Right off Madeira Beach's pristine, sandy shores, Barefoot Beach Hotel houses guests in swank suites, some of which overlook the Gulf of Mexico. White sand stretches from the hotel to the water so that guests can make their way to the waves without walking atop long stretches of foot-searing cement or mastering the art of levitation. Boat owners, meanwhile, can jaunt quickly across the street to rent a slip for their seafaring vessels. After a long day of lazing in the sun or swimming in the onsite outdoor pool, guests can use the in-room kitchenettes—replete with dishware, microwaves, and mini fridges—to prepare a pleasant end-of-the-day meal.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
The algae adversaries at Splash Pool Service keep pools properly purified and prepped for ultraclean swims and soaks with effective pool-cleaning services. Algae buildup causes dirty water, pool staining, and, if left unchecked, a gelatinous blob that swallows up a pool owner's home before morphing into a question mark. During a cleaning service, which takes place every other week, professional pool techs calm the waters of residential swimming pools with all the necessary pH balancers, conditioners, and chlorine shocks to make pools fizz with Old Faithful–esque enthusiasm. At the end of the cleansing, formerly unattractive liquid cages glow with chemical beauty, ready to receive any belly flop or triple-back-flip can-opener combo without drenching the swimmer in slime.
Since 1959, the technicians at Rite-Way Ventilating Co. have brought their warm attitudes and wide-ranging expertise to area homes, providing air conditioning, heating, and plumbing services. When completing both repairs and installations, they advocate using energy-efficient machinery out of respect for the environment and customers' utility budgets. To the same eco-friendly end, they patch up ducts with the EPA-endorsed Aeroseal duct-repair system. This system is less invasive than traditional duct repair, saving energy and cost without sinking to such methods as sending a glue-covered intern crawling through them.
Employees invest in customer trust as well as the Earth's welfare—at each appointment, they discuss costs up front before tinkering with the pipework. Their written guarantee promises satisfaction with their work, not just that the equipment will function and will not come to life in their absence.
A-1 Resurfacing owner Pete Miglioranzi is a jack-of-all-trades, but he disproves the “master of none” portion of the old saying. A decorated veteran with three degrees and expertise in various occupations, he also possesses decades of experience in restoring the function and appearance of tubs, counters, sinks, and tile. He approaches each project with a meticulous 12-step process that ends with a careful cleaning of the work area. Stains, cracks in tubs or shower bottoms, and chips in counters are just a few of their specialties.
Founded in 1842, Zoppé Family Circus draws on old-world Italy’s circus tradition, amazing audiences of all ages with story-driven feats of clowning, acrobatics, and animal training in an intimate 500-seat tent. The performance, which Coast Views magazine lauds as “pure tradition, pure artistry and pure delight!” stars Nino the clown and a supporting cast of acrobats, equestrians, and capering canines, whose training allows them to simultaneously fetch newspapers and shred shoes. Live musicians play rousing tunes as fire-breathers blow flames, gymnasts contort, juggling pins fly, and equestrians leap effortlessly onto horseback. Acrobats twirl on towering trapezes and costumed clowns interact with and offer unwanted makeup advice to the audience. Parking is plentiful, with spaces available across the street for $3 a car.