At Pot-Luck, it's true that patrons paint their own pottery?but that only skims the surface of what's really going on. Guests pick out and paint their own ceramic plates, mugs, and wizard figurines. The eclectic array of glazes, paints, and idea books complement their vast selection of ceramic pieces. When visitors are finished, the team fires their handiwork in the on-site kilns, transforming them from raw ceramic into pieces safe for a dishwasher, microwave, oven, or flaming cupboard.
The staff members at Scrubbin Buddies Cleaning Service, LLC appreciate that clean is a complex adjective. That's why they offer multiple types of cleaning sessions that vary based on the house's condition and the client’s desires. Their routine cleanings meticulously traverse the surfaces and furnishings of every type of living area. Wielding all-natural products, the teams approach sullied floors with mops, vacuums, brooms, and wood cleaners in a single visit. Alternatively, their deep cleaning delves into even shadier nooks, such as behind the stove, inside floor vents, and throughout garages. They will even clear light fixtures of bugs that were only trying to read in the dark.
Though both kinds of cleaning sessions entail an extensive list of services, the technicians eagerly field special requests. They can scour offices and spruce up locales that have recently undergone construction, and they are specially trained in prepping homes for moves. To advise patrons on further treatments, they keep a roster of professional carpet and window cleaners on file.
To say that Renewal by Andersen has high standards for its window installers might be an understatement. For the chance to even apply for the position, an installer must have replaced at least 5,000 windows. And when this prospective technician is considered for employment, there's still only a one in three chance he or she will even be hired. Once they finally make the cut, that lucky third of installers are EPA certified in lead safety, and they refresh their skills with another 40 training hours each year.
When homeowners put out their broken-or-ugly-window distress signal, the technicians respond with a varied selection of window and door options. They do so swiftly—each Andersen crew averages 1,000 replacements per year. And the installers' meticulous nature and attention to detail don't end when they pop in that final pane. After they've replaced the window, they clean up with an industrial vacuum estimated to be 47% more efficient than a typical home vac. Only when a homeowner goes through a 10-point inspection checklist with the team leader, and signs off on the cleanup, does Andersen consider its job done.
Equity Painting and Design Inc.'s team can breathe new life into an old home with a fresh coat of paint and an array of home-improvement services. During design consultations with homeowners, the crew helps devise a plan to increase the value of the house, which may include painting a few rooms, building a deck, or insulating walls with $20 bills. Their home-improvement repertoire also includes drywall installation, staining, kitchen remodeling, and old wood restoration. They are able to accomplish such aesthetic feats with help from a supply of environmentally friendly products, including GreenSure paints that are free of volatile organic compounds.
Stocking a vast selection that features nearly a hundred sauces, over 150 spices and rubs, and natural hardwoods ranging from cherry to mesquite, Ruffs Barbecue Shoppe outfits pit-masters for year-round barbecuing and smoking. Wood chips from alder, hickory, and maple trees and low-ash, even-heat mesquite and hickory pellets smolder inside smokers from Traeger, American Barbecue Systems, and Big Green Egg. Ruffs' year-round classes display the art of summery eating no matter the season, teaching students how to pack buns with pulled pork or train brisket to come when called.
When he was in college, Brian Hart didn't own any furniture, but he lined his walls with framed art. He'd always loved art, so moving into the framing industry—a service geared toward showcasing everything from great masterpieces to sentimental items—was a natural step. After graduation, he spent six months working at local framing stores for free, studying the business and framing Vermeer's The Concert on the sly.
With help from his mom, Brian opened Frame de Art over 23 years ago. Though technology has changed—with industry innovations including the advent of computerized mat-cutting and visualization software—the store still takes pride in meticulous attention to detail, winning it a spot on ABC 7's A-list in 2008 and 2009 and was voted best custom framing by Denver A-list in 2013. An inventory of over 1,000 moldings encompasses diverse styles from modern metal pieces to rustic wood or bamboo frames. The staff helps customers give their works museum-quality looks and protection, finding the acid-free frame that best compliments each piece of fine art, photographs, sports memorabilia, or 3-D mementos.