Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
For more than 15 years, the technicians at Total Image have coated car windows with thin tints to protect interior upholstery and belongings without jeopardizing drivers' clear views of road signs and provocative bumper stickers. The shaded films also repel UV rays to shield passengers from excessive heat and skin damage. The team works Monday–Friday and asks that customers schedule their visits up to one week in advance, as appointment times are subject to availability and temporal paradoxes.
Scott Lininger helms the business his father started more than 50 years ago, carrying on a reputation for prompt, thorough service that won Shamrock Overhead Door back-to-back Super Service Awards from Angie's List in 2010 and 2011. Technicians tap into their experience with product lines such as LiftMaster to install, replace, and maintain garage doors for homes and businesses. Since most people work or run errands for the president during the day, Lininger's crew dispatches on evening and weekend appointments to accommodate customers' busy schedules.
X-ray technicians at the local hospital shook their heads at their motionless patient—a mummified bird that had appeared in a lot of Egyptian artifacts set to go up for auction. After the techs confirmed that the bird was genuine, Richard "Jeff" and Amelia Jeffers, owners of Garth's Auctions, couldn't wait to put the important piece of ancient history in their catalog. Amelia Jeffers remembers that in fact, the bird did poorly at auction, as not many people collect mummified Egyptian wildlife. Instead, collectors flock to Garth's Auctions for vintage Americana, local folk art, Oriental rugs, and even real estate.
Since its opening in 1954, Garth's Auctions has appraised and sold thousands of collectibles at auction, but took on newfound enthusiasm and energy in 2006, when the husband-and-wife auctioneer team took it upon themselves to make auctions accessible to everyone. Amelia notes that first-timers should not be intimidated by the auction format, as the price range for items varies widely and auction catalogs list everything from fine art to firearms and novelty toys. She remembers recently auctioning off an antique novelty vampire-slaying kit complete with a wooden stake, garlic flour, and holy water. A large team of certified appraisers also leads scheduled walk-in appraisal days at museums across the country, and are available to appraise antiques in-house or in the ancient ziggurats where they are discovered.
Garth's Auctions has also worked to expand their environmentally-friendly endeavors such as printing catalogs with Forest Stewardship Council–approved recycled paper and replacing old company cars with fuel-efficient hybrids. However, the Jefferses believe that their most important green contribution is their day-to-day collecting and repurposing of antiques that reduce demand for new items.
Signature service: Garage Door Sales And Service
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: We sell LiftMaster door openers and Haas & Clopay doors.
What is one of your signature services? How is it performed?
Garage Door Overhaul: Replacing torsion springs, cables, rollers, drums and bearing plates. This service "refreshes" your garage door by replacing the moving parts that get worn out and keeps the door working optimally.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Educating customers on the difference in a real 2-sided steel door with a dense, polyurethane core insulation versus knock off 2-sided steel doors with polystyrene (Styrofoam) inside. The durability and longevity of a polyurethane core door is much greater and is a much better investment.
What's one tip for first-time customers that will make them feel like regulars?
We are a service-based company, so we make house calls. The one thing I would like customers to know is that we strive to work around your schedule by working after hours and weekends. Even if you have a busy schedule, please don't hesitate to schedule an appointment because we will do every thing we can to make it as pleasurable and seamless as possible.
Cherokee Roofing & Home Restoration's workers don't chase storms, but they do clean up afterward them. They spend a lot of time providing free storm-damage inspections and estimates, and communicating with insurance companies. When it comes time to perform the repairs, they hit the top of their game, with one-day roof, siding, and gutter installations. They even install new windows and paint new siding.
The technicians' skills aren't just on display in the speed and quality of their work, though. They also give expert advice on the tangential matters of roofing, advising homeowners on how a light shade of shingle can make their house seem bigger from outside, while a dark shade will make it feel shorter.