In 1971, Michael Sowers taught himself how to throw clay in a high-school art class. The classroom had a functioning pottery wheel, but the instructor didn't know how to use it, so Michael began checking out instructional books from the library to support his fledgling interest.
Ever since, he's been molding masses of clay into plates and vessels, preserving their shapes with the heat of a 2,350-degree kiln. His work is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing—subtly hued french butter dishes hold a quarter pound of butter in water, keeping it fresh for up to a month, and grater plates come equipped with a built-in shredder for garlic, ginger, parmesan cheese, or CIA documents. Sowers seals each piece with a lead-free glaze used by potters since the time of the Ming dynasty, ensuring that customers can safely send his pottery through a dishwasher or heat them in a microwave or oven.
Prague-born Filip Vogelpohl kindled his passion for glass blowing within his Boise home garage. As his knack for flame-working increased, Vogelpohl left the garage and traveled the world, honing his craft under the tutelage of internationally renowned glass blowers. Now, Vogelpohl welcomes fledgling glass blowers into his studio for small group classes. He also invites spectators to watch the studio's artists as they shape molten glass and borosilicate into jewelry or vases, which then go up for sale in the gallery. On the first Thursday of every month, the furnaces keep firing until 9 p.m. during free glass-blowing demonstrations as a part of the First Thursday Art Walk.
Synergy Fitness and Spa's attentive staff pampers the feet of client duos in side-by-side pedicures that leave pavement pounders buffed, moisturized, and artfully adorned with fresh coats of polish. The spa allows guests to bring their own bottles of wine from which to sip during the service, during which friends, couples, or rival cola-company executives sit back and relax for 45–60 minutes of feet-beautifying attention. Technicians spruce up nails and tidy cuticles before administering a sugar-scrub exfoliation and relaxing massage. After a moisturizing paraffin treatment, digit decorators then polish nails in the patrons' desired hues to match favorite colors or tie-dyed wedding gowns. Patrons receive these ministrations while perched on comfy, side-by-side European Touch thrones.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
A multiservice home-maintenance provider, Brilliant Services grew out of owner Kris Nevers's experiences with many one-dimensional service providers who had long lists of tasks they don't do. As a result, Brilliant Services' carefully screened employees and approved vendors perform nearly all major property-maintenance tasks from cleaning to remodeling and handyman work. The company is also a DBE-certified woman-owned business with a special emphasis on social responsibility and environmentally sustainable practices that include the use of green cleaning solutions and attachment of solar panels to the family minivan.
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Same Day Electric is focused exclusively on electrical service and electric repair.
We don't do new construction! Zip, Nada. None.
We take care of the rinky-dink electric jobs that most electrical contractors don't want to mess with.
If you need an electrician in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Eagle areas, we are here to help!
Ecohomes utilizes in-depth knowledge of building science to help homeowners navigate the tricky waters of energy efficiency. With a home-energy evaluation, a crack team of certified advisers will inspect, test, safety-check, and evaluate the components of each house to find ways to increase comfort and reduce utility bills. Applying scientific principles and using sophisticated diagnostics, advisers treat the house as an integrated system, not as a grotesque Frankenhouse of separate, mismatched air-conditioning units, windows, and a weird, lurching gait. The advisers will provide a list of options and costs for an all-in-one solution that takes care of permits and construction. Homeowners are under no obligation to pursue the recommendations, though potential home-energy reduction averages 30%–50%.
When Dr. Andrew L. Rostenberg isn’t practicing natural health, he is living it—he can often be found hiking in the mountains, rock climbing, reading, and practicing yoga. In his office at Red Mountain Natural Medicine, he draws from specialty training in advanced fields such as chiropractic kinesiology and clinical nutrition to engage clients in a holistic, noninvasive approach to health care. He adjusts clients’ spinal alignment during chiropractic care, diagnoses their conditions using applied kinesiology, and rehabilitates injuries with therapeutic exercises and equipment. He also supplies clients with science-based nutrition formulas designed to promote metabolic health or clear up any moss growing on their north sides.
A self-described lifelong learner, Dr. Rostenberg attends regular natural-health workshops and stays abreast of current medical research. His studies and techniques help him treat conditions ranging from food allergies and low blood sugar to fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, and depression.
In order to care for all kinds of electronic gadgetry, Gaduru selects enthusiastic and personable individuals to earn their coveted title of “gadget guru." These experts tap into their knowledge of navigating operating systems and replacing broken components to keep cell phones, tablets, and gaming systems in tip-top shape. They carry an extensive collection of accessories, chargers, and protective cases, and they can usually perform repairs in 24 hours or fewer. Repair services range from salvaging water-damaged cells to fixing cracked screens in order to keep the tiny, glowing fairies inside your phone from escaping. Master technicians also sell gently used and refurbished cell phones, along with contract-free phones starting at $20.
The team at JSC Handyman Services Inc draws from an arsenal of talents from years of experience in the construction business, which it uses to build and repair structures in and around customers’ homes. Skill with caulks and drywall enables craftsmen to build new walls within homes and seal brick walls to reduce moisture. They also slather walls with fresh coats of paint and hang large canvases in living and family rooms. JSC Handyman Services Inc offers full HVAC services, including boilers, heaters, and air-conditioners. Damaged roofs, broken fences, and chipped baseboards look new after they finishes their repairs. The company even designs and builds custom pet houses that give pups their own space, lowering the possibility that they’ll lock their owners out when they want to throw a party.
As the villainous summer sun reduces lawns to a palette of browns and tans, the Diamond Lawns super team rushes onto the scene to restore them to a glistening emerald glow. They accomplish this heroic feat with regular maintenance, such as mowing, or seasonal responsibilities, such as planting flowers or sharpening the teeth on topiary dinosaurs. Their landscaping design can add retaining walls and waterfalls that blend seamlessly into the existing surroundings, and tree care, removal, or stump grinding ensures allied tree forts remain safe while the enemy is reduced to wood chips. To further protect the outdoor environment, Diamond Lawns eradicates plant-harming insects and rodents with treatments that are safe for kids and pets.
Ryan Hays Construction dispatches insured professionals to tend to homes inside and out, tackling projects that range from large renovations to small fixes. The skilled workers outfit kitchens with custom cabinets, gussy up dining rooms with new mantels, and enliven bathrooms with tile work. The technicians also confront plumbing and electrical problems and install windows to let in natural light or doors to let in guests who refuse to use the chimney. On the exterior of homes, the workers brighten houses with coats of paint, renew roofs, and seal decks against wear and tear caused by the elements.
“Organic” and “natural” aren't adjectives one would normally use to describe pest control, but the techniques utilized by Ida Bug Guy are exactly that. With formulas that are safe for pets and their human kin, the company frees homes of wasps' nests and spider webs, while paying off rodents holding the family's cat statue hostage for cheese. Outdoors, pest control technicians spray foundations and build barriers around lawns or flowerbeds to keep insects out. The company's specialists are so assured of their methods that they back them with a money-back guarantee.