The experienced crew at A.C.T. Asphalt Specialties has been installing and repairing asphalt and concrete pavements for residential and commercial locales in the Twin Cities for more than 30 years. Freshly poured asphalt driveways ($3,200–$4,500 on average) smoothly replace predecessors laden with unsightly cracks or paved with untractioned gumdrops.
When Mercedes Austin sees a piece of artwork, her imagination immediately breaks it down into pixels and rebuilds it as a tile mosaic. Recently, she executed this process by making a mosaic of a wall mural: She fabricated jagged tiles, arranged them to resemble the original, and grouted the piece together. The resulting mosaic speaks to her intuition as an artist, and also to the years she?s spent honing the craft.
At Mercury Mosaics? studio, Mercedes and a team of ?tile elves? share their passion in two ways: through mosaic classes and custom installations. Classes explore all facets of mosaic creation, from cutting and gluing to grouting tiles into a pattern that resembles a real-life object or fuzzy television screen. Installations, which are fully customized to the client?s specifications, add a distinctive flair to commonly tiled areas such as bathrooms, backsplashes, and fireplaces.
When Layl McDill's daughters were little, she would carry small bricks of polymer clay in her purse for them to play with. Over the years, the pastime evolved into a serious profession for her. Forming ropes of the colorful, malleable material into millefiore canes, McDill honed her skills, creating patterns, pictures from the carefully sliced clay logs. With the help and support of her husband and fellow artist, Josh Blanc, Layl founded Clay Squared to Infinity in 1996, where today she not only creates and displays her own artwork, but also leads classes for clay-curious artists of all ages.
For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Harnessing the power of truck-mounted equipment, Great Guys Cleaning’s bonded and insured team thoroughly cleans everything from carpets and air ducts to chimneys, upholstery, and wood floors. When refreshing carpets, they use eco-friendly products that won’t leave any chemicals behind, while vents and chimneys get scoured free of debris and allergen-producing contaminants with a nylon rotobrush. Their skills also extend to mending tattered carpets and rugs.
Helmed by the Pobuda family for more than 25 years, Village Floor & Wall's skillful services garnered the home supplier a Trillium Award in 2011 for its contributions to a Reggie Award–winning home. Skilled technicians install carpets from Shaw, Stainmaster, and Tuftex to keep uncomfortable tootsies from sneaking out for late-night dalliances on the neighbor’s memory-foam mattress. Alternatively, homeowners can opt to line their dwellings with elegant hardwood, classic tile, or durable laminate. Village Floor & Wall also bedecks domiciles above knee-level with granite and stone countertops and window treatments from Hunter Douglas and Kathy Ireland Home by Alta.