For Seth Kuddes, founding United Window Cleaning in 2007 was the realization of a long-held dream. As a student, he'd studied to become an entrepreneur, and getting his window-washing business off the ground was a goal he had long set his sights on. Though he could have remained content with the business of ridding windows of fingerprint smudges and whole faceprints, his inherent need for growth?and an inability to overlook dirt and stains on other home surfaces?left him with new inspiration. He soon expanded beyond window washing by offering peripheral services such as gutter cleaning and screen repair and replacement. In fact, he and his team now handle cleaning duties just about everywhere on home exteriors, from pressure washing dirty decks to flushing champion hide-and-seekers out of gutters.
The Colorado School of Acting's directors, Elizabeth Horne and Troy Horne, combine their dual loves of stage and screen to impart acting chops to students of all ages and experience levels. Elizabeth—who has acted in more than 25 plays and 12 movies—and Troy—a sitcom and film producer who appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award–winning musical Rent—staff their team with veteran acting instructors, each of whom have more than 10 years of experience in the biz. During their classes, they teach students to focus and perform under a variety of circumstances, with workshops in subjects ranging from improv and commercial work to audition skills and voiceovers. They welcome kids for acting summer camps, where they introduce fundamentals of memorization, character development, and rehearsal. Instructors also help thespians develop with more advanced training, including filmmaking summer camps for kids, and a certificate program for all age levels that requires students to audition or present a signed permission slip from David Schwimmer.
D.A.C. Cleaning Services, LLC's crews scour office buildings, houses, and apartments for dirt and eradicate the offending grime with a repertoire of eco-friendly cleaning techniques that have earned the company a Green Clean certification. With focus and precision, the licensed and insured cleaners target filth in all of its forms. They assail kitchen messes with ample elbow grease, tidy up bedrooms, scrub every bathroom surface to sparkling, and dust living rooms until they're squeaky clean enough to pass a white-glove test from a popular cartoon mouse. Adding to the repertoire of standard cleaning services, the team can also power-wash entrenched outdoor filth and help organize clients' clutter.
A Touch of Glass, LLC guts gutters and de-gunks windows with eco-friendly products and quality tools from brands such as Unger and Ettore. By removing leaves and debris from gutters, skilled staffers help prevent leaks and allow roof canals to channel streams of rain or hummingbird tears away from houses. Inside homes, nontoxic cleansers strip smudges from windowpanes without harming children, pets, or furniture.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
At Drahota Cleaning, friendly employees accomplish more than just light dusting and scrubbing; they convert cluttered living spaces into warm, inviting abodes. Organizational and cleaning services do everything from scouring grimy bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens to balancing teetering stacks of home-office memos. As cleaners sort and sanitize homes, they make sure to sweep dust from baseboards and blinds to facilitate a better view for the neighborhood watch plastered against the other side of the window.