Though employees sporting the Bug Avengers uniform could be referred to as exterminators or technicians, many see them as heroes. And for good reason: the team routinely rescues homeowners from perilous infestations such as termite colonies and mosquito nests. Rather than prescribing a general, one-size-fits-all solution, they assess the individual situation and recommend tailored attacks to the problems at hand, whether that means a full-scale fumigation or recommending a product from the local hardware store.
When ridding homes of pests, they strive to keep their services as environmentally-friendly as possible by limiting the chemicals they use and performing fixes such as sealing up critter entryways and recommending different food-storage solutions. They also perform complimentary termite inspections and during visits, they'll keep a lookout for potential moisture problems that could attract pests who can't resist a good pool party.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers to capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed backed by a strong, modern headboard covered with tufted upholstery that boasts the color of morning cappuccino but the flavor of tufted upholstery ($347 for a queen; $516 for a king). Taking home a Davenport nightstand means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills ($125). Home-office workers can perch glowing Internet portals atop a classic table desk, creating an imposing pedestal that distracts interning offspring from their demands for a salary ($400).
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s showroom. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of couch accents includes the Cubit ottoman with flip top ($129), which can give any room or teleportation chamber a hint of bold, contemporary style. A pair of Aaron accent chairs ($249 each) adds charm to dining-room décor with sleek upholstery and three available color options. Shoppers can relax weary limbs or perform their best opossum impersonation on a Kyle sofa ($449.99), and electronics can rest their legs on a Maribel media chest ($449).
Handcrafted by its nimble-fingered staff, Beadles’ voluminous selection of handmade jewelry began to burst the seams of the 1,500-square-foot Chelmsford store, prompting the launch of the newly minted Rockport location. The new location broadens Beadles’ epic spread of Swarovski crystals, acrylics, and kaleidoscopic glass, allowing browsers to purchase bauble ingredients by the piece or pre-assembled bracelets and necklaces. Crafters of all skill sets can put their purchases to use during free workshops or fashion their own custom creations during parties ideal for birthday girls, girl-scout troops, and newly chosen presidential nominees.
AdvancePro Carpet Cleaning emerged more than a quarter of a century ago as a result of the owners' dissatisfaction with the day’s carpet-cleaning procedures. To develop a more-sophisticated and thorough method of cleaning, they practiced various techniques on their own carpets. They concluded that much of the mildew in carpets comes from moisture, which originates in homes’ crawl spaces. As a result, AdvancePro technicians expunge dirt and stains from deep within fibers and also spend time in crawl spaces, where they track down sources of moisture that can draw mold, mildew, and parched dust bunnies to carpets.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.