With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
The scrub-a-dubbers at Paradise Cleaners gently whip besmirched threads into states of squeaky cleanness with the help of high-quality equipment and products. Fabric-fetchers first retrieve garments from domicile doorsteps, then whisk them away to Paradise’s central plant where purified solvents and delicate soaps destroy dirt, odor, and evidence that you ate the last pudding cup. Each piece of laundry is treated like a beloved family member and receives special attention, including hand-finishing services. Slip into a pair of recently bathed pants ($8.85+), or slap on a pristine shirt ($8.05+) to prepare for a video-chat date with the inventor of HD video-chatting. Paradise Cleaners also helps suits sparkle ($16.50+), dresses shed their spots ($14.90+), and comforters return to their beds sans sheep dander ($40+).
Owned and operated by Sharon Bienkowski and family, Sweet Simplicity’s recipe rolodex stretches back through three generations of bakers specializing in old-fashioned, made-from-scratch treats. Sweet Simplicity’s ovens turn out a steady stream of cookies (3 for $2), jumbo cupcakes in gourmet guises ($3, $30/doz.), and warm apple pies, all with fresh fruit, fine flour, and real butter folded into their batters and crammed into their crusts ($10.99). Secure the dessert course and impress dinner guests' tongues with one of Sweet Simplicity’s handcrafted cakes, such as a 9” Neapolitan cheesecake with an Oreo cookie crust ($29.99) or an eight-inch triple raspberry tort—moist dark-chocolate cake obfuscating a center of raspberry mousse, enfolded with rich chocolate ganache, and topped with Belgian chocolate shavings, fresh raspberries, and several pending liability claims for flavor-induced overdoses ($32.99).
Refreshing summer cocktails, a long list of local and global brews, and sake by the glass and bottle lay the foundation for Asian-infused feasts. Couple a glass of lychee love (Bombay Sapphire gin, lime, lychee liquor, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur) with a fresh green-papaya salad ($6), or share a plate of bigeye tuna salad with mizuna, mango, avocado, and pistachio-lime vinaigrette ($16). Hearty helpings from the kitchen include wagyu beef carpaccio with smoked char roe and Michigan scallion pancakes ($16). Or happify hungry herbivores with the organic buckwheat soba noodles tossed with Asian eggplant, tofu, cucumbers, and ginger-scallion vinaigrette ($12). Flying fresh and fast from the sushi bar are poppable pieces ranging from classic rolls like spicy tuna ($8) and unagi ($9) to specialty makimono such as mango monsoon (smoked madai, spicy tuna, salmon, mango, lychee, and yuzu foam; $13).
Though the aestheticians at Icon Salon Spa can do anything from a depilating wax to a soothing massage, they are best known for one thing: their color work. That's because owner and stylist Chadda Rhu is a master of corrective color work. She passes on the skills she's learned as a Redken Performing Artist so that her staff can expertly apply color and highlights or fix any hair emergency that comes through the door. For their color work, they rely on both traditional colors and glazes, which they use to target roots or weave through strands in precisely placed foil highlights. They then can trim off damaged ends with a cut that is both stylish and flattering, unlike a face tattoo of bacon.
Though Breeze Concierge's goal is singular—to make life easier for its clients—it manifests in multiple ways. The staff touches on the personal, professional, and recreational facets of life, thereby making all of them more manageable and freeing up time for the more important things, like spending time with the kids or composing calligraphic lists of what the more important things in life are.
There's the concierge service, which connects clients with personal assistants that attend to a variety of tasks; these can include paying bills, running errands, coordinating schedules, and cooking meals. They even plan a child's birthday party or organize a vacation itinerary that accounts for both the logistical—think plane and hotel arrangements—and the enjoyable, such as sightseeing. Housecleaning is another way the business make life easier for their clients. Licensed and insured cleaners tackle tasks in the home with environmentally friendly cleaning solutions. They scrub bathtubs and sinks, dust and vacuum, make beds, change linens, and do laundry. They also offer cleaning for offices, real estate companies, and other commercial accounts.