Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).
When the owners of City Avenue Cleaning Service were kids, chores always came before fun, and this discipline helped them learn how to keep a house spotless. Now backed by 17 years in the cleaning business, they oversee a team that will polish houses and offices with no-streak cloths and their own cleaning solutions. On cleaning day, a team of trained techs helmed by a watchful supervisor heads to the client’s location, where they wipe down kitchens, sponge bathrooms, and mop floors before backing their work with a guarantee. They’ll gently tuck linens into beds and wash walls covered with scuffs, crayon marks, or mysterious hieroglyphics.
When they aren't doing regular cleanups, the team helps rescue homes sullied by flood and fire damage.
Since 1970, the tree experts at Crecraft For Tree Craft have tended to trees and shrubs with their insured services. The company specializes in combating the emerald ash borer, which has claimed thousands of trees in neighboring states. Before pruning branches and grinding stumps, the owner, Rick, arrives onsite to provide a complimentary consultation and estimate and advises clients on any preventative maintenance necessary to reduce the risk of damage to homes. The company also offers emergency removal services for clumsy trees.