It’s easier to bond with a new home when its sofas are topped with comfy throw pillows or its walls are decorated with poignant artwork. The design consultants at Jugo Designs understand this important emotional connection potential buyers must feel with their future abodes, leveraging it to stage homes and help them to sell quickly.
Some home stagings are as simple as half-day reshufflings of the sellers’ existing furnishings, adding a few accessories and subtracting a few squatting grandparents here and there. Others require two days’ worth of decor overhaul. Once new owners scoop up homes, the like-new staging furniture—including custom-designed couches and upholstery—goes back to Jugo’s showroom, where customers can snag it for up to 60% off retail prices.
The technicians at E & S Power Washing help transform the home through pulsating showers of pressurized water. High-pressure pumps shoot out focused streams of water that blast dirt, grime, and mildew from the home’s exterior, decks, and walkways. After whisking away surface dirt, technicians can paint, water proof, and seal wooden surfaces. Techs can also clean windows and provide minor cleanup services.
Molly's Pet Grooming's staff keeps dogs, cats, rabbits, and birds looking their best. The groomers use all-natural products during their services, which include everything from flea baths to toenail painting. They also reward furry friends with the occasional all-natural treat.
Though dogs tend to lovingly follow their owners' lead, that's not where the name Me & My Shadow came from. The owners had a dog named Shadow, an american eskimo that began suffering from health problems, including blindness, at an early age. When Shadow became too skittish to take walks around the neighborhood, his owners decided to put a pool in the backyard. Shadow was delighted to swim in it, and for years afterward, it seemed he was happiest during the summer swimming season.
This inspired Me & My Shadow, an indoor pool and recreation center where dogs can exercise and learn to socialize throughout the year. By-appointment swimming sessions are kept private to ensure dogs and owners—who can take a dip, too—feel comfortable. Pet parents can also sign their dogs up for training sessions, which are led by Judy Hales, an experienced trainer who takes a gentle, positive approach to instruction, as opposed to just rolling her eyes at dogs that can't complete their given task.
Manu and Ila Patel decided to share their recipes with others inside Krishna Catering & Restaurant. They stuff dosas (thin crepes) with cheese and vegetables and toss onions and jalapeños into uttapam (thick pancake) mix, creating dishes that helped the eatery earn the Best Vegetarian Restaurant award on the 2012 Detroit A List. Ila also blends Indian and Chinese flavors, dousing cheese cubes in Chinese sauce and sprinkling chili and soy sauces over veggies. Manu and Ila also cart their myriad dishes off site, catering weddings and celebrations held after passing court-mandated polygraph tests.