With a combined 100 years of experience, HomeWorks Central, Inc.’s multidisciplinary team of handymen is well equipped to tackle a wide range of home improvement projects. While the team specializes in exteriors – cladding homes in stone-coated steel roofing and Coventry vinyl siding – they also undertake interior projects, including installing energy efficient attic insulation and walk-in safety bathtubs.
Iowa City Fencing Center founder Judy O'Donnell has speared more than 30 years of experience in the Olympic sport of fencing. She has represented the United States numerous times on an international stage, and has taught beginners and global competitors alike.
In 2010, Judy opened ICFC to share with the community her lifetime's worth of dueling wisdom, offering instruction in all three styles of fencing: foil, epee, and saber. Her encouraging commands bounce off the walls of two large training rooms, where groups meet to practice blade work and churn out meticulously carved pumpkins. Classes at ICFC are available to students starting at the age of 5, and private lessons provide the opportunity to train with Judy one-on-one.
Cullen Painting has been slathering the walls of residences and businesses in color-coordinated splendor for more than 20 years. Experienced domicile decorators wield painting products from Sherwin-Williams and Pittsburgh Paints, coaxing lustrous pigments across the walls and covering up scribblings from sleepwalking calculus practices. Cullen Painting contractors operate on the research-based credo that an environment's colors play a role in a person's psychological state. In keeping with a lighter atmosphere, darker colors of paint will incur a higher fee ($15 per gallon) and all painting professionals are well versed in tranquil pan-flute playing. Potential vibrancy seekers can visit Cullen Painting's website for articles on hue considerations and tips from decorating authorities, as well as a consultation. Those with multiple pigment-lacking spaces can also use today's Groupon for 30% off the full value in any additional rooms.
Five Star Home Improvement Company's home-repair specialists are always thinking of their mother?Mother Earth, that is. The team of specialists is experienced in all manner of home repairs, from installing new roofs to insulating attics, but they focus their efforts in sustainability and energy-conservation services. BPI-certified staff members can inspect every nook and cranny of customers' homes or office buildings in search of energy leaks, and they offer suggestions post inspection to curtail needless waste. Specialists can also prevent energy inefficiencies with a number of services, including new window installations that keep cold weather out while allowing residents to spy on the neighbors they suspect may be aliens in disguise.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in social dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
A family gathers in front of a fire to watch flames dance inside a teepee of logs. After several moments, a uniformed staffer walks over to ask whether they have any questions, and, startled, they stop telling ghost stories or reminiscing about bygone summer bonfires to think about whether they'd like that very model in their own home. Fireside Hearth & Home's cozy design room has that effect. Several staged but comfortable living rooms, kitchens, and patios revolve around fireplaces and stoves, letting customers really imagine life around the hearth. The inventory of gas, wood, and electric fireplaces, as well as stoves and inserts come out of the workshops of top brands such as Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire, and Outdoor Lifestyles. The knowledgeable staffers can explain the variances of styles and features, as well as install new fireplaces and convert wood fireplaces to gas ones.