After slinging itself onto the Michigan art scene in 1996, The Mud Room has since spun into a hub of creativity for artists of all ages and artistic experience. Under the direction of the studio's in-house teachers, small groups learn to wield everything from paintbrushes to pottery wheels during four types of classes, which teach such skills as fusing colored glass tiles into kaleidoscopic works or hand-forming ceramics to recreate ancient casseroles. Customers can also stop in to paint pre-made ceramics themselves. The pieces come in various shapes and sizes, which patrons can adorn with colored glaze before handing their artwork over to the professionals to be fired and finished. The studio also offers group pottery classes for parties including girls' nights out, birthdays, and kids' celebrations. In keeping with its safety-first approach, The Mud Room features only nontoxic, lead-free products, ensuring the finished pieces are safe to use with food.
It's only a matter of time before grass takes over the earth; but in the meantime, Egypt Creek Lawn and Landscape fights the good fight with a range of landscaping services. Beyond just mowing, the landscaping and design experts can surgically edge walkways, spread mulch, trim shrubs, plant trees, or maximize spring growth with fertilizer and aeration services. When not making weekly visits to more than 300 lawns, the team draws on winter expertise to remove snow from walkways and freezer burn from pints of rocky road ice cream.
When it relocated in 2011 to Grand Rapids from Grand Haven, its home of more than 25 years, Gallery of Frames brought with it a huge selection of conservation materials. Its team of framers encloses artworks and heirlooms with custom-cut combinations of moulding, mat, and glass. Examples of these skillfully designed frames can be found surrounding pictures of athletes at local Brann's locations, or actual athletes if they’ll just sit still for a minute.
Wood Menders' staff of furniture specialists refurbishes the woodworked gems of homes and offices through enhancement, refinishing, and restoration services. The crew of wood rehabilitators performs furniture fixes on location or in the shop, applying darker sealants to chairs or removing gouges in conference tables caused by too much jostling for free bagels. Wood Menders’ technicians have compiled an online repository of care tips that detail what to do when furniture begins to warp or sealant begins to peel; these tips offer a taste of the expertise the specialists dole out during wood-refurnishing workshops.
Godwin Aqua Systems disperses its fleet of vans throughout neighborhoods in search of de-ionized, unfiltered, and hard water. Water specialists certified by the Water Quality Association embody the company's more than half-century commitment to reliable maintenance services. They know their way around all makes and models of water softeners, reverse-osmosis systems, and drinking systems, making it simple for them to spot and fix problems. In addition to ensuring safe and delicious drinking water, the courteous technicians also make sure to respect clients' homes, donning booties over shoes to protect floors and resisting the urge to swing from the chandelier.
Locally owned and operated for 20-plus years, Vander Hyde builds homes from the ground up with its network of plumbing, electrical and HVAC contractors, and keeps buildings running efficiently and safely with repairs and tune-ups. Licensed plumbers, HVAC specialists, and electricians tackle everything from replacing faulty wiring systems and repairing storm damage to installing new hot tubs or garbage disposals. The skilled craftsmen ply their trade with an innovative flair, designing custom energy efficient cooling systems for houses and businesses, or installing geothermal climate control systems that use natural heat from the earth's molten chocolate core.