Eager to assist home-improvement and upkeep projects, neatly arranged drills, garden hoses, paintbrushes, and other hardware sundries populate the shelves at family-owned Avalon Hardware. Stacks of mulch team up with rakes and watering cans to keep landscapes lush but tidy, and fluorescent light bulbs promise to emit steady, more sustainable light in homes. Customers can also swing by to grab gallons of PPG Porter paint, which staffers mix to exact specifications after a small sacrifice of crayons to a prism spirit.
Landscape Design, Installation and Maintenance. Plant, Tree and Palm broker. Irrigation repairs and installation. Everything associated with the landscape appearance and health.
Mid-Florida Pest Management has honed the craft of rodent and bug removal since its inception in 1993. Licensed and insured technicians eliminate spiders, silverfish, and cockroaches from homes and businesses, and specialize in the removal of particularly bothersome pests such as fire ants, wasps, and bees that constantly buzz the theme song to Friends.
The chromatic champions at Color Wheel Paint dispense distinctive pigmentations in more than 1,600 colors, along with providing the necessary tools to complete any painting project. Coat abashedly naked walls with a gallon of flat Hi-Hide interior paint ($19.86/gallon) or Optima Satin Supreme ($31.73/gallon), which can colorize anything from bedroom walls to the picket fence marking the boundary of your office's cubicles. Drab exteriors receive a tinting treatment with a gallon of Tropicoat 100% Acrylic Latex Paint ($30.65/gallon), primed with a coating of Quick Cure Acrylic Conditioner ($25.16/gallon), ideal for previously painted surfaces. Home tidiers can also aid the spreading process with Master Choice tools, such as the Klondike 3-inch angle sash brush ($14.72), with a soft bristle for ticklish walls, and the 12'x15' canvas drop cloth ($20.43).
The licensed pest-control technicians from Florida Pest & Lawn shoo away a wide range of critters such as termites, bedbugs, ants, or rodents from inside and outside homes. The pest-control team takes its orders from Richie Kidwell, an industry veteran who learned from his father Fred, also a pest-control specialist, that bugs require more stern evacuation measures than a polite cough or a cease-and-desist letter. On each visit, a team member makes sure that no bug slips through cracks by performing treatments on both the interior and exterior of the home, inspecting and spraying popular pest hangouts such as around appliances, bathroom fixtures, windows, and garbage cans. To ensure that colonies don’t return, the technician also sprays a six-foot barrier around the home’s exterior, which effectively keeps all but 6’1” bugs at bay.
In addition to their pest banishing specialty, the team trims and cares for lawns and shrubs to keep yards healthy and verdant, wielding environmentally friendly products to fertilize plants or snuff out unwanted weeds.
Gwen Willhite founded Cookies by Design in 1983, when an unsatisfying brainstorming session about gift ideas led her to ponder one question: why should flowers and sweets remain separate? Her solution was to design the cookie bouquet, where custom, hand-decorated cookies are displayed on sticks and arranged like flowers in gift baskets. Her invention quickly became a popular gift among locals, particularly those allergic to real blooms or too bashful to look at naked cookies.
Twenty-five years later, there are more than 200 Cookies by Design locations across the country. Each shop's team of bakers creates cookie baskets with a degree of care that matches Willhite's original vision, decorating and arranging sweet shapes for birthdays, holidays, and any other special occasion.
A landscaper since age 17, Tom Hill applies decades of experience at Hoffner Nursery, his landscaping company and greenery emporium, as he beautifies homes and businesses alike. Hoffner’s services run the gamut from garden design to outdoor-fireplace installation to sculpting shrubs into the shape of Swamp Thing. Professional lighting services allow homeowners to make full use of their lawns at night, whereas paving helps make yard areas more accessible. Additionally, Hoffner Nursery stockpiles many lovely and useful greens, such as rose bushes and mint.
Cee 2 Cee’s team of technicians keeps yards well groomed, perfuming area homes with the welcoming aroma of freshly cut grass. Armed with upwards of 15 years of experience, the crew deploys a fleet of ride-on and self-propelled mowers to trim overgrown greens, before resolving neighborhood border disputes via sidewalk edging and zip trimming services. Along with doling out buzz cuts to unruly yards, Cee 2 Cee’s team further beautifies home exteriors thanks to services such as shrub trimming, general mulching, small tree pruning, and mani-pedis for hardworking garden gnomes.
Since 2006, the technicians at Everblue Pool Services have turned pools from green to clean using chemicals and tidying techniques. From resurrecting broken pipes to fetching sunken sea-monkey tridents, their biweekly visits ensure safe and spotless swimming waters.
The seasoned technicians at Sams Gas efficiently refill 20-pound propane tanks, perfectly designed for gas grills. Whether customers own their own propane reservoirs or buy one from Sams, a technician will fill it to the brim with fresh-from-the-farm propane gas, lauded for being nontoxic and having minimal effect on the environment or the indigenous dryer-sheet trees that spring up in lint filters.
For more than 25 years, the Festival of Orchestras has attracted internationally renowned symphony orchestras to fill central Florida with the crashing thunder of brass instruments and the melodious vibrations of strings. Hearken to the harmonious reverberations of the German State Philharmonic, playing its first U.S. tour and featuring conductor Philippe Entremont, whose enigmatic conducting style has inspired musicians and accidentally opened intergalactic wormholes. With this deal, you'll get to witness the orchestra at Longwood's Northland Performing Arts Center, called a "music lover's dream" by the Orlando Sentinel for its wide seats and warm acoustics. The program includes a sweeping performance of historically moving pieces, including Weber's Oberon Overture, a piano concerto by Mozart, and Mahler's Symphony no. 4. Call 407-539-0245 to reserve spots for a free optional pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Ants, roaches and spiders are just a few of the pests that Drake Termite & Pest Control's technicians evict from indoor and outdoor areas. Drawing on 40 years of combined experience, they use environmentally friendly techniques and carefully hide pest-control products away from pets and children. As an added assurance, they back their work with a money-back guarantee.
Part of a national organization originally founded to emphasize agricultural education, Orange County 4-H now supports young people with developmental programs to help them achieve their full potential in a variety of areas. 4-H programs engage more than 900 youth in Orange County in a range of activities, including robotics, public speaking, horseback riding, and gardening.
When pests invade homes, Bug Brigade's technicians are never far behind with the latest insect-evicting baits, sprays, and traps. The specialists perform field trial studies for DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, and other companies, helping staffers learn the latest approaches in ousting infestation. Using these methods, the company evicts annoying critters such as roaches, termites, mice, ants, and curse-word-weaving spiders from homes through services they provide in recurring or one-time visits. As a testament to its focus on the community, the locally owned company also loans its time pro bono to the Seminole County Sheriff Department's Division of Children and Family Services to ensure pest-free environments for children in need.
Turfmaster’s lawn care technicians are experts when it comes to Florida grasses. Since 1994, the flora pros have undergone extensive training to ensure they can properly diagnose yellowing blades or bald spots. They customize every bout of lawn care to target specific maladies—such as insect, weed, or minor disease control—and take into consideration the time of year and migration patterns of garden gnomes. All of their applications are backed by a 30-day guarantee and free service calls.