Toilets flush, faucets cease to squeak, and vents breathe easy after a visit from Handyman Network's crew. For more than 10 years, the fully licensed technicians have been traveling from home to home like Santa in his pre-Christmas days, fixing what needs to be fixed, building what needs to be built, and backing every service with a one-year workmanship guarantee. In addition to routine maintenance, the handymen specialize in carpentry, remodeling, painting, and other home-improvement services.
For nearly two decades, the NATE-certified technicians from Indoor Comfort Services have kept homes cozy and efficient through heating, air conditioning, electrical, and plumbing maintenance services. Homeowners can recruit the licensed-and-bonded team to deftly tune up a heater, replace air-duct filtration systems, or fix a leaky faucet that drips to the beat of “Jingle Bells” even after Christmas is over. In addition to ensuring smooth operation, each service also can save money and reduce homes’ environmental impacts by shoring up inefficient systems and preventing major breakdowns.
CR Resource Contracting Inc. helps homes and businesses lower their energy bills by using energy more efficiently. Staff members conduct energy audits on each of their clients to determine where most of the energy is going and how best to save it. Then, they devise a green strategy suited to their clients' goals, which can involve simple light-bulb swaps or more involved tasks such as solar-panel installation.
Drawing on three decades of brewing experience and skills acquired at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy, Alfred Lee opened The Power Club Restaurant & Brewery in 2009. It takes its name from a friend of Lee's, James Power, who died the year before. Power's Irish heritage inspires the menu: hearty pub fare served alongside frosty pints brewed onsite.
Lee, a federal brewmaster, creates dozens of craft microbrews in a variety of styles—everything from light hefeweizens to flavorful red ales and stouts made with a variety of malts and grains. Each craft microbrew is served in a frosty 16-ounce mug and goes well with the pub's dishes, which include Irish staples as well as hearty angus burgers. The kitchen's specialty is slow-cooked barbecue, which is prepared over low heat to ensure sandwiches are juicier than a tantalizing gossip item related by a ripe peach.
The builders behind Wiseman’s Home Improvement understand that, when it comes to investing in a home, it's best to think in the long term. Their team members take it upon themselves to make additions and renovations that are designed to last, whether they're redoing floors or resurfacing cabinets. Their expertise extends to exteriors as well; new siding adds clean lines to walls, and door and window treatments can replace aged portals with energy-efficient sliding models. For a from-scratch sprucing, the team can remodel full kitchens or bathrooms, turning an ordinary room into an energizing space where the tiles glisten and the sink comments on how clean your hands look. To keep these jobs hassle-free for clients, team members treat each workspace like their own homes, minimizing both debris and the length of time each project takes.
The artists of Rainbow Glass teach and work in an array of glass art disciplines. They lead novice glassworkers in fusing molten glass into plates and titles, and guide them as they fuse colorful sheets into plates and huge monocles. Outside of class, they focus on their own masterpieces, which live in the on-site gallery and in the homes of those who commission custom work. In Rainbow artists' capable hands, antique glass lamps are restored to their luminous selves and doors sparkle with stained glass.