The seasoned craftsmen and designers at Santa Barbara Frame Shop & Gallery take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their forms?from artworks and diplomas to posters and dog-eared time-share brochures. They draw on a selection of hundreds of frames, selecting one to match your keepsake before enhancing it with a precision-cut mat and non-glare glass. As a testament to the framers? acumen, walls throughout the shop showcase local artists' paintings, serigraphs, and photos, each fitted within its own regal frame.
GolfTEC's thirteen locations in the Los Angeles area, all staffed by experienced golfing professionals and computers who?ve sworn allegiance to the Three Laws of golfing robotics. Motion sensors and high-speed cameras monitor your swing and break down your form on a high-definition video display. GolfTEC?s certified teaching professionals point out your flaws, strengths, and coach you on how to permanently improve your game, from tee to green. Sensors chirp with approval when you?ve executed a perfect stroke or cracked an especially witty golfing joke.
Licensed and insured exterminator Gabe from Riviera Pest Control wields an arsenal of low-toxicity products in his fight against household scourges such as bees, rats, spiders, and cockroaches. His approach effectively kills off infestations of these common annoyances, while stopping short of causing harm to children, pets, and the environment. Common measures include interior treatments of those spots most likely to harbor the uninvited critters, as well as the perimeter treatment, which establishes an anti-insect chemical barrier around the exterior of the home.
Value Added Building's licensed and insured techs draw on 15 years of experience as they nurture edifices by cleaning, repairing, and installing new roofs and gutters. To reduce energy costs, crews install metal roofs, which are comprised of recycled materials with a high-tech coating that reflects the sun and makes birds put on a little makeup for once. When they aren't tending to the tops of homes, they spruce up fa?ades and placate city codes by removing unsightly graffiti.
SolarCity has found that when you make a solar power system as free as the sunshine that fuels it, people notice. By removing the biggest roadblock for most people—installation of the panels is free, so you only pay for the power they generate—SolarCity estimates that it converts a new person to solar energy every three minutes. Walmart, eBay, and Intel have also taken notice; they're a few of SolarCity's business clients. Fortune recently ranked SolarCity's founders No. 3 on its list of The World's Top 25 Eco-Innovators (its chairman, Elon Musk, was No. 1), and the Stevie Awards presented the company with a gold award for its customer service.
The SolarCity team fields everything from customizing the design of each energy system to securing permits to jingling their keys until the sun looks their way. All its customers need to do is provide a roof (typically the one that came with their home) and flip the switch. The ease of use extends through the lifetime of the contract. Energy rates are predictable and immune to volatile market rates. SolarCity continuously monitors your system to ensure that it's online. All repairs are covered at no added cost if anything goes wrong.
Besides lowering energy bills, solar power has a major positive impact on the environment. The average solar-powered three-bedroom home offsets the carbon dioxide equivalent of driving a car 125,000 miles, according to data collected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For 10 years, Shoreline Pest Control’s bug-squashing technicians have been bravely standing up to termites, spiders, and other types of vermin with a comprehensive five-step elimination process. Technicians start by inspecting suspected areas of infestation, removing the pests’ food source, and identifying points of entry such as cracks, crevices, and microscopic doggy doors. Then professional-grade pesticides are applied conservatively in doses designed to be as people and pet friendly as possible. A follow-up monitoring program sees the techs returning to ensure home conditions are kept as unwelcoming as possible for creepy-crawly squatters. In addition to keeping indoor and outdoor areas free of infestation, Shoreline manages its own team of carpenters that specializes in repairing wood damaged by termites and fungus.