Letting strangers into one’s home to clean around valued possessions can be nerve-wracking, which is why Shelby Seck is always happy to point out her pedigree. A resident of Overland Park, she has built her cleaning business through happy customers and word of mouth over the last 24 years, ensuring repeat business with her thorough technique. Her cleaners come prepped to deal with every room in the house by equipping themselves with biodegradable cleaning products. This means they are kind to materials while not irritating pets or children. Shelby's team can even divide their man hours, so one cleaner can come for an hour, two cleaners can come for half an hour, or a million cleaners can show up to make the floor cave in and utterly destroy an orange juice spill.
A finalist for the Governor's Award of Excellence, the office of Drs. Hawks, Besler and Rogers is committed to providing the most precise, comfortable, and efficient vision-enhancers possible to patients. For chic sightseers, the office carries an abundance of sophisticated frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, Vera Bradley, and more. Depending on frame and lens selection, complete pairs of eyeglasses range from $200 to $600. To protect eyes from sunburn and avoid the subsequent need to rub eyes with aloe vera lotion, you can also outfit them with sunshields from designers such as Maui Jim and Oakley.
Tyler Wirken draws on a background in photojournalism to educate novice and intermediate photographers in the art of shutter snapping. Three accessible class options include camera mechanics, which teaches novice shooters how to take advantage of basic camera functions, manipulate exposure, and use flashes to temporarily stun anyone who comes too close to their hidden stashes of Mr. Goodbars. An extensive camera-control class delves deeper into handling exposure and device settings, allowing those who shoot at the intermediate level to manipulate cameras like devious puppeteers. Light-and-composition classes teach how to cast everyone in the best possible light and why white balance isn't appropriate after Labor Day.
Donning Viking hats and oversize sunglasses, partygoers charge into the spacious confines of Booth Crazy's modern photo booths, which eschew the trappings and restrictions of retro nostalgia. Up to 10 prop-clad guests pile in front of the camera at once, making the booths ideal for capturing memories of extended families or duels between two classical quintets. A friendly photographic host sets up and maintains the booth throughout each event, helping attendees compose and create 4"x6" prints or 2"x6" strips, which can be emblazoned with custom designs. Cameras snap unlimited pictures, with their collected images uploaded to the Internet and flash drives for later perusal, printing, and sharing.
“Casual elegance:” those are the two words Margie Fagan’s clients often use to describe the eponymous designer’s work. Since 1985, Margie and her crew have refurbished homes across Kansas City, earning praise from publications such as The Kansas City Star and Kansas City Homes & Gardens along the way. Whether she’s building floor plans from scratch or adding finishing touches to a nearly perfect room, each and every one of the designer’s project’s begins with a consultation—or, more accurately, a Q&A session—in which she’ll determine how the space will be used, what you envision for the space, and your thoughts on Buzz Lightyear wallpaper. From there, Margie will draft floor plans and sketches, present the design to the homeowners, and, finally, bring the agreed-upon work to life.
Beyond transforming houses into homes, Margie also helps clients sell their houses with home staging—a process that can increase the price and speed at which a home is sold.
Recently featured on the popular ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Noonshine Window Cleaning Service employs an army of creative squeegee assassins that have perfected the domestic art of window cleaning and other home maintenance services. With the secret Noonshine window-cleaning solution holstered, workers treat panes to a 10-step process that makes for streak-free glass imbued with magical rain-resistant properties. The company ethos insists upon respect for customers and their property. Standard Noonshine courtesies include confirmation phone calls the day before an appointment, punctual arrival, and tips on avoiding awkward eye contact with sparrows that often nest on second-story sills so they can steal WiFi.
Pairing works by local artists with museum-quality framing, Prairiebrooke Arts is both a gallery and preservation studio. Canvases, sculptures, and intricately blown glass dot the studio's walls and tables, representing handsome finished works available for sale. To help decorate homes and businesses, the gallery's staff performs on-site artistic consultations wherein they discuss with clients which piece would best complement a room's color scheme or its resident stack of old magazines.
An equally discerning eye is cast on each of Prairiebrooke Arts' framing projects. Fine art consultants offer their ideas for how to best frame a photo or piece of art, whether employing gold leaf, French details, or museum-grade preservation materials. Their talents also extend into three-dimensional pieces, which stand inside shadow boxes that display objects such as colorful fishing lures and baby shoes.