Hear that snoring? Those are clients of the Storhouse @ Paxton Street, sleeping soundly because they know their belongings are safe and sound. Beyond the facility's gates lie temperature-controlled storage units under 24-hour video surveillance, much like a museum's valuable artwork or a dog's most beloved bone. Sprinklers stand at the ready in case of a sudden fire, and insurance is available to cover any other possible mishaps. Customers can procure moving and shipping supplies from the onsite manager, who also ensures that staff signs for deliveries and notifies clients that they've arrived.
"My first question to a client is always: ‘How will you be using the space?’" explains Pam Fleming, the showroom manager at Day or Night Home & Hearth Services. Patio Pam, as she’s known to her customers, coworkers, and fellow CIA agents, walks visitors through every step necessary to design a perfect outdoor living space. Pam and her staff can help you choose eye-catching and functional patio furniture, grilling islands, and fire pits, and they can also tackle such installation-related tasks as completing gas piping and conversions or laying down tiles. In addition to their helpful design team, the store prides itself on the fact that nearly 90% of the products in their showroom are made in America.
Thomas Richard has one boss—the client. The owner of TRS Designs, Inc does everything he can to bring each client's vision for their home to life, from helping to select materials for a project to completing a full kitchen remodel. He also offers homeowners a list of cabinetry products that are tested for their quality, value, and ability to transport pots and pans to the past through built-in wormholes.
Using his own two hands, Bryan Fulop has customized more than 1,000 closets. His decade of experience gives Bryan a practiced eye for efficient design. He knows how to maximize a space’s utility while also creating spaces for different categories of items, which makes it easy to find just the belt or mountain of soy-sauce packets you’re looking for. In addition to making over bedroom storage spaces, My Custom Closet tackles cluttered garages and laundry rooms, installing cabinetry and shelves to hold cleaning supplies or sports equipment. If a closet owner isn’t happy with an organization feature, Bryan drops by to fix or replace it, fulfilling his 100% customer-satisfaction guarantee.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Since 1919, the knowledgeable staff at Wilson Lighting and Interiors have illuminated thousands of lamps, fixtures, and lighting accessories for customers. Set a shabby-chic parlor aglow with a distressed lamp base ($53), perhaps topping it with a classic hand-stitched Canterbury lampshade ($74). Nightlights ($11.50) comfort nocturnal pets and boogeymen banished to dark closets. Beacons for all purposes await dusky corners in the comprehensive bulb department, including three-way bulbs ($3.60) and full-spectrum bulbs ($17) that form a perfect spotlight for the prima-donna hand of the after-dinner puppet show.