The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
Helmed by a team of environmental experts—who took part in cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haitian earthquake—GreenPro Environmental helps fortify households against allergens and mold with proprietary nontoxic sealant. When applied to interior household surfaces, the sealant inhibits mold growth, keeping the air free of harmful spores. The team also eliminates dust and allergens from dryer vents and ducting to further enhance interior air quality.
Country Marketplace’s carpentry connoisseurs revive cheery images of classic designs with contemporary handcrafted solid-wood furniture and accessories. Homeowners can hang their hats on a solid-cherry coat tree or dress it as a friend to make parties seem well attended ($99). Race around the office atop the heavy-duty casters of a carved-oak pressback desk chair ($199), or set to work at an antique oak roll-top desk equipped with a pencil tray and an organizer ($449). Young furniture users can dine in an oak Windsor highchair ($149) or chomp bubble pipes and whittle new pacifiers in a Victorian child's rocker ($99).
Shingles have come a long way from their ancient beginnings as adobe and clay slabs held in place by Greek philosophers. Today’s shingles can seal out ice, resist algae, stand up to 130-mile-per-hour winds, and keep homes cooler by deflecting sunrays with specialized reflective granules. Certified Roofing owner Dion Gaines utilizes these advances during a range of roof- and home-repair services. Dion, like the shingles he installs, has come a long way. His father’s remodeling company instilled in him a lifelong love of roofing that survived indoor college life and brought him back to the outdoors. This passion is visible in all aspects of his repair, maintenance, and inspection services. When replacing gutters, Dion offers clients a choice of 17 colors, as well as aluminum and copper. He can underlay shingles so they lay flat against the roof, keeping out rain, ice, cheetahs, or wind that travels as fast as a cheetah. Additionally, he maintains a clean, safe job site during each chimney cleaning, inspection, and roof repair by constantly picking up spare debris.
Roberta Dehman Hershon founded Hope in Bloom after her lifelong friend and fellow gardener died of breast cancer in 2005. The organization designs and installs indoor and outdoor gardens at the homes of Massachusetts residents who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer. With gardens tailored to each individual's living space and lifestyle, they serve as tranquil sanctuaries and have helped improve the quality of life for women and men with breast cancer and their families during what is often a stressful time.
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