The Artful Adventures studio bustles with the flick of paintbrushes and the clink of mosaic tiles. The sunny yellow studio offers guests a dizzying array of potential projects: they can choose from more than 200 bisque pottery pieces, which glisten with 66 shades of nontoxic glaze and an array of stencils and stamps. Nearby, the glint of glass tiles entices mosaic-makers, who can decorate clocks or jazz up mirrors that would otherwise be smelted down into a disco ball. Jewelry kits enable even novices to create sophisticated-looking fused-glass pendants, and anyone who wants to gussy up an apron, coaster, or baby bib with a unique design can create pressable art from a selection of 20 paint colors. In addition to dropping by during open-studio hours—for which there is never a sitting fee—crafters can partake in themed events, such as date nights and movie nights, or host parties, which include all project materials and pair youthful celebrants with a balloon for flying home.
Owner Wayne Sombric's eco-friendly water purification system allows for an aggressive window cleaning without the use of harmful detergents or chemicals. The company's technicians are also trained to perform other high-up services such as polishing chandeliers, cleaning gutters, and removing fingerprint smudges from the ozone layer.
Since its founding by owner Bill Clark in 1962, Drive-In Autosound has expanded from an OEM radio-repair center to an automotive-enhancement hub with five locations. The audio department still doles out sonic toys such as stereos and speakers, as well as high-tech modifications including auxiliary ports, MP3-compatible sound systems, and plug-in a capella singers. The MECP-certified installers also equip cars with remote starters and GPS systems from more than 50 brands—including Kenwood and Pioneer—and factory-trained technicians augment rides with window tints and stylish wheels.
The caricatures that smilingly represent Dave Solon Kia's staff speak for the dealership's friendliness and accessibility. Its managers, sales advisors, factory-trained technicians, and detailers work together to serve both cars and their owners, offering a fleet of new, preowned, and moon-ready vehicles; a parts department bristling with Kia and manufacturer-recommended parts; and a service department for repairs and maintenance. After hard days of work in the garage or showroom, employees build bonds with the community by organizing charitable events such as the Dave Solon Golf Classic, which benefits the Memorial Hospital for Children.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Absolutely Clear Window Cleaning, LLC, an insured and bonded company, dispatches uniformed technicians who wash and hand scrape interior and exterior windows, armed with laser-like focus and the backing of a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Their rigorous pursuit of grime, film, and dust promises a complete cleaning that includes the tidying of tracks, windowsills, and screens, and the rest of the house can join the fun as the technicians perform myriad home-improvement services such as unclogging debris from gutters and removing soot, ash, and stains from decks and pations. They swiftly bring crestfallen habitats back to health by landscaping yards, patching up drywall, and pressure-washing poison ivy off the exterior, and can even move indoors to help polish unfinished basements, garages, and attics, or to paint walls a bold new hue.