To give its clients peace of mind, Buckets & Ladders Window Cleaning insures its techs and runs a background check on each employee. Once they have undergone training, they are dispatched to homes to complete a range of services from gutter cleaning to power washing.
Doug Schwaberow was sick of the personal-training industry—the repetitive exercise programs, the competition between trainers, and the outdated, even dangerous techniques he saw some trainers using. So he decided to open Achieve Fitness as a better alternative for fitness and sports conditioning. He took a hands-on approach to designing each program, from two types of boot-camp classes to semiprivate fitness sessions. He and his team also lead Sports Performance training for kids from third grade to high school, helping them become stronger, more agile, and less prone to injuries.
By offering personalized service that’s much more thorough than national chains and more cost-effective than CPA-trained offices, Russell Tax keeps its focus solely on taxes. Doug Russell is an Enrolled Agent who has passed a three-day, 12-hour IRS examination and an IRS background check. Russell Tax Services functions in a futuristic realm of paperless electronic files, resulting in a speedy and tree-friendly office that will most likely be spared when a vengeful Mother Nature reclaims the planet with smothering jungle canopy. As such, time-strapped clients can upload their documents directly and communicate via telephone, or set up an appointment in person. This Groupon will file your one complete return of state ($49 value), federal ($89 value), and local/school-district ($29 value) taxes with your W-2 information (additional itemized deductions and business forms may accrue additional charges). Print-outs and digital files are included.
"This is the coolest thing I've ever seen!"Whenever proprietor Laura Knipfer hears kids say things like this about Sky Zone Columbus, it makes her heart soar. It’s the same feeling she remembers having the first time she visited a Sky Zone franchise. The moment happened when she and her family gave another location of the indoor trampoline park a try while on vacation in St. Louis. That afternoon, each person emerged drenched in sweat and beaming with smiles. On the heels of those enjoyable moments, she knew she had to open her own location near home, an endeavor that has also earned accolades from Columbus Parent magazine.Both flat and angled trampolines cover approximately 10,000 square feet of the cavernous space, all catapulting kids and grownups under the watchful eye of safety monitors. In the main arena, jumpers freestyle on 33 trampolines, doing flips, belly flops, or directing traffic. A smaller court hosts players launching soft balls at each other during dodge-ball games and a pit of foam cushions cannonball dives. Non-jumpers can watch the action safely from platforms at the entrance to the arena or benches scattered throughout the facility. A concession stand restores nutrients spent jumping with pizza by the slice from Jet's, warm pretzels, and Clif bars, which can also be burned off in trampoline fitness classes and birthday parties at the facility.
As the company’s straightforward name implies, Superior House Cleaning Services doesn’t mess around when it comes to providing quality cleaning services. The professional cleaning crew strives to leave customers satisfied week after week; to achieve this goal, the company hires new members selectively and trains them extensively in a litany of services that targets bedrooms, living rooms, bathrooms, and basement dungeons. The crew rounds out its service roster with treatments that focus on carpets, windows, and post-party messes.
Pix Perfect's photo specialists free party hosts from carrying around camera equipment by setting up and operating photo booths to capture special occasions. Specialists then hand guests prints of their smiling faces shortly after their session, gifting them with a keepsake of the event or at least a strip of paper to cover their eyes during scary movie scenes.
Bugs are fascinating, especially to a six-year-old strapped with a Mickey Mouse 110 camera. These creepily photogenic critters were the first subjects Studio Polaris photographer Maggie Lawler’s ever shot. Though she has since captured images of couples on their wedding day, seniors before their graduation, and canine products for a corporate vendor, Maggie still loves “to act like a five-year-old most days.” She finds the perfect shot by getting to know her clients and hearing their stories. With kids, she gets down to their level, asking them questions about their outfit, their favorite TV show, or their thoughts on whether cotton candy is better to eat or to wear as a wig. Once she’s built the foundation for a relationship, she begins shooting. She searches for the moments in between: the couple tenderly holding hands, the child wholeheartedly laughing. To catch these fleeting seconds, she doesn’t rely on fancy filters or equipment. “Anybody can own a Stradivarius,” she quips, “but not everyone can join the Boston Pops.” So rather than lean on technology’s crutch, she uses her artist’s eye, passed down the limbs of a family tree branched by her grandmother’s paintings and her father’s sculptures. Today, she still is constantly snapping photos, either with her SLR or iPhone, taking shots of her daughter or her neighbors in line at the supermarket. With her work at Studio Polaris, Maggie considers each photo shoot a blessing. “I mean,” she says, “how many families have my work on their walls? It’s awe inspiring. I’m blown away by it.”