The Midwest Mayhem auto show hosts a colorful collective of roadsters from across the state, sporting tricked-out doors, iridescent rims, and detailed custom paint jobs. Cars bound into the air during the hydraulics contest and dip under the pole for a mini-truck limbo contest. Guests also test their manmade skills at pizza-eating contests and the chocolate-milk chug. Live bands and DJs pump the airwaves full of sound, and judges select the winners from a number of categories, such as best lowrider, best engine, and tastiest hubcap.
WeMow's landscape experts maintain yards and properties with specialized services such as weed removal, seeding treatments, and mowing. During other services, lawn-care specialists can dig their green thumbs into mulch to nourish the yard's soil and to clean up yards when trees sacrifice their leaves as a protest against the bloated contracts given to palm trees. With an eye for shape, color, and placement, landscapers can design gardens and flowerbeds, and create custom-designed organic vegetable gardens of any size. They also plant trees and maintain water features.
When Village Handyman merged with Craftsmen Restoration in 2010, it brought along its 40 years in the home-contracting biz. Yet even with this wealth of experience, the company recognizes the vital importance of continuing education. That's why employees regularly attend internal workshops, industry trainings and certifications, manufacturer seminars, and even regular plant tours so they can truly understand the products they use. Homeowners can ask an insured technician for roof repairs, siding installation, or more complicated projects, such as removing a deck or updating chimney masonry to prevent Santa infestations.
LexArts' parade of painted fiberglass horses—aptly named Horse Mania 2010—is just one example of its tireless effort to raise money to the support the music, visual arts, and creative culture of Kentucky. Eighty-two horses and 56 foals sporting the paint-strokes of local artists, area schoolchildren, and independently minded brushes attracted the eyes of thousands of visitors and raised more than $500,000 for the Public Art Fund, art education programs, and more than 80 local charities.
The garment experts at Emperors Cleaners take meticulous care as they tackle stains and oust wrinkles to render clothes immaculate. The family-owned and operated business welcomes soiled shirts, skirts, and two-piece suits, tending to all of their splotches and smudges in-house where they can oversee every detail. They whisk garments in and out within the same business day for clients whose schedules overflow with board meetings, play dates, and thumb-twiddling competitions.
Locally owned and operated, Good Scents Home & Body Shop treats scent nubs to an array of candles, lotions, soaps, and other smellables crafted in-house from all-natural ingredients. Charm a stubborn schnoz with whiffs from a soy candle made from 100% soybean wax ($8.99), or drape a dermis in custom-mixed bath and body products ($5.99–$9.99) or lotion bars ($5.99).