The bonded and insured cleaner behind Nancy's Cleaning Service distills 15 years of experience into each residential and commercial job she tackles. Before obliterating grime, she consults with occupants to determine their specific needs, avoiding scenarios where her skills are underutilized or she's tasked to clean a kitchen in a building that doesn't have a kitchen. Nancy uses her own supplies, and her passion for cleanliness is on display in homes that have been thoroughly dusted and vacuumed, with the beds properly made and the baseboards scrubbed.
Dutch Shine Window Cleaning founder and Amsterdam native Will van der Meer has been scrubbing grime from domestic glass since 1994. During a standard window-washing ($4–$7/window; extra $1/pane for French windows), his staff of lintel whisperers carefully cleans each pane inside and out, wipes tracks, and rinses screens, rendering windows invisible to even bifocaled birds. Alternately, power-washing ($75/hr) can absterge decks, siding, and outdoor pizza-ovens with its highly focused spray, and gutter cleaning ($1.20/foot) transforms gunked-up gutters and downspouts into glitzy aquatic thoroughfares. After a visit from Dutch Shine, homes' twig-, smudge-, and mildew-free surfaces cast a radiant glow, impressing neighbors and causing nearby squirrels to don tiny aviator sunglasses.
The painters at A Touch of Class Painting will gladly redo a room in pristine white, but they have a soft spot for rich, warm color. With 20 years of experience behind them, they can recommend appealing color combinations for interior and exterior walls, from subtle two-tone schemes to bright, bull-resistant reds. Once on the job, workers focus on neat edges and thorough cleanup.
The Colorado School of Acting's directors, Elizabeth Horne and Troy Horne, combine their dual loves of stage and screen to impart acting chops to students of all ages and experience levels. Elizabeth—who has acted in more than 25 plays and 12 movies—and Troy—a sitcom and film producer who appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award–winning musical Rent—staff their team with veteran acting instructors, each of whom have more than 10 years of experience in the biz. During their classes, they teach students to focus and perform under a variety of circumstances, with workshops in subjects ranging from improv and commercial work to audition skills and voiceovers. They welcome kids for acting summer camps, where they introduce fundamentals of memorization, character development, and rehearsal. Instructors also help thespians develop with more advanced training, including filmmaking summer camps for kids, and a certificate program for all age levels that requires students to audition or present a signed permission slip from David Schwimmer.
5280 Window’s technicians mend and replace windows and screens for residences and workplaces of all kinds. From clearing foggy class and patching cracks to installing storm windows and doors to safeguard historic sites, their services keep buildings looking as fresh as the day the construction stork delivered them.
The SteamWork LLC van and its accompanying technicians arrive at homes ready to spruce up floors and detail cars with precision. Using enzymes and deodorizers from brands such as Prochem and One Step, they can comb carpets to rid them of dirt, stains, debris, and allergens. They also swab cars with products that include Gold Class shampoo, Meguiar’s Wax, and clay bars to recreate the showroom shine. SteamWork specializes in additional treatments for the car and home that range from 3M automobile window tinting to home tile and grout cleaning.