The trio of seasoned tour guides understands that being a guide is more than just being able to carry a microphone and CDL driver’s license with style. Being a guide is a great responsibility; it means safeguarding history and passing its great secrets and wisdoms on to others. Whether visiting DC’s iconic structures and memorials in the daylight or evening, they passionately share the stories of the individuals, ideals, and food-based dares that shaped the United States into what it is today. Fueled by the realization that planning a trip to the nation’s capital may be a once in a lifetime experience for some people, they put extra effort into ensuring that experience is as memorable as possible, leading all of their tours in a luxurious 2012 Mercedes bus.
BB & Co. Construction takes all the cons out of construction with its fully licensed staff of insured contractors. Clients can solicit BB for interior or exterior painting or request more complicated tasks such as carpentry, plumbing, or sneaking a 6-foot party sub into a movie theater. When not rehabbing homes, BB contributes its materials and services to such charitable organizations as Toys for Tots and Children's Hospital.
True Value stocks shelves with tools, garden supplies, and other home-improving products for a plethora of abode augmentations. Barricade backyards against swing-set hogs with cedar espalier trellises, which train bushes to create protective walls ($17.99). Devoted DIYers can grab 32-ounce ball pein hammers ($20.99) to bang together scaffolding or use telescopic hedge shears ($29.99) to re-shape shrubbery into leafy, larger-than-life busts of Millard Fillmore. Or, acquire several solar-powered garden lights ($6.49 each) and fuse them together to form attractive, eco-friendly hanging lanterns.
The word oikos means “house” in ancient Greek, a fitting namesake for Oiko Systems, LLC, whose coowner Nikos is a 4th-generation contractor and native Greek himself. While Nikos’s family tends to a museum standing amid the ancient battleground of Thermopylae, he and coowner Maria ensure modern houses stand the test of time through home-improvement and remodeling services. The insured technicians specialize in everything from basement finishing and drywall installation to painting rooms to cover crayon renditions of The School of Athens by precocious toddlers.
Ski Chalet proffers the latest in snow-slicing technology with professional in-shop services and top-flight gear. Prep your skis for mountain season with a thorough tune-up, which delights snow gliders with an indulgent stone grind, bevel, and hot-wax treatment before whispering inspirational quotes in their ears and sending them back to the slopes. Lift loafers can peruse skis, boots, bindings, and poles in the pro shop, or they can complete a preexisting mountain-defeating arsenal with protective wear like GoreTex-laced gloves ($64.95) or ear warmers ($30). Newer skiers can count on friendly, helpful service to pair them with appropriate equipment.