Once a small chain of Chicago-area hardware stores, Ace Hardware has evolved into a global franchise of more than 4,600 stores across 50 states and in more than 70 countries. Despite that span, customers might feel like each Ace was its own unique entity. Although each storefront carries many of the same popular items, each location is independent, allowing storeowners from New York City to Des Moines to offer goods tailored to the community?s needs. The inventory always includes a wide range of products, from trashcans to appliances and tools to complete tasks in the kitchen, garden, conservatory, ballroom, or billiard room of any home. Typically, patrons perusing the aisles will stumble upon well-known brand names, such as Black & Decker, Craftsman, and Stanley.
Iowa City Fencing Center founder Judy O'Donnell has speared more than 30 years of experience in the Olympic sport of fencing. She has represented the United States numerous times on an international stage, and has taught beginners and global competitors alike.
In 2010, Judy opened ICFC to share with the community her lifetime's worth of dueling wisdom, offering instruction in all three styles of fencing: foil, epee, and saber. Her encouraging commands bounce off the walls of two large training rooms, where groups meet to practice blade work and churn out meticulously carved pumpkins. Classes at ICFC are available to students starting at the age of 5, and private lessons provide the opportunity to train with Judy one-on-one.
Five Star Home Improvement Company's home-repair specialists are always thinking of their mother?Mother Earth, that is. The team of specialists is experienced in all manner of home repairs, from installing new roofs to insulating attics, but they focus their efforts in sustainability and energy-conservation services. BPI-certified staff members can inspect every nook and cranny of customers' homes or office buildings in search of energy leaks, and they offer suggestions post inspection to curtail needless waste. Specialists can also prevent energy inefficiencies with a number of services, including new window installations that keep cold weather out while allowing residents to spy on the neighbors they suspect may be aliens in disguise.
Midwest Painting's seasoned professionals enliven homes from the inside out with meticulous painting services and color touch-ups for domicile interiors and exteriors. Upon receiving a phone call from a homeowner in need, painters race to residences equipped with plastic covers, drop cloths, and a utility-belt full of brushes and paint-slinging Super Soakers. The assiduous staffers go to great lengths to keep homes and their belongings intact with protective materials, and thoroughly prep targeted surfaces with stripping and pressure washing. For interior projects, the skilled painters can glide brushstrokes of new, vibrant hues over walls, ceilings, doors, and cabinetry. They can also venture outdoors to douse the house's siding, gutters, brick, and secret rooftop helipads with eye-catching color. Midwest Painting makes sure to pick up all of their things before leaving the client's home.
Led by Rick Klouda, the staff of Renovate, L.L.C. arrive at homes and businesses to perform basic household tasks, renovations, installations, and repairs. The team also offers painting services, providing samples of colors and techniques in an effort to 'bring the paint store to you'.
Executive Exteriors treats walls to fresh color, decks to a darker stain, and exteriors to brand-new vinyl siding. Technicians take great pains to prep surfaces prior to painting, like bulls sharpening their horns before chasing down the Spanish men who named a Chicago sports franchise after them. They lay down drop cloths to protect from errant paint drops and use tape to produce crisp lines. The staff robes walls in multiple coats for an even, consistent color and lends redecorative efforts to commercial properties and fraternity houses.