The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.
The bonded and insured squad of chromatic commandos at Eric's Painting Services travels with a stockpile of professional equipment, coating bland vertical surfaces in high-quality paint. The floor and furniture are lovingly draped with a protective cloth before the team thoroughly repairs any of the walls' small dents, holes, and wormholes. Two coats of paint follow preparation, transforming dull tones into rich, vibrant façades. All tools, tape, and miscellaneous painters are removed from the premises after the service.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
New England Overhead Door seals garage floors in style with layers of durable, abrasion-resistant substances ($6.50/sq. ft.). First, an epoxy underlayer binds tightly to the floor's concrete surface. Then the epoxy is sprinkled with multihued flakes in one of 21 color schemes and slathered with a clear polyurea topcoat that resists heat, chemicals, and the temptation to make cars giggle by poking them in the ribs. The floor's new sleek and shiny skin will stay sealed to the ground and is easily wiped clear of skid marks or oil paintings made with WD-40. Service calls can be scheduled the same day for clients with a sudden and pressing need to impersonate Peggy Fleming by skating around garage floors in their socks.