Floor Trader's friendly flooring consultants assist DIY home-makeover mavens and hands-off designing denizens alike in sorting through a wide selection of brand-name terra toppings, including products from Tigressa, Resista Soft, Daltile, Armstrong, and more. Coat a kitchen in hardwood (starting at $1.98 per square foot), or cover living-room stains and evidence of the 1980's with a new carpet (starting at $0.48 per square foot). Wood can be impersonated impeccably with laminate (starting at $0.58 per square foot), while ceramic tile (starting at $0.78 per square foot) is perfect for paving entryways or for digging up and using as a frisbee.
When approaching each project, the managers at Cardinal Flooring and Cabinets call upon more than two decades of experience performing full-service finishing and remodeling treatments for homes, installing and restoring floors, and custom building decks and cabinets. All of Cardinal Flooring and Cabinets' installers take continuing-education classes to stay ahead of new trends, product lines, and installation techniques. The company’s showroom is open throughout the week, allowing customers to test flooring samples' texture, finish, and taste.
Launched 5 years ago, Mattress Source has grown from a plucky family-run enterprise to a regional institution, soothing aching backs and brightening up dream times with masterfully engineered mattresses of all makes and types. Models from brands such as Simmons, Corsicana, Restonic, and Spring Air enrich the third of your life spent asleep and the eighth of your life spent practicing trust falls with thick, long-lasting constructions designed to support and relax the body. The inventory promotes deep sleep and good health through a range of mattress types, from the strong, nonsagging innerspring design to the pillowy comfort of sheets of memory foam and latex.
Bill Blair spent 20 years training franchise owners how to build their businesses. One day he asked, "Why can't I do it for myself?" He knew from experience that one niche market was in need of modernizing more than any other—green cleaning. “That was something that was really important to me,” he says. “So I decided to be the premier residential cleaning company at the forefront of that eco-friendly movement."
NuKastle Cleaning's approach employs Green Seal chemicals and color-coded microfiber cloths and mop heads, which help to avoid cross-contamination. Though the environmentally friendly products are an important part of Bill's mission, he explains why traditional chemicals are always on hand for those who request them: "A lot of green chemicals will sanitize but not disinfect, and some clients really like that chemically fresh smell. I can always do partially green, fully green—whatever fits the needs of the customer." Another important facet of NuKastle's strategy is the ability to tailor services to individual clients. "Companies will quote prices based on the website's stock info,” Bill says. “It doesn’t focus on the needs of customers." So he does things a little differently. "I go meet the homeowner first, spend 15 minutes coming up with a detailed work schedule fitted to their needs. It's about a relationship that I want to establish, a rapport." This desire to form personal bonds is one reason NuKastle partners with Cleaning For A Reason, a charitable organization offering free house cleaning to women battling cancer.
Female-owned Handylady Services can do everything a typical handyman service can do?perhaps even better. The woman behind the business got acquainted with hands-on work at a young age by helping out around the construction sites where her father worked. Later on, she developed her skills even more by earning a degree in construction management. Today, she leads a team of skilled women and men to tackle painting, mowing, electrical work, and other tasks that improve life inside homes or tree houses commandeered from neighborhood children.
At Pottery Hollow, kids and adults alike find inspiration to create ceramic works of art from a fanciful story about a potter in need of an apprentice to help him and his fairy friends adorn ceramic mugs, platters, and knickknacks with colorful paint. Guests enter the potter's enchanted hollow?complete with twisted tree trunks and brightly colored chairs?to work on the unpainted pieces stored deep beneath the forest. While guests create their masterpieces, staffers keep them supplied with paints and brushes and take finished pieces to be baked in the kiln.
In addition to walk-in sessions, Pottery Hollow's three locations host parties and events such as mommy-and-me sessions, bridal showers, and corporate events. And on Friday nights until 9 p.m., ladies can create beautiful works of art while sipping on their favorite BYOB drinks. Staffers also craft custom pieces in one to two weeks, which can be given as gifts, kept as future heirlooms, or offered as sacrifices to the home-decor gods.