At the helm of CrossFit Lawrence is owner Thomas Thatcher. Certified in everything from CrossFit to USA Weightlifting and CPR, he also relies on his experience as a black belt to lead CrossFit classes that are equally eclectic. During those classes, Thatcher and his team of certified instructors guide participants through daily workouts that incorporate varied, functional movements. They get participants flipping giant tractor tires, lifting weights, and throwing medicine balls, all of which use everyday movements and work every muscle group. Their encouraging shouts rattle the walls of the brand-new 6,000-square-foot facility, which brims with a massive bouldering wall and $30,000 worth of CrossFit gear.
Since 1957, Reddi Services’ EPA-certified contractors have held a high standard of maintaining air-conditioning and plumbing systems, working to proactively prevent minor malfunctions from spiraling into emergencies. Should emergencies arise, however, their 24-hour emergency line can dispatch staffers to minimize the damage from floods or overheating. Highly trained technicians also resolve less pressing issues by clearing gunk from pipes, repairing septic tanks, and ensuring that air conditioners keep inhabitants cool without spewing out flavorless popsicles.
For the last 20-plus years, Parking Connection’s asphalt and driveway specialists have expertly executed services such as asphalt overlays and pothole repairs. They operate heavy machinery such as 2-ton rollers to ensure smooth surfaces, mend cracks in concrete with a rubberized filler, and apply seal coats to maintain driveways. Parking-lot cleanups and stripes painting, as well as snow removal, are all specialties of theirs.
For more than 60 years, Zeke's Paint & Design Centers have been outfitting do-it-yourselfers with the paints and tools they need to give their homes chromatic makeovers. Zeke's preferred brand of paint, Benjamin Moore, can be mixed to perfectly match the preexisting colors on walls or breathe new life into boring pieces of Renaissance artwork. The store's commitment to professional-grade products doesn't stop at paint; finely bristled brushes, rollers, and supplies from brands such as Purdy and Corona ensure even coats and minimize the need for later touchups. Resident experts share helpful tips for do-it-yourself projects and can even point visitors in the direction of trusted professionals for more complex jobs, such as re-creating The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of a dog's house.
The expert tailors at Alterations By Sarah take great care in changing the way clothing fits to reflect the metamorphosis of each client. Weight-related alterations are a specialty, so whether clients have recently lost inches of waist from a bout of avian pants flu or gained a few pounds, Sarah will return their tweaked, trimmed, and torqued threads to body-complementing shape. Alterations such as back-to-school tailoring or vintage clothing fitting are personally guaranteed by the master cloth transmogrifier herself, and each location offers dry-cleaning services to keep vestments looking sharp.
Larry Wilson has always had a mind for machines, from dismantling and reassembling his grandmother's toaster as a child, to stints as a computer repairman and commercial kitchen-equipment builder. Today, Wilson installs and repairs the inner workings of air conditioners, furnaces, and thermostats. The mechanical savant also travels throughout east central Kansas to install air cleaners, replace air filters, and tune up lukewarm water heaters.