The horticultural experts at Perreault Nursery delight gardeners with a bountiful harvest of blossoms, shrubs, mulch, and outdoor ornamentation. The garden gurus accompany each rose bush or Japanese maple with helpful advice on how to care for the plant before sending it off to college. In addition to its blossoming blooms—grown in Perreault’s own greenhouse—and a plethora of trees and shrubs, the garden depot outfits yards with mulch and stone, custom planters, and ornamental pottery or statuary, including fountains and bird baths.
After picking out their new plants, visitors can drop by the nursery’s butterfly house, where hundreds of butterflies flutter amongst babbling brooks, flowers, and benches. Or, for clients who would rather use a trowel to comb their hair instead of raking mulch with it, the professionals offer landscaping services to transform yards into lush oases with creeks, pathways, and beautifully designed flower beds.
The repair specialists behind Mr. Appliance understand that clients should feel comfortable letting repairmen into their homes. That’s why before every job, homeowners receive a confirmation email with a picture of the uniformed, background-checked technician assigned to address their appliance needs. Upon arrival, the serviceman assesses each job by interviewing troubled appliances and recording the results on an iPad. Homeowners then get to see a detailed quote so they understand the work that needs to be done. Experienced with all brands, the technicians begin by securing the work area, putting on shoe covers, and laying down mats before repairing appliances that range from refrigerators to washing machines.
Beyond in-home service, they also supply clients with resources such as online repair manuals and use-and-care tips. They also adhere to an S.O.S—service on your schedule—policy, letting clients secure appointments through online booking.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
For decades, Koopman has been synonymous with old-fashioned elbow grease. From the hard work Peter Koopman put into founding his business in 1939 to the projects carried out by the store's customers, Koopman Lumber & Hardware embodies the dedication it takes to make a great home. The family-run franchise stockpiles lumber, tools, and premium paints to carry out any home remodeling project. The staff members also possess a rich well of knowledge that they freely share with clients, whether they're recommending a color of paint to make a living room brighter or the best tools for a DIY project.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Nicolina’s delights accoutrement seekers with a collection of fashion-forward apparel and accessories culled from all over the world. Threads from numerous designers line Nicolina’s product-packed shop, with flirty dresses, animal-print tops, and other apparel starting at $19. Beaded necklaces, pearlescent bracelets, and other jewelry items ($10+) sparkle beneath glass cases, enticing naked limbs to molt their scaly skin and slither into fetching finery instead. Shimmery scarves complement Nicolina’s all-occasion handbags ($35+), which provide ample storage space for loose lip liner, bedazzled PalmPilots, and emergency foghorns.