The Greensman's crack team of garden maintainers safeguards yards from colorless springs and chaotic appearances with both planting and cleaning services. Banish bothersome leaves and debris from autumnal kingdoms with a fall clean up led by a duo of Greensman’s garden-cultivating knights. The two-hour cleaning clears twigs and limbs, cleans up perennials, and hacks unruly bear-shaped hedges back into well-mannered topiaries. Though Greensman staffers can tidy up landscapes with a number of tools, the use of special equipment—including Bobcats, chainsaws, and T-shirt cannons filled with fertilizer—is not included.
Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
Backed by liability insurance, Gutter Shield's experts clamber atop roofs like residential superheroes, drawing on more than 15 years to professionally clean and install gutters. The outfit's proprietary Gutter Shield system uses surface tension to safeguard against up to 12 inches of downpour. When installed professionally, Gutter Shield comes with a lifetime guarantee to protect against malfunctions, such as gutters that only work when wearing water wings. DIY-ers can also purchase supplies and install the system themselves.
For more traditional solutions to cats and dogs downpour, patrons can turn to Gutter Shield’s seamless gutters, screens, and covers. Techs can also clean existing gutter systems, removing blockages of leafy debris and runaway cats trying to escape the clingy embrace of tree branches.
For more than 16 years, Bear Contracting LLC has been building houses, keeping offices running with electric wiring, and wending sprinkler systems through lawns, all with the goal of treating clients as family. Crews of licensed and insured handypersons tackle all manner of home-rehab projects, from installing industrial plumbing fixtures to filling waterbeds with decorative jellyfish. Teams march undaunted into complex renovations as well, slapping intricate decks onto homes or outfitting exteriors with paint or aluminum siding. To aid the do-it-yourselfer, the company authors a home-improvement blog with advice on how to buy quality floor tile or how to stuff an entire house into a single travel carry-on.
In 1988, potter Michael Smith invited a small group of peers to his home to share ideas and further explore the art of clay manipulation. After just a few meetings, the group quickly grew to include around 70 craftspeople, who started meeting at the Kansas City Art Institute instead of inside Smith's giant conch shell. These regular get-togethers laid the groundwork for the initial incarnation of KC Clay Guild, a place where artists could socialize, buy materials in bulk, and learn from one another.
Now, the volunteer-run co-op is even larger. It occupies its own facility and has vastly expanded the number of services it provides. Amidst the changes, KC Clay Guild has remained true to its initial goals, guided by a mission statement to support the clay community. Artists of all skill levels enroll in classes that cover an array of techniques, such as wheel throwing, hand building, and slip casting. Members take part in regular meetings, open-studio time, and monthly shows, and visiting artists stop by to lead workshops and repair their ceramic automobiles. The guild even offers a scholarship to high-school seniors and hosts birthday parties, team-building exercises, and family-fun nights for casual potters.
When Joe Zwillenberg bought Westport Flea Market Bar & Grill, he preserved "an irreplaceable piece of the city's character," according to the Pitch, which dubbed him Kansas City's Best Local Hero in 2006. Thanks to Joe, the close to 30-year-old establishment—which had been marked for takeover by a national chain—is still churning out its famous 10-ounce burgers today. Made with ground Prime cuts of Kansas City strip steak and fillet from McGonigle's Market, the hearty handhelds earned CityVoter's Best Burger awards in 2008 and 2009 and were featured on Food Network's Meat & Potatoes in 2010. Diners can customize each time-honored patty with onions, pickles, or shredded historical documents from the condiments table.
The eatery—which is nestled within a bustling flea market—also offers 44 beers on tap, live music, and a game room with pool tables, foosball, and an arcade. It is also the home of the Tiger Club of Kansas City's weekly luncheons, which boast high-profile speakers from the world of sports.