When people come to The Salvage Yard Resale Shoppe to drop off items their family has outgrown, they're greeted by another family: three generations of women who curate well-kept housewares. The constantly changing inventory includes everything from costume jewelry and knickknacks to oil paintings and dishes. There's furniture as well, including family-sized dining tables, upholstered couches, and china cabinets. Shoppers might even get lucky and find local memorabilia, such as vintage Indians or Buckeyes pennants.
The professional handymen from Donahue Contracting & Landscaping pride themselves as jacks-of-all-trades when it comes to household projects. They move from lawn and garden to hearth and home, keeping exteriors neat and tidy through regular lawn mowing visits and remodeling interiors with equal aplomb. Homeowners can also call upon their expertise for seasonal work, such as fertilizing and bush trimming in the spring, and plowing snow and unruly snowmen armies in the winter.
It was supposed to be an ordinary day of shopping for Dan Wolt. But at some point between flipping through hangers and carrying duds to the fitting room, a cartoon light bulb materialized above his head. "Buying windows," he said, as the idea alchemized in his brain, "Should be as simple as buying clothes from a local boutique." At the time, Dan was working for a window company dominated by high-pressure sales tactics and long presentations. He could tell customers felt stressed. So after his epiphany, Dan went home and founded Zen Windows, a window- and door-installing business whose signature is its relaxed, user-friendly style.
Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.
Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants?such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors?shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. With Lawn Doctor?s Yard Armour, annoying flying pests like mosquitoes can be contained to return enjoyment to outdoor spaces. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.
The craftsmen of HammerDown Construction feel most at home on top of other homes. They specialize in roof and gutter work, reporting to residences after storms to patch up leaks and stave off costly water damage. Even if the roof just needs an inspection or a few shingles replaced, they'll administer a quick roof tuneup, which also includes the resealing of caulked seams and a gutter cleaning. The team—which consists entirely of full-time workers—also spruces up home exteriors with power-washing services.