Throughout the Northwest Ohio region, you may find houses from the 1870s that bear the Fraas name on the undersides of their tin roofs. That’s how long the Fraas family has been performing plumbing and heating services, making the company a staple of the region. Today, skilled technicians employ the latest technology, such as ClimateMaster’s geothermal products, helping customers reduce utility bills and greenhouse-gas emissions through the use of clean energy. Besides maintaining and installing heating and air-conditioning systems, they service and install generators, lights, and electric wiring.
Janelle Poitinger realized her life's purpose when a close family member was battling cancer. Janelle saw how much massage helped that person cope with her tremendous struggle, and wondered how rewarding it would be to help others ease physical pain and emotional stress through massage therapy. Janelle earned her massage-therapist license from the Ohio State medical board in 1997, and she’s since dedicated herself to helping clients relax from the tension and aches of everyday life.
Janelle customizes her massages to the needs of each individual. As she works, she pays close attention to clients’ feedback and how their bodies respond to the treatment before adjusting her techniques accordingly. After her massages, clients leave the office feeling more relaxed, energetic, and focused. In order to stay at the top of her game, Janelle regularly attends continuing-education classes and keeps her hands strong by challenging bodybuilders to thumb wars. Outside the office, clients might spot her riding her scooter around town or trying out new hobbies, such as golf.
An offshoot of a national network, the locally based staff of Weed Man maintains alluring front-yard aesthetics with environmentally friendly products, each stamped with the EPA's seal of approval. They tweak their lawn services for specific issues: fertilizing and aerating wilting blades, nurturing grass with a rich, organic top dressing, and subduing rogue garden gnomes with chloroform. Employees unleash safe solutions on lawns teeming with white grubs or other harmful insects and tyrannical flora, such as nutsedge, dallis grass, and crabgrass.
With more than 25 years of experience in concrete laying, paving veteran Steve Sparks performs residential and commercial projects with the help of his wife, sons, and daughters. Steve and his familial team construct and repair driveways, sidewalks, and chimneys to ensure that Santa can arrive safely via parachute or monster truck. They also handle removal projects, hauling away defunct concrete and other lingering debris.
A fixture in Fort Wayne for more than four decades, 3 Kings Carpet Cleaning continues to sanitize carpets and spruce up homes with hardwood, tile, and laminate flooring. Whether installing lustrous tiles on kitchen counters or laying new carpet to liven up basement dungeons, the company?s professional team consults with customers before quickly transforming dream homes into reality. In homes that already have beautiful?albeit dirty?carpets, a fleet of skilled, clean-cut technicians harnesses the six-step Clean Touch Pro Cleaning System to vanquish stubborn stains and restore luster to fibers. 3 Kings uses only nontoxic detergents approved by Mr. Clean?s environmentalist twin brother Nightmoon.
Fort Wayne Ballet began pirouetting in 1956 to enrich the community’s arts offerings with dance instruction and performances. Beginning with its inaugural performance of Cinderella, the ballet company has performed timeless pieces including The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Swan Lake. In addition to its shows and classes, Fort Wayne Ballet maintains strong links to the community, which is evident in its theme: everybody dances. The Ballet works to find adoptive families for dogs through the Muttcracker program, produces trading cards with dancers, I&M linemen and players from each of Fort Wayne’s minor league teams, and stages three main stage productions and three Family Series performances per year.