Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
25th Hour Associates focuses on simplifying the lives of its customers by providing high-quality, time-saving services and mending rifts in the space-home continuum. 25th Hour’s handymen can quickly and efficiently change light bulbs, unclog drains, dispose of garbage, hang mirrors and pictures of mirrors, and install home entertainment systems. But they can also complete larger jobs in the same timely manner, such as installing garage-door openers, laying down tile, drywall repair, door installation, and booby-trap maintenance. 25th Hour's services normally cost between $50 and $85 per hour.
Run Pest Control's technicians keep buildings both safe and free of pests while staying up-to-date on industry advances. The undesirable critters they target range from insects—such as cockroaches, bed bugs, and termites—to food-stealing rodents and roommates. To rid homes of such nuisances, the technicians take a three-step approach. After thoroughly inspecting problem areas, they classify the types of pests present and design custom integrated pest management systems. Then, once the small monsters have been thwarted, they help customers take steps to prevent future infestations, clean up messes, and repair damages caused by barbarian mice.
Hyde Park Floral’s flower whisperers bundle fresh blossoms into custom configurations and prearranged bouquets. Yellow Asiatic lilies, blue irises, and red gerberas march with pomp and circumstance in the Colors on Parade arrangement, and the magenta mélange of buds stocking the Missing You Bunches basket can enliven a drab office cubicle with more facility than a puff-painted stapler (each $40 and up). Let a petal proficient compose a custom stem stanza (priced by stem) from a stockade of individual flowers, including daisies ($1.25/stem), gerbera daisies ($1.75/stem), roses ($2/stem), and lilies ($4/stem), or select a predesigned arrangement from the special-occasion collection. All arrangements are available in-store and online, and can be delivered to any front door, place of business, or unregulated submarine hatch (may incur an additional fee).
Wing Eyecare's peeper specialists outfit customers' fashion-conscious focusers with hundreds of plastic, metal, and rimless designer frames ($189+). Customers can peruse the vast array of optical enhancers by designers such as Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, and Prada before inquiring about single-vision lenses ($203) and x-ray upgrades. Sunglasses by Oakley, Vera Bradley, and Tommy Bahama, among others, defend sensitive baby blues by obstructing bright sun sparklies. All of Wing Eyecare's sunglasses options provide customers with 100% UVA and UVB protection to keep delicate eyes safe from the aggression of the sun's ultra-violent rays.
The merchandise at Legacies spans home furnishings, antiques, accessories, jewelry, and phased plasma rifles in the 40-watt range. Like the Borg, its stock is constantly shifting, adapting, and evolving, so drop in to see exactly what the shop's latest incarnation looks like. Most items cost between $20 and $150. Vintage earrings start at $48, and sterling-silver necklaces are around $50. A 14-piece set of wine goblets, clean and ready for wine gobbling, is $25, and the surfboard coffee table to put them on is $75. Furniture such as oak dressers, painted nightstands, wicker rockers, and gold-framed mirrors all await excavation ($55–$95) from the Legacies treasure trove, which has also included rugs, china, artwork, lamps, silver, and even chandeliers. One lucky customer even found a large golden box, though it contained only a couple of worthless stone tablets and some face-melting ghosts.
CGC has planted more than 45 gardens across Cincinnati in the past 30 years, and the gardens' leafy fruit have reached more than 2,000 community members. Driven by its community base, the neighborhood-gardens program furnishes flourishing garden beds with volunteers, water tanks, tools, and seeds. However, the gardens are commonly plagued with poor city soil, clogged with rubble and stripped of nutrients. CGC would like to infuse a community garden with 10 garden plots' worth of fresh, nutrient-rich soil, creating a fertile infrastructure that will support plantings for generations.