State investigator Suzan Armstrong sifts through heaps of paperwork, carefully mulling over government cases. Though her eyes focus on the documents' dense text, her thoughts momentarily drift away to daydreams about erecting a creative haven where people can funnel their imaginations into a slew of colorful crafts. In January of 2007, Suzan's reoccurring daydream materialized when she hung up her investigative briefcase, broke the glass on her emergency paintbrush holder, and opened her own franchise of Color Me Mine—named one of the top 10 places for kids' birthday parties by Parents magazine.
The 1,750-square-foot studio brims with décor and fixtures crafted by its own staff members, including custom-tile floors and a grandfather clock made from shards of shattered pottery. Patrons browse well stocked shelves of ceramic plates, vases, and—thanks to an exclusive partnership with the magic magnate—Disney characters, then garnish their chosen bisques around crafting tables in the main studio or long tables in the private party room. Experienced staff members stand closely by to help with bisque or paint selection and answer any questions about materials, design ideas, or how to emblazon Tinker Bell with a perfect Mona Lisa smile, then glaze and fire each creation to forge a bounty of long-lasting keepsakes.
For more than 13 years, JD Berry—24hr. Arctic Heating, Thawing & Drain Services' licensed, insured, and bonded contractor—has remained ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to rejuvenate mechanisms in households and businesses. The seasoned serviceman boasts certifications that showcase his impressive experience, and journeys to properties to examine and tweak buildings' vital immune systems, which include electrical wiring, plumbing, heating, water filtration, and tear ducts. On some stops, JD performs a boiler inspection by checking for leaks and ensuring thermostats, zone actuators, and safety functions are up to par. He treks down basement stairs to examine furnaces for heat-exchanger cracks with the aid of a keen eye and a stack of inkblot flash cards. Many services aim to increase overall efficiency and safety in homes and businesses, including water-heater tune-ups, which ascertain the overall health of the unit with the replacement or thorough cleaning of components, including the thermocouple and burners.
The warm staff at Sleep Comfort by Nerlands invites people to laze about a showroom boasting more 50 mattress sets on a quest to find the dreamiest dream pad. Utilizing the technology of the Sleep Metrics diagnostic system, the scholars of slumber match weary people with mattresses, including classic duos of foam mattresses ($215) and basic innerspring mattresses ($248) with box-foundation counterparts. The pocket coils of the queen-size Luxury model Simmons Beautyrest ($677–$887) offer snoozers a night of support and comfort akin to crowd surfing on an audience wearing cashmere oven mitts. As a purveyor of Boyd Natural Flex Latex mattresses, Sleep Comfort by Nerlands introduces allergy-suffering clients to this bacteria-resistant bedfellow and its unwavering resistance to dust mites. Knowing that a good night’s rest is important to physical and mental well-being, Sleep Comfort guarantees blissful slumbering for 60 nights.
Ground Up Services' crew of 10 handypeople, each with their own specialty, disperses throughout neighborhoods maintaining residential and commercial locations with a variety of improvement projects. The timely house tinkerers slather drab walls with vibrant coats of paint and plow mounds of snow from driveways to make room for cars during inclement weather. As the assiduous staffers complete projects, homeowners can check "fix the screen door" and "replace bear-skin rug with actual bear" off their honey-do lists. Ground Up's squad of house healers also specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels and deck construction.
The professional staff at Car Toyz overhauls vehicular cosmetics with a portfolio of tinting, remote starting, and multimedia upgrades. Window-tinting services carry a lifetime warranty for the carefully applied films, designed to diffuse annoying glares and slowly reveal secret identities to drive-thru workers. As the sun sets, high-intensity headlights illuminate obstructions in ample time and heated seats help make waiting for the hot air less unpleasant. Remote starters conjure visions of the future as they set pistons pumping from up to one mile away, and mobile video installations let toddlers catch the morning milk prices during the preschool commute.