The tigers, lions, and jaguars at Henry Doorly Zoo may not realize it, but the professionals at Lumbermen’s Hearth & Home expertly laid the brick walls that surround their cat complex. Constructing brick and stone exteriors for exotic animals is just one of the ambitious projects Lumbermen’s has tackled since 1932, when they opened their doors with the mission of serving local lumberyards. After eight decades of hard work, the fourth-generation family-owned operation gradually expanded the scope and size of their business, which now houses four sprawling showrooms. These spaces showcase myriad options for customizing their customers’ decks and outdoor landscapes, such as grills from brands including Napoleon, patio furniture, and fire pits. Lumbermen’s also makes interiors cozy, tricking out living rooms with fireplaces and stoves capable of burning fraudulent tax documents rolled into logs.
The technicians at Premium Lawn Care have a service for all seasons. During the spring, summer, and fall, they build attractive landscapes and maintain them by mowing and edging lawns. They also trim plants and remove pet waste to keep outdoor areas tidy. Rather than hibernate through the winter months, they shovel snow and chip ice from walkways and driveways, thereby preventing people from slipping, falling, getting amnesia, forgetting they don't like Milk Duds, and wasting a bunch of money on Milk Duds. Though techs work tirelessly until they finish their task, their availability requires good weather.
Five beginner knitting classes at The Yarn Shop will take fledgling yarn spinners over all the knitting basics—knitting and purling, increasing and decreasing, ribbing, and more—as they complete their first scarf. The cost of all materials is covered, including a light or bright wool yarn and size-eight bamboo, circular needles. Additional supplies are available for purchase; the shop carries a full line of knitting and crocheting supplies and enough yarn to fill the scalps of a race of giant Raggedy Ann’s. Help is always available for projects, which many people bring to the shop to work on as they socialize and weave the names of disloyal latch hookers onto their tea cozies. Enjoy a dessert and specialty coffee or tea from The Yarn Shop's Pink Sheep Cafe. See the website for class schedules and pricing.
Sunlight glints off the multihued dinner plates and stained glass lamps inside ArtGlass Unlimited, a local glassware emporium that’s made inimitable glass pieces since 1982. On top of these creations, the onsite artists build commissioned glasswork for local businesses and opera singers looking to gauge their high notes. They also helm classes in glass art, guiding students through creating their own masterpieces, from stained glass windows to pendants, beads, and kiln-fired jewelry.
The staffers at It’s All Roses create one-of-a-kind arrangements of wooden roses that fool nature by standing the test of time. They specialize in weddings and funerals, for which they deliver at no cost to any church or funeral home. In addition to beautifying homes, the team gives back to the community by donating proceeds to charitable causes such as the American Cancer Society.
The modern decor and chic furnishings at Lason & Spa exude an urban sophistication, impressing visitors with an exposed loft-style ceiling, contemporary artwork, and Manhattan cityscapes that decorate the walls. Beneath the rafters stands owner Lisa Gunter, who helms a team of savvy stylists and aestheticians. Wielding products from brands such as American Crew, Pureology, and Aquage, stylists perform custom haircuts, styling, color services, and hair-removal treatments. Aestheticians rejuvenate faces with custom facials, masks, and peels, and the spa techs also pamper hands with mani-pedis.
Equipped with high-powered air pressure guns, Brycor Inc.’s insured technicians blast dirt, debris, and leafy build-up out of gutters and downspouts. With the capability to reach up to 36 feet high, the air pressure guns are equipped with specialty nozzles so that they won’t damage the gutters, and the cleaners are insured for up to one million dollars per home. Brycor Inc.’s route packages include bi-annual visits from technicians for cleanings so that customers don’t need to schedule each visit.