At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Perfecting brushstrokes for more than a quarter of a century, T. Larue Painting has adorned the interiors and exteriors of esteemed clients such as Burlington Public Schools and a variety of historical downtown buildings. From the early days using Doug Hozeska's handful of brushes and homemade sign, the company has blossomed into an entire squad of licensed and certified painters with clients throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. The capable crews work diligently to paint, pressure wash, and restore building exteriors, while gussying up interiors with an extensive range of painting, varnishing, texturing, and refinishing services. The company's "Painter for a Day" service pairs customers with a trained staff member for eight hours, employing the expert handyman to complete a variety of household projects including painting, fixing minor repairs, and checking algebra homework.
In 1952, after years of experience in the nursery industry, Urban Reckamp planted the first seeds of his own horticultural business, Harvard Nursery. Twenty years later, the next generation of Reckamps, Tim and Pam, took over, letting the nursery's success grow through word of mouth, an established reputation in the community, and a stockpile of magic beans. Bringing a bachelor's in horticulture and an education background in design, the third generation, Kevin and Nina Reckamp, sprouted their roots as the new management of the nursery in 2010.
Today, with 60 years of experience under its belt, the nursery offers visitors a plethora of greenery. Its retail garden center blooms with locally grown verdant saplings and effulgent perennials guaranteed to appease the pickiest of garden gnomes. In addition to onsite dealings, its experienced crew can also travel to nearby locations to perform landscape design, enhancement, and maintenance.
Since 1987, Bellaire Farms owners Kris and Kara Martalock have imparted equine-riding experience to pupils of all skill levels amid well-kempt stables filled with american saddlebred horses. During each 45-minute lesson, gentle steeds wordlessly encourage riders and instructors offer tips, tricks, and sugar cubes as students amass rein-handling skills such as balance and coordination. Guests can trot and gallop outdoors on carpets of soft dirt and grass or exercise an indoor horse-whispering voice from within the facility’s heated arena during inclement weather. The conscientious instructors take time to match pupils with an appropriate hoofed partner whether riders are complete novices or American frontiersmen looking to correct a century’s worth of bad habits; guests are also welcome to bring their own horses to ride during lessons.
Ex-Stink Plumbing and Sewer Services has assisted clients with their plumbing needs as a family-owned business since 1981. The family patriarch, Harold Van Crey, leads the operation as they render services such as sewer rodding, repairing hot-water heaters, and opening clogged drains through hydro-jetting. The insured, licensed, and bonded outfit prides itself as a full-service plumbing operation, dutifully tackling all pipe-based problems in homes, businesses, and new construction projects.
Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.