The Colorado School of Acting's directors, Elizabeth Horne and Troy Horne, combine their dual loves of stage and screen to impart acting chops to students of all ages and experience levels. Elizabeth—who has acted in more than 25 plays and 12 movies—and Troy—a sitcom and film producer who appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award–winning musical Rent—staff their team with veteran acting instructors, each of whom have more than 10 years of experience in the biz. During their classes, they teach students to focus and perform under a variety of circumstances, with workshops in subjects ranging from improv and commercial work to audition skills and voiceovers. They welcome kids for acting summer camps, where they introduce fundamentals of memorization, character development, and rehearsal. Instructors also help thespians develop with more advanced training, including filmmaking summer camps for kids, and a certificate program for all age levels that requires students to audition or present a signed permission slip from David Schwimmer.
ServiceMaster provides a group of residential and commercial services dedicated to building maintenance and emergency upkeep. They clean carpets and upholstery, as well as tile and grout, and provide general housecleaning services. They also deal with damages resulting from water, fire, or mold.
In true family style, brothers Nick and Kirby Kuklenski own and operate two “sister” Ace Hardware stores in Colorado Springs, keeping local homes beautiful with name-brand products and services. Lawns grow thick and colorful with Scotts fertilizers, plants, and seeds from the shops’ lawn departments, whereas computerized color matching in the paint aisles keeps outsides as vibrantly hued as flowers in a garden or a house fly strolling across an artist’s palette. Collections of DeWalt and Craftsman hand and power tools help homeowners assemble Weber grills, with staffers standing at the ready to build any piece bought at the store. Even autos can get in on Ace Hardware’s helpful services: keys are cut onsite, with Sidewinder keys including built-in chips that interact with car computers to ensure proper starts without feeding vehicles buckets of floppy disks.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Dedicated to commercial and residential cleaning, the family-owned Owl Helpers carries out everything from regular maid service to cleaning up after pets and party guests. Whatever the service, the company donates 10% of the proceeds to the Children's Hospital. During the month of October, proceeds go to Brest Cancer Research.
At Art & Dana Maids, fully licensed and insured cleaners scour each room of clients' homes or businesses, tackling the job with the elbow grease needed to make spaces shine with sheer cleanliness. Professional technicians can take out bags of garbage, remove fingerprints from frames and walls, dust windowsills, wipe down baseboards, and place tiny eviction notices on each and every cobweb until spiders pack up and leave town. Each team of custodial artisans hauls along its own equipment for each spring cleaning, move-in prep, and office tidying. To keep homes kid- and pet-safe, the team can use eco-friendly products on request.