As children, many kids spend their days mowing lawns to supplement their allowances. Brothers Ben and Brian Marsh carried their grass-tending ways over to adulthood, and they now spend their days professionally beautifying lawns with full-service landscaping and maintenance services. All year long, customers can call on the duo for anything from routine mowing and edging to lawn aeration and fertilization. In preparation for spring, they take up special projects of hiding garden gnomes from nearsighted owls. The Marsh brothers can work up customizable contracts to help their clients' lawns look lush all year long.
The friendly bloom bearers at George K. Walker Florist have embellished special occasions with fresh, colorful floral arrangements for almost 40 years. The FTD orchid trio ($50.99+) croon a floral-scented lullaby from their perches in three 4-inch ceramic vases, and the yellow lily, yellow roses, and other sunshine-colored blossoms in an FTD Flourishing Garden basket ($49.99+) can cheer up a morose coffee table still moping over its argument with the living-room couch. Alternatively, opt for a special-occasion package, such as an FTD birthday bouquet ($55.99+) bursting with gerbera daisies or an FTD Big Hug bouquet ($50.99+) that greets newborns with a vase of pillowy purple lisianthus grasped by a fuzzy 6-inch stuffed bear.
Sharing an expansive facility with the NC Art & Antiques Mall, Dynasty Furniture provides homes for dozens of foam mattresses and box springs in four different sizes. Shoppers can browse through a variety of snooze pads, including twin Sleep EZ II sets ($329) and full Energie Series sets ($488), to find the ideal mattress for deep slumbers and bounce parties for off-the-clock sheep. Designed for household nobility, the Balance extrafirm queen ($799) or king set ($999) facilitate royal rests with spacious mattresses that boast 2 inches of extra firm foam. Dynasty Furniture's staff invites customers to stroll around the facility and "test rest" any product by lying down atop the mattress for 10 minutes and have one-sided conversations with a bedside teddy bear.
Triad Pest Control’s technicians have protected homes from pests and rodents for more than 25 years. Wielding organic, green products, they work with clients to develop integrated pest-management solutions that can stave off myriad pests and creepy crawlies such as ants, spiders, crickets, fleas, earwigs, roaches, rats, and mice. Their services also extend to shield against yellow jackets, bees, and hornets, and their mosquito treatments help protect families from annoying mosquitos and their accompanying dangers, such as West Nile virus.