PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
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.
There’s a war on dirty air, and the Duct Boyz fight on the side of good. For more than 25 years, they’ve preempted allergic reactions, subdued dust mites, and expelled pollen from homes through their duct-cleaning services. With certifications from both the National Air Duct Cleaners Association and the Indoor Air Quality Association, they wield electric compressors and HEPA negative air machines as they thoroughly purge dusty ducts. They also snuff out biological invaders, annihilating bacteria, mold, and mildew with an EPA-registered fog agent. Duct Boyz also equips clients with products such as UV germicidal purifiers that oust airborne contaminants and electrostatic filters that clean the air with static electricity.
It takes 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water to create one ton of cardboard, a fact that motivates the professionals at EkoMovers to do their job with an eye toward eco-consciousness. In addition to using plastic moving crates and biodegradable wrap, EkoMovers plants a tree for every new customer, and even invites the client to help. It's this good-hearted environmental agenda that earned the company a nod from the Cincinnati Business Courier as a finalist for Green Business of 2011.
What started as a group of college guys helping out their friends has grown to become a successful moving company concerned with ecological wellness. In a flurry of elbow grease, fully licensed and insured crews of movers schlep clients? boxes in and out of houses, collect possessions from storage facilities, or deliver bulk items to a donation center. If time remains after hauling away junk or felled tree branches from the lawn, clients can question the movers about their tactics for sterilizing reusable mattress bags or luring magic carpets into a truck with threats of another Disney sequel.
A kaleidoscope of designer fabrics in a variety of colors, patterns, and textures exists just behind Swatches' unassuming brick storefront. For more than 35 years, this locally owned and operated business has assembled a massive collection of fabrics and accessories from workrooms based in Cincinnati and around the United States. Within the showroom’s expansive interior, trims and tassels sway alongside more than 1,000 bolts of fabric from designers such as Duralee, Kravet, and Fabricut. Meanwhile, the staff of seasoned home decorators stands by to assist customers, offering them counsel on appropriate design schemes or directing them toward textiles that can withstand messes made by kids, pets, and roommates who work as part-time finger-painters.
Run Pest Control's technicians keep buildings both safe and free of pests while staying up-to-date on industry advances. The undesirable critters they target range from insects—such as cockroaches, bed bugs, and termites—to food-stealing rodents and roommates. To rid homes of such nuisances, the technicians take a three-step approach. After thoroughly inspecting problem areas, they classify the types of pests present and design custom integrated pest management systems. Then, once the small monsters have been thwarted, they help customers take steps to prevent future infestations, clean up messes, and repair damages caused by barbarian mice.