The horticultural experts at Perreault Nursery delight gardeners with a bountiful harvest of blossoms, shrubs, mulch, and outdoor ornamentation. The garden gurus accompany each rose bush or Japanese maple with helpful advice on how to care for the plant before sending it off to college. In addition to its blossoming blooms—grown in Perreault’s own greenhouse—and a plethora of trees and shrubs, the garden depot outfits yards with mulch and stone, custom planters, and ornamental pottery or statuary, including fountains and bird baths. After picking out their new plants, visitors can drop by the nursery’s butterfly house, where hundreds of butterflies flutter amongst babbling brooks, flowers, and benches. Or, for clients who would rather use a trowel to comb their hair instead of raking mulch with it, the professionals offer landscaping services to transform yards into lush oases with creeks, pathways, and beautifully designed flower beds.
Andrea Rajotte started out not as a housecleaner but as a pet-sitter. She gained the confidence of her customers, though, and they began to ask her if she'd help them with housecleaning as well. Now, during appointments, she undertakes tasks that range from scrubbing sinks and toilets to polishing picture frames, knickknacks, or trophies for being the shiniest person in a bowling league. She generally uses the supplies already in each customer’s cabinets, sparing homeowners from dealing with unfamiliar chemicals and scents.
Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
HVAC professional Nick Lupo founded Control Point Heating and Air Conditioning in 2007, after many years of commercial experience. His licensed and insured team’s resume is equally impressive—counting more than 60 years of combined experience at making homes and buildings run more efficiently. They design and install HVAC systems, help reduce energy costs and improve system efficiency and indoor air quality, and use professional diagnostic tools to identify and repair problems.