In his former role as a C-130 crew chief in the air force, Bryan Ruiz fostered a keen eye for details. Now, Ruiz and his team of licensed and insured handymen draw on his hard-earned focus and discipline as they apply the "one customer at a time" approach to residential and commercial work.
Technicians at 1st Coast Painting & More can also perform a range of home-maintenance services. The company's pressure cleanings purge homes, driveways, and sidewalks; drywall services add finishing touches to rooms; and crown-molding installation can help dens feel less inferior to master bedrooms.
Drawing inspiration from a 1988 Grateful Dead concert, Midnight Sun packs its 5,000-square-foot space with uncommon imports ranging from jewelry and gemstones to furniture and décor, all handpicked in far-flung locales. Equip earlobes for bighorn ram battles with hand-carved tribal horn earrings from Bali ($18–$38) or carry your own Hindu deity wherever you go on a sterling-silver pendant, hand-painted in India with intricate illustrations of Shiva, Ganesh, Buddha, Durga, Krishna, Kali, and Aum ($23–$34). Earthy handmade photo albums from Bali wrap recollections in bamboo, lamtoro, teak, and banana-leaf covers ($22–$32) for safekeeping pictures of family, friends, and pet flying saucers. Decorate the air with the sound waves of bamboo and coconut wind chimes in a slew of designs, such as a crane, dragon, or elephant ($12–$32). All prices listed above include shipping.
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the blank, premade pottery at Doing Dishes draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $7 and $60, and all merry potters are assessed a modest studio fee of $6, which covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself.
The specialists at Mr. Frame It take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their physical embodiments—from artworks and photographs to prized sports souvenirs. They draw on more than 1,000 samples from brands such as Larson-Juhl to create custom frames that either serve as focal points or blend in with room decor. In addition to encasing children’s artwork and family portraits, the staff stretches canvases, mounts mirrors, and builds shadow boxes to house awards and first-edition time-share brochures.
The committed technicians at uBreakiFix restore fragile pocket appliances and entertainment consoles with an arsenal of original manufacturers' OEM parts and 15-minute service times. The repair team reunites customers with fresh new screens for HTC Evo 4G, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3G smartphones along with 90-day warranties. While waiting for trusty telephones, customers can enjoy lounging in a comfortable waiting area with TV screens and friendly staff members who serve caviar and wear tuxedo T-shirts. In addition to screen replacement, the circuit surgeons can provide water-damage diagnostics for iPads, game consoles, and Apple computers that have been waterlogged after haphazardly trying to surf the web.