In business since 1907, the fourth-generation dud detergers at Meier Cleaners oust drab soils from dazzling wardrobes. Enzyme-based soaps help keep whites white and colors bright enough to skip shades on the color chart. Bring in a two-piece suit ($13.50), a pair of pants ($7.75), or a sweater ($8.50) for a new lease on sartorial life after a gentle, yet firm, cleaning. Meier Cleaners also restore wedding frocks to pristine states, turning back the clock to a time when they dreamed of finding a cute tuxedo to marry.
The friendly folks behind Y-Knot Embroidery stitch and screenprint names, logos, or favorite phrases onto a range of accessories and clothes for individuals, businesses, teams, and volunteer groups. The staff can personalize any accessory or article of attire—which can include brightly colored tees, hats, coats, and work-worthy button-ups—in their entire inventory. They can spiff up a polo shirt with an embroidered monogram, or distract potential thieves hoping to steal your beach bag with a screen-printed math problem.
To give back to their community, the staffers promote cancer awareness, stocking items such as Kid’s Cancer Storys, which benefits Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Institute.
Come rain, snow, or sleet, the experts at Advanced Seasonal Innovations roll out a contemporary method to conquer the elements. Their Liquid Snow Shovel solution eradicates dangerous winter ice, and the eco-friendly Safe Seal fills in cracks in asphalt, protecting driveways from future weather damage. Whereas Control landscape fabric keeps weeds at bay, Thrive All-Natural Flower Booster does the opposite—it encourages blossoms to flourish.
The sharp smell of evergreen sap fills the air as emerald-green needles stir together in the wind. Brian Bosch and his wife Cim preside over seedlings and transplants of species such as firs, spruces, and pines at their tree farm at Bosch’s Countryview Nursery, Inc. During November and December, the cold breath of visitors drifts in clouds among Christmas trees. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the holiday season, guests climb into a hay wagon pulled by horses, their hooves making the gentle beat of a shy drummer. Hot beverages and snacks warm hands among the long ranks of trees, which staff members or visitors can cut down.
The IICRC-certified cleaners at Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning of Holland have rid carpets of grime with hot-water extraction and biodegradable cleaners since 1986. After clients point out problem areas, specialists prevacuum each plagued patch and apply detergent presprays to suspend soils from carpet fibers. Next, high-efficiency, truck-mounted cleaning systems eradicate the raised pollutants with hot water before technicians groom carpet fibers to achieve a clean-cut look akin to any of Dwight Eisenhower's cabinet members. Once carpets have been rendered spot-free, clients should avoiding treading on them until they are dry, which can take up to six hours—the exact time it takes to build a carpet loom out of popsicle sticks and shoelaces.
A member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, Advanced Chimney Sweeps has kept fireplaces and chimneys in safe, working condition for more than a decade. The licensed and insured sweeps' services range from clearing the flue of soot, bird nests, and other obstructions to repairing water damage and replacing liners. With their help, homeowners can rest assured that their fireplace and chimney are as safe for inhabitants as possible, limiting the chance of starting a house fire or being sucked up the chimney into a newly formed black hole.