Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
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.
Bagettes allows customers to personalize their bags by incorporating their own photos and text into the design. Constructed from satin fabric and featuring a black nylon lining, the medium cosmetic bag is 8"x5", giving it the volume to handle makeup, toiletries, and several hamsters. Images are embedded into the fibers of the bags rather than applied superficially to the surface, helping prevent fading, precluding peeling over time, and making the bags practical and durable ways to preserve special moments and to broadcast hilarious personal slogans. Images—from endearing shots of family members and pets to psychedelic portraiture of famous flightless birds—are submitted using the Bagettes website and can be cropped, resized, and rotated to fit the customer's precise specifications. The site also allows the addition of text to any image, with more than 200 fonts with which to write special messages, personalized captions, and high-level cryptography.
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.
The professional painters at 1-888-WOW-1DAY! approach each job with an artist’s eye for detail and a racecar pit crew’s obsession with speed. Arriving at homes or offices in full uniform, the crew implements a simple five-step process that escorts customers from their initial estimate to a final follow-up call in the span of 24 hours. Perfected over the course of two decades, the company’s exhaustive yet snappy system—which maximizes efficiency without sacrificing quality—stems from CEO Brian Scudamore. Brian’s effective, customer-centered business practices also helped him found 1-800-GOT-JUNK, and have earned him notice in publications including Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, and Cat Fancy.
Nestled in Kansas City’s quaint West Plaza Arts and Antiques shopping district, Hook Gallery & Framing premieres local and regional artists by hosting their photographs, paintings, and mixed-media pieces, ranging from sculpture to large-scale installations. In addition to displaying work from up-and-coming artists, they preserve treasured photographs and paint-by-numbers portraits with custom framing services boasting more than 500 frame and mat options. The framers also rent out their charming venue for small-scale social events, such as anniversary celebrations and birthday parties.