At Medley Portraits, owner Cassandra Medley creates portraits that capture memories for a lifetime, with a specialization and certification in photographing children with special needs. Cassandra, who has a stepson with autism, sought out extra training because she had difficulty taking her own family portrait. She earned a certification through Special Kids Photography of America, which trained her to interact with kids with special needs such as autism or deafness.
During sessions for children with special needs, Cassandra allows for as much time as the children require—taking unlimited pictures and allowing for unlimited poses to ensure that kids feel comfortable and have fun. Though her specialty is photography for special-needs kids, she happily photographs children of all backgrounds, and is also skilled in high-school-senior portraits and wedding photography.
Pet Supplies Plus’s experts cater to the culinary, recreational, and cleaning needs of their discerning canine clientele. Choose from more than 20 natural dog-food brands, from Holistic Select to Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul. The do-it-yourself dog-wash stations make dog washing easy with spray nozzles and driers, giving home bathtubs a break from canines’ angry feedback letters. A community resource for pet health, the store also partners with local nonprofits to improve the lives of local fur- and feather-covered residents.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Crew Clean-Up & Removal deploys crews of haulers to remove just about anything, from one item to an entire barn loaded with junk such as smaller barns. The haulers purge homes, lawns, garages, and basements of any type of trash, waste, debris, or water-damaged items. Whenever possible, they also recycle eligible materials and drop off items such as furniture, clothes, and housewares at local donation centers.