At Jo-Ann's Gardens, rainbows don’t just spring from clouds. They can be grown from the ground up, with help from raindrops, sunbeams, and earthworms’ sweet, tender lullabies. Some rainbows are made of flowers such as geraniums and petunias, which bloom from hanging baskets and patio pots. Others pepper the tree nursery, where evergreens mingle with budding hydrangea and sugar maples that blush red come fall. Proven Winners annuals add pop to garden beds in the spring and summer, and perennials weather harsh winters to bloom year after year. The garden center also peddles plant-tending tools, landscaping staples, and garden decorations, which range from stone statues to three hues of mulch. In addition to cultivating seedlings in seven greenhouses, attentive staffers arrange cut blooms at the floral shop and install sod, ponds, and irrigation systems through a landscaping service. :m]]
Moe Houde learned the art of carpentry from after-school sessions in his father’s woodshop. The modest napkin holders and model wooden boats he built sparked a passion that years later blossomed into Houde Home Construction. Along with his wife, Connie, Moe operates a business that specializes in custom renovations and new-home construction, and he encourages customers to participate in all phases of the building process. Connie manages the books, Moe works one-on-one with clients, and their dogs, Coco, Kirby, Caesare, and Zola, safely guard all building permits and bark out OSHA code.
Whether they prefer to work with glass, canvas, or ceramic, budding artists can tap into their creativity inside Pottery Isle. The studio's ceramic-painting sessions enable patrons to select a piece—such as a dish or a statue—and customize it with their own color and design scheme. BYOB painting classes inside Canvas Cafe lead students step-by-step through the painting creation process, and summer programs for kids show young ones how to draw and paint on mediums other than kitchen walls or Dad's face while he sleeps.
Pottery Isle also hosts glass-fusing classes that turn molten glass into artwork, as well as field trips and teen events. Plus, it provides pottery-to-go packages, which supply artists with take-home pottery pieces, paint, and brushes, allowing them to create something when they have downtime on vacation or during a board meeting.
One Call Junk Haul sends its muscular staff throughout the Boston proper, Boston north, and Boston south areas, where they fill sturdy truck beds with refuse from homes and offices. The company collects nearly any unwanted item, from mattresses and hot tubs to jungle gyms and construction debris, stopping short of potentially hazardous materials such as batteries, paint thinner, and burn books. After each collection, which is efficiently routed to avoid wasting fuel, One Call Junk Haul follows other green initiatives such as recycling and donating as many items as possible.
A company that was built primarily on referrals, Armstrong Heating and Power Vac Inc. has purged ducts and chimneys for more than 40 years. During each air-duct cleaning, trained techs use power-vacuum trucks and custom duct-cleaning equipment to remove dirt and debris without the use of chemicals or sealers, which has a similar effect on a human’s mouth as peanut butter on a dog’s mouth. When they aren't purging residential air canals, technicians clean out dryer vents and chimneys to keep homes’ respiratory systems in working order and prevent the potentially dangerous results of chronic disrepair.:m]]