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 repair specialists behind Mr. Appliance understand that clients should feel comfortable letting repairmen into their homes. That’s why before every job, homeowners receive a confirmation email with a picture of the uniformed, background-checked technician assigned to address their appliance needs. Upon arrival, the serviceman assesses each job by interviewing troubled appliances and recording the results on an iPad. Homeowners then get to see a detailed quote so they understand the work that needs to be done. Experienced with all brands, the technicians begin by securing the work area, putting on shoe covers, and laying down mats before repairing appliances that range from refrigerators to washing machines.
Beyond in-home service, they also supply clients with resources such as online repair manuals and use-and-care tips. They also adhere to an S.O.S—service on your schedule—policy, letting clients secure appointments through online booking.
The horticultural experts at Perreault Nursery delight gardeners with a bountiful harvest of blossoms, shrubs, mulch, and outdoor ornamentation. The garden gurus accompany each rose bush or Japanese maple with helpful advice on how to care for the plant before sending it off to college. In addition to its blossoming blooms—grown in Perreault’s own greenhouse—and a plethora of trees and shrubs, the garden depot outfits yards with mulch and stone, custom planters, and ornamental pottery or statuary, including fountains and bird baths. After picking out their new plants, visitors can drop by the nursery’s butterfly house, where hundreds of butterflies flutter amongst babbling brooks, flowers, and benches. Or, for clients who would rather use a trowel to comb their hair instead of raking mulch with it, the professionals offer landscaping services to transform yards into lush oases with creeks, pathways, and beautifully designed flower beds.
The owners of Design Centers share their passion for artisan jewelry and accessories, assembling an international selection of pieces handcrafted from materials such as precious metals, gemstones, and fine fibers. They also support craftsmen through working with fair-trade merchants and donating a portion of their proceeds toward select nonprofit programs.
The helpful staff at Armandos' all-purpose boutique has dedicated almost 30 years to the hawking of high-end men’s apparel, shoes, and accessories. Sharp shirts by Smash drape comfortably over taut torsos ($79–$99), and a wide selection of designer ties serve as elegantly patterned upper-body ornaments ($29–$49). Instead of carrying a puppy around the office, bosses aiming for the "approachable" look can assemble an outfit with a Steven Land dress shirt ($49–$59), a Stacey Adams ascot ($29), and jeans from Buffalo ($79–$99). Head and toe swaddlings include snappy hats from Bailey ($49–$69) and protective foot fortresses from Giorgio Brutini ($59–$89). Armandos also touts an epic selection of fragrant colognes ($39–$99), which can be used to impress the onsite tailor, who is always available to shape threads to body types of all stripes.