryland annually, Southern Pest Control was ranked as the 25th largest company of its kind in the Southeast by Pest Control Technology magazine. From bugs such as ants and roaches to rodents such as rats and gremlins, the pest-removal crews arrive on the hour to avoid customers waiting all day for their appointments. The treatments can rid homes of termites or protect pets from fleas, ticks, and fire ants dwelling in backyards. Southern Pest Control?s Service When You Need It contracts cut down on unnecessary chemical application and expenses by performing annual inspections and treating problems only when infestations occur. To further its commitment toward cutting down on waste, Southern Pest Control works to reduce its paper consumption by 90% through a paperless customer-contact system and by arming techs with hand-held slate tablets.
Shortly after decorative painter Michael James graduated from high school, he crossed the Atlantic to head for Europe. While overseas, he learned from the old masters, studying art for one year and taking on projects that would inform his development as a professional, such as renovating a 19th century farmhouse and painting a moustache on the Mona Lisa. In 1998, after returning to the States, he started his own company, rendering services such as interior painting, custom color, brick fireplace makeovers, and wood graining for homes and offices across the country. His efforts have landed him in a number of renowned media outlets: he’s worked on projects featured on Oprah, his fine art decorative tiles were featured in Bliss magazine, and he’s been named a winner at the Parade of Homes.
Feathernesters' proprietors, Marc Goswick and Tony Turner, scour their local farmers' market for fresh produce and eggs they transform into elegant spreads that have earned praise from RVANews. Marc, an avid gardener and cook, draws on homegrown recipes handed down from his mother and grandmother to craft the tasty creations found in Feathernesters' bakery. Among these creations, the signature buttermilk pie reigns supreme, earning a mention in Richmond magazine for the care Marc takes when making each pie fresh by hand every morning.
During afternoon tea, fingers emerge from their bowling-ball hiding places to pluck sandwiches and fresh scones from a two-tiered tea tray as loose-leaf tea blends steep in personal pots, peppering the air with floral aromas. Brunch in the tearoom plays host to a smorgasbord of all-you-can-eat goodies, including baked Virginia apples with cinnamon and brown sugar, seasonal fruit, and Southern cheese grits. After meals, patrons can peruse Feathernesters’ 5,000-square-foot shop laden with vintage jewelry, handmade folk art, and hand-painted furniture arranged in displays designed by Tony. Marc and Tony also welcome parties to the tearoom, with events for all occasions from bridal and baby showers to tea parties for children aged 5–10 and child-sized cornhusk dolls.