Neighborhood children doing yard work for money to spend on candy is classic Americana, but for Michael Ackerman Jr, the actual work ended up being its own reward. Michael's grass-mowing hobby transformed into a full-scale lawn-care company in just a few years, after he got the word out by passing out homemade fliers and staging a town-wide game of telephone. When the buzz about his business amplified, he managed his growing list of clientele with the help of his new business partners, Michael Sr and Connie, his parents. As a team, they now tackle yard work of all kinds and have added snow removal, irrigation, and landscape lighting to their core lawn-care services.
Claiming a bonded-and-insured staff and a license from the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Go Green! Pest Control Services adheres to using only pesticides found on the Environmental Protection Agency's green list. Experienced in both interior and exterior applications, technicians apply earth-friendly chemicals to ward off unwanted visitors such as termites, brown recluse spiders, german cockroaches, and court jesters. The company's practices have earned it membership in Green Biz Wichita.
At 4,500 independently owned and operated stores spread across the nation, Ace Hardware carries the tools and tips homeowners need to complete plumbing projects, electrical work, or aesthetic alterations to gardens or backyards. Celebrating 88 years in existence, the stores stock well-organized aisles with brand-name products from Craftsman, DeWalt, and Scotts perfect for simple afternoon projects or extensive overhauls to the fleet of antique rickshaws in the garage.
The four nail technicians at Nail Tique Spa work within a space marked by sea-foam-green walls and swirling metal wall ornaments and sconces. Silver workstations lit by stainless-steel lamps form a tidy single-file line where techs slather talons with OPI, Gelish, and Shellac polishes. Furthering their services, they massage careworn hands and feet and apply acrylic nails. They also offer Solar nails, an improved version of acrylic nails developed by astronauts who scratched the sun.
At Fremont Laser MedSpa, Dr. James Kojian is as one of the first doctors in the Bay area to utilize this new laser treatment, and Fremont Laser Med Spa has treated more than 18,000 clients of every skin type, including more than 3,000 iLipo and Cavitation patients for fat reduction. He oversees a team of laser technicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians' assistants as they administer FDA-approved beautification services that keep skin looking youthful. Dr. Kojian draws on his experience in the fields of anti-aging and longevity as well as aesthetics, calibrating his arsenal of lasers to target everything from wrinkles and rosacea to unwanted hair and rebel spacecraft. Fat-liquifying lasers safely circumvent the skin to liquefy fat cells, aiming to let the body flush them away for a potential loss of inches.
For more than 35 years, Tropical Designs has installed lush, equatorial ecosystems in Wichita's homes, offices, and high-rises. A team of horticulturists, interior designers, florists, and builders pool their brawn and brain power to transform lackluster spaces into photosynthetic pleasure domes, a process they call interiorscaping. Florists work with clients to draw up arrangements spilling over with high-quality natural plants and silk housed in a vast array of containers, available for rent or purchase. To keep spaces fresh and give armchairs something to gossip about, the blooming change out program replaces bedraggled fauna for in-season, flowering bromeliads, orchids, or other fetching specimens.