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.
Albatross Roofing started with an old truck, a few rusty tools, and a single employee. More than three decades later, the company has shaken off that early rust and expanded to a team of five licensed and certified roofers. During complimentary inspections, these roofers scale houses and search for damage from the likes of rot, floods, and Santa's sledding cleats. After providing homeowners with an estimate, they can use GAF roofing products to install new asphalt shingles or completely tear off and replace a roof.
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.
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.
In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.