Though her artistic skill set runs the gamut from Japanese lacquer painting to woodcarving, María Albano's works are united by a common mission—to give homes a unique warmth and character. With that in mind, she works with her clients to design murals that invigorate blasé walls or divert attention away from magic mirrors' endless limericks, and rejuvenates lackluster furniture with faux finishing techniques. Additionally, Ms. Albano offers year-round classes and workshops that equip budding artists with the knowledge and skills to invigorate their own abodes.
An authorized Ace Hardware dealer, Harbor Hardgoods Company equips households and handypersons with a durable selection of tools, paints, and domiciliary goods. Peruse vibrant paint styles from Pratt & Lambert and Ralph Lauren, then apply rich layers of Ralph Lauren interior latex ($12.99/quart) on walls, trim, and doors around your home. Detergent dish soap from Cucina ($10.99) eschews harsh chemicals for all-natural cleaning agents, and purifying hand washes ($21.99) come with nose-piquing scents, blending ginger with sicilian lemon and coriander with olive.
With business interests ranging from deck grills to industrial-level commercial gas service, Blue Gas flows propane to feed any fire. Top off a 20-pound propane tank and attach it to a gas grill or family-size jetpack. Though many gas companies will only fill the tank to 15 pounds, Blue Gas's propane practitioners fill every tank all the way up to 20 pounds, allowing for 2.5 hours of added cooking time and guaranteeing the ability to fully thaw a woolly mammoth’s leg.
Central Comfort Air Conditioning installs and services AC units and maintains ductwork to keep air fresh and AC systems efficient. All of their licensed specialists undergo thorough, up-to-date training before tuning up or repairing air conditioners. Their air-duct cleaning reduces mold, mildew, dust, and other impurities from homes’ circulated air. Twenty-four-hour service allows Central Comfort’s technicians to respond swiftly to emergency calls about Junior—or Senior—finger-painting in the duct again.
Papillon Moving’s staff and networked movers have the experience, materials, and machinery to move objects and boxes large and small. Customers moving into a new home can enlist movers to pack their belongings in protective wrap, load boxes and furniture onto trucks, and place the cargo in their new building or flying plane house. Antiques and pianos pose no problem for the moving staff, nor do glass keepsakes or computer systems. The team schedules moves seven days a week, and are available for both daytime and evening moves. And with a call to one of their partnered auto shipping companies, they can have clients’ automobiles transported both short and long distances, saving owners hours of listening to their minivan’s favorite audio book, a recording of its owner's manual.
The electronics experts at Electric Avenue help guests find the perfect piece of technology, ranging from professional studio lighting equipment to foolproof point-and-shoot cameras. They also stock their shelves with computers, phones, and home-theater gear, as well as gadgets to spruce up cars and audio equipment for DJs. The staff also offer in-store photography lessons, electronics repairs, and free camera cleanings.