A swarm of sock-footed kids climb up inflatable steps to reach the top of a rainbow-colored slide, sliding down in an orderly fashion before bouncing off and running back for another go. At Jumping Jax, children can safely expend energy with abandon, playing in air-filled structures that cushion them when they fall or work together to stage a production of the Icarus myth. The play arena sports a multitude of attractions including a bounce house with a Twister-board floor and two low-hanging ziplines.
Alliance Construction Group keeps building materials from Firestone, Sharkskin, and other name brands on hand, ready to build and remodel anything throughout the Kansas City area. Highly trained technicians insulate walls, build decks, and install siding or settle in to carry out longer-term projects, such as building additions, installing new roofs, and remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. Alliance’s services apply to both private residences and commercial buildings.
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.
Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
The professional painters at 1-888-WOW-1DAY! approach each job with an artist’s eye for detail and a racecar pit crew’s obsession with speed. Arriving at homes or offices in full uniform, the crew implements a simple five-step process that escorts customers from their initial estimate to a final follow-up call in the span of 24 hours. Perfected over the course of two decades, the company’s exhaustive yet snappy system—which maximizes efficiency without sacrificing quality—stems from CEO Brian Scudamore. Brian’s effective, customer-centered business practices also helped him found 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and have earned him notice in publications including Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and Cat Fancy.
Pros Property Management outfits homes throughout the Kansas City area with cost-effective roofing and attic insulation. The technicians, who work year-round, use high-quality materials and perform full cleanup following installations. Snow removal and home remodeling round out their roster of services.