The cleaning crews from Salmon Bay Window Cleaning spruce up windows, roofs, gutters, and façades with thorough cleaning processes. Armed with professional pressure washers, skilled teams blast away stubborn algae, mildew, and grime from decks and exteriors, rather than leaving passive-aggressive notes about hygiene on dirty surfaces. Technicians climb houses to expel leaves and inappropriate thoughts from the gutter or brush off buildup from rooftops, even applying protective zinc sulfate or liquid moss treatments. Window-washing treatments polish both sides of windowpanes with professional-grade equipment, letting light into living rooms while vanishing unsightly smudges left by farsighted birds.
Dizzy’s Tumblebuses both look like bright yellow school buses, yet they have never taken a kid to school. They don’t even have seats inside. Instead, their interiors are stocked with tumbling equipment, ball pits, and slides, and they make stops at schools, where they augment gym classes. These traveling fun-buses were invented by founder and mother of three, Dizzy, who has spent the last 10 years growing her company, trying to find parking spaces big enough for her buses, and testing out lesson plans with her own eager kids.
And in addition to the busses, Dizzy also created Dizzy’s Bus Stop, the company’s stationary facility. Despite its immobility, the facility hosts a bus structure inside that recreates the fun of the company’s popular Tumblebuses. Kids can clamber up a pint-size rock-climbing wall, jump on trampolines, and join in activities from dress-up to play dough sculpting. To accommodate a variety of little ones, the center offers drop-in day care, parent-supervised open play sessions, or preschool for tykes ages 2-5.
As the owners of the Bellevue franchise of Home Buddies, Jay and Gina Cornwall strive to give every client the same level of care that they would want for their own pets. To that end, they put their bonded and insured pet-sitters through an intensive training program, teaching them basic pet care through animal CPR and first aid. Able to serve a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, and horses, Home Buddies’ team offers basic services such as dog walks and waste removals, as well as pet-sits that range from 30-minute check-ins to overnight stays, even on major holidays except for Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Caretakers arrive at owners’ homes for complimentary consultations, where they meet pets and learn which in-home services would best help the client. To give owners added piece of mind, pet-sitters can setup live webcams. They also provide concierge services, such as picking up the mail and watering plants.
All Hi-Tech Heating & Air Conditioning carefully calibrates home-ventilation systems to reduce the risk of electrical fires and amp up energy efficiency. For a furnace tune-up, vent whisperers will coax dirty burners, motors, and drainpipes into cleanliness before feeding the sentient hamsters that run the fan belts. After checking the heat exchanger for cracks, technicians will test electrical wiring and gas connections, oil the fan motor, and check carbon-monoxide levels in the house and vent pipe.
The largest manufacturer and supplier of paints in the Pacific Northwest, Parker Paint enables new-hue-craving customers to roll and brush fresh coats of luscious pigments onto formerly drab and dreary household surfaces. To reinvent interiors, several options await including the semigloss Wall Glow ($34.27/gallon) and the Velva Kolor ($30.59/gallon), with a less-reflective eggshell finish. Parker Paint also carries a selection of weather-scoffing exterior paints, such as the flat-finish Flextron 100 ($33.03/gallon) to help homeowners paint a realistic yet unflattering outdoor mural of the neighbors.
The award-winning 425 magazine focuses on Eastside living, with content covering home and garden, design, and dining. Subscribers will sink their teeth into six glossy paper sandwiches filled with colorful spreads on local designers, writers, celebrities, and entrepreneurs. Frequent restaurant reviews include vivid color photography that can be cut out, pasted to cardboard, and arranged on the dining table for an elegant pretend-meal at home. Recent features include a piece about fashion with a Seattle Seahawks player and a close look at The Barking Frog, a hotel restaurant.