The licensed-and-insured techs at Pro Home Improvement meticulously buttress homes against Mother Nature's wrath with high-quality home-maintenance services that employ local supplies when possible. When they aren't layering walls with siding to defend against hot summers, cold winters, and constantly scheming autumns, their CertainTeed-certified master shingle applicators defend roofs against environmental onslaughts with shingle-plated armor. Their aluminum gutters channel water away from homes, and techs employ cellulose, tripolymer, and spray-foam insulation to reduce energy costs or turn homes into giant thermoses.
The word “prestissimo” means “very fast” in Italian. Though the company’s cleaners boast an unbridled enthusiasm for work that results in timely job completions for homes and businesses, it doesn’t mean they cut corners. The meticulous window cleaners follow a multistep process designed to thoroughly extricate every fingerprint, bug protein, and suction-pawed Garfield afflicting glass and screens. Hard work has always been the cornerstone of the business, which was founded in 2006 by Carl Scott, a college student looking for a challenging, more fulfilling way to put himself through school. In addition to demonstrating upbeat energy, the team also keeps an eye on the environment by using green solutions and fuel-efficient vehicles, causing nearby weeping willows to burst into rounds of applause. That same conscientious attitude is carried with them into customer homes, where they take care to use drop cloths and shoe covers to protect carpet and all other surfaces.
If Detroit is the Paris of the West, then Paris of Royal Oak is the Versailles of Detroit, replete with enough fashionable fashions, accessible accessories, and antique antiques to tempt even the restrained, nun-like tastes of a somber Marie Antoinette. With a dazzling blend of new and vintage wares, Paris presents a browsing vortex for flamboyant fashionistas and reclusive heiresses alike. Wearable wares include an ever-changing roster of vintage threads, whereas new glad rags keep things young and modern with graphic tees ($24–$32) and funky skirts, such as the Desigual Sofia ($99). New jewelry ranges from retro glass cocktail rings ($24) to kimono-fabric bangles ($18), and antique jewelry ($12–$50) and accessories add a distingué touch to the wardrobe of any attic-dwelling madwoman. Purchase a slew of vintage handkerchiefs ($5–$12) to toss out of the Amtrak window to a bevy of besotted beaus, and reward the one who catches the most with a summery straw fedora ($24).