Five Star Home Improvement Company's home-repair specialists are always thinking of their mother—Mother Earth, that is. The team of specialists is experienced in all manner of home repairs, from installing new roofs to insulating attics, but they focus their efforts in sustainability and energy-conservation services. BPI-certified staff members can inspect every nook and cranny of customers' homes or office buildings in search of energy leaks, and they offer suggestions post inspection to curtail needless waste. Specialists can also prevent energy inefficiencies with a number of services, including new window installations that keep cold weather out while allowing residents to spy on the neighbors they suspect may be aliens in disguise.
After the Cedar Rapids Parade of Homes honored Jason Buresh's well-groomed yard with its Curb Appeal award, Buresh decided to capitalize on his landscaping talent. In January of 2000, he established Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care. Although Buresh earned a formal degree in applied science and agricultural marketing from Kirkwood Community College, his lawn-care education actually started in childhood, when he honed his knowledge of plants and landscape design on his family’s farm. Today, Artistic Landscaping and Lawn Care creates lush, green lawns with aeration, dethatching, fertilizing, seeding, and mowing services. The company also installs greenery and retaining walls to beautify yards or keep out roving bands of lawn flamingos.
The expert mechanics at Hill Motorbikes service 50cc–250cc mopeds and scooters from companies such as Lance Powersports, Puma Cycles, and BMS MotorSports. Safety-conscious riders can pick up a new helmet from the store to defend their craniums from bumps, scrapes, and segway-riding sharks ($50–$100), or order an oil change that douses engines and rear ends in lubricant to keep street prowlers purring ($35). Bike bosses kick off tune-ups with a test drive to check on-road performance before cosseting crafts with an oil change, a sparkplug replacement, and an inspection and adjustment of the valves, carburetor, brakes, and clutch ($75). Hill Motorbikes' knowledgeable staff can also dispense useful advice, such as how to winterize your bike by teaching it to hibernate in a hollowed stump.
Carpetland USA drapes floors in high style with a wide selection of tiles, laminates, hardwood, and carpets from popular brands such as Shaw, Mohawk, and Mannington. Carpets can tie together a stuffy walk-in closet (starting at $0.89/sq. ft.), and vinyl acts as a bulletproof vest for kitchens prone to blender explosions and bullet spills (starting at $0.79/sq. ft.). Alternately, homeowners looking to catch feet with hardwood can choose from a range of exotic woods, including acacia and tigerwood (starting at $4.99/sq. Ft.).
Real Deals on Home Decor stays open two days a week, a rarefied time frame that suits its weekly changing collection of funky, one-of-a-kind clocks, wall art, lamps, mirrors, and other adornments. Every Thursday and Saturday, owners Danielle and Angela open the shop's doors to customers scouring the land for curious knick-knacks or creative holiday decorations. The domicile-decorating spot also carries Coaster Occasional chairs.