For generations, the Anderson family has cleaned homes around the east side of Cincinnati, where they live. To this day, the owner personally helps clean each house, overseeing a team of licensed, insured, and bonded techs. As the team cleans, they sanitize bathrooms, scrub kitchen surfaces, and vacuum carpets. Before leaving, workers remove trash bags and wipe down walls and windows, removing fingerprints or floor-to-ceiling spirals of bacon grease.
Laurie specializes in capturing radiant photos of newborns, small children, and high schoolers in need of senior pictures. For 60 minutes ($75 value), Laurie's hands, eyes, and camera will set aside their differences to carefully snap high-resolution images of you or a loved one, treating each shot as a piece of art. After you select your three favorite poses, Laurie will arrange them into one custom-matted storyboard collage ($364 value). The background mat can be colored to coordinate with your outfits or a scenic backdrop of exploding zeppelins. Call to schedule your appointment.
Populated by designers, printmakers, and multi-discipline artists, the pack at Powerhouse Factories composes prints for musical artists, rock venues, and special events. Customers can express their serious support for guitar strummers and melody makers by purchasing bold, bright gig posters (starting at $20) of artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Sonic Youth, and Kanye West. All prints are limited editions, ensuring their superiority over mass-produced posters and photocopied napkin renderings. Drawing upon their college experimentation with screen-printed propaganda art, the gig poster gurus also design prints for nationally hyped events such as Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Hurricane Katrina relief benefits ($10–$75). Non-discriminating audiophiles can opt for the Mystery Tube, an individually painted cylinder of surprise, which comes jam-packed with five random prints from the archives ($20). Powerhouse Factories outfits their fans in comfy tees and hoodies ($20-$25), whose bright colors, graphic prints, and cozy cottons provide a level of stylish comfort normally only associated with slim-fitting sleeping bags.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
The Groneck Photographix story began in 2006, when seasoned graphic design artist Michael Groneck started performing digital preservation services out of his home. Today, Michael is joined by a staff of fellow graphic artists at his own shop—a cheerful little store, where photographs of local sports teams and landmarks speckle the walls. Michael and his staff provide a variety of photo-restoration and digital transfer services, while extending their design expertise to create a variety of professional brochures, signs, and business cards. A seasoned shutterbug, Michael also snaps photos at local events, sports games, and Elvis sightings.
The first Funny Bone location opened in 1982 and has spread infectious laughter ever since. Established stars such as Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld have graced the stage, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. The venue also plays host to a full-service bar, where patrons may steep their sorrows in calming brews, then ingest them triumphantly.
Since 1940, Bryant Heating & Cooling has kept homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Insured technicians, licensed by the North American Technician Excellence, visit homes to inspect and repair air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, or living-room campfire pits. They also clean the ducts of homes using a Rotobrush system that vacuums out dirt and debris.