SteamDry Complete Carpet Care's troop of clean-cut technicians expunges fibers of lingering stains with powerful, truck-mounted cleaning units. Scrubbing specialists relocate furniture obstructions in living and dining areas before cleansing carpets of dust, dirt, and food stains tracked in by gorging bands of dusty dirt-bikers. Deeply buried odors and bacteria abscond during a meticulous sanitizing-and-deodorizing step, and an all-over application of 3M Scotchgard protects absorbent strands from future oil- and water-based stains. The cleansing process takes less than an hour, and sopping shag typically dries in fewer than 24 hours, though the drying duration can change based on outside humidity and temperature, carpet density, and the presence of dining-room slip 'n' slides.
Twenty-six years ago, working mother Karen Scott had a light-bulb moment. She envisioned a one-stop children's clothing, toy, and furniture emporium. Karen and her husband set up shop in their garage, connecting new moms and dads to high-quality baby clothes, nursery furniture, and educational toys. They meticulously researched products before creating their own catalogue, and as a result watched their enterprise blossom into a lucrative online business. Today, One Step Ahead employs their own in-house design team responsible for exclusive labels of kidswear such as Cozy Cub winter wear Sun Smarties swimwear and summer gear.
Regular meetings with a Parents' Panel keep One Step Ahead designers in touch with the needs of modern parents. Seeking out their input has led the design team to create products such as a fleece-lined car seat for comfortably toting a baby in cold weather and a hanging closet organizer for managing a child's superhero identities.
Husband-and-wife team Molly and Kerry Lovell fortify homes’ structures and beautify their exteriors with services honed by more than 25 years of industry experience. The duo’s passion for maintaining homesteads extends to the study of repairing and installing plumbing, fixing electrical systems, woodworking, and constructing undetectable swiveling bookcases. Together with a hand-selected roster of tradespeople—including Molly’s brother, a master tile setter of 30 years—the Lovells venture into homes and battle disrepair. The fully insured and licensed team of wood, fabric, and metal manipulators travels from home to home strengthening pipework and paint jobs after drafting a free estimate whenever possible. Homeowners seem satisfied, since the company was voted one of 2012's and 2013's Best Handyman Services by Northwest Herald readers.
Grand Frame Inc, an Arlington Heights establishment since 1974, corrals more than 3,000 frames, posters, and display museum cases in its 8,000 square-foot space. Gary Grana, the framery's cofounder, holds two patents in framing technology and has passed his passion for the industry to several members of his family who now guide customers through framing options for sports memorabilia, wedding photos, and lovingly audited tax documents. In addition to carefully inspecting every project that goes through the shop, Gary's expert staff also doles out frame-hanging services to help complete customers' decor. Over the years, the store has continuously evolved its services by offering LCD TV framing and Grand Gone Green products, a signature line that embraces an eco-friendly approach to picture framing.
Established in December of 2000, The Framers Edge safeguards artwork, photographs, and keepsakes with quality framing materials in a range of styles and designs. Paintings rest behind polished glass, photos reside within metallic frames, and 3-D objects such as athletic jerseys and slightly used surgical gloves maintain their luster inside shadowboxes. Custom framing projects also include conservation framing, as well as canvas stretching and transfers.