Elite Rehab Institute’s chiropractors, acupuncturists, massage therapists, and physical therapists may not share the same specialties, but they all have one thing in common: a belief in the efficacy of holistic medicine. At each of the clinic’s six locations, staffers work together to relieve aches and pains caused by conditions such as stress, asthma, and arthritis. Their multidisciplinary approach ensures care from multiple doctors at a decreased cost as well as access to advanced treatments. Chief among these treatments are active-release technique—a soft-tissue massage that relieves pain in overused muscles—and the four-step ideal-protein weight-loss program, which helps shed pounds by stabilizing blood sugars and injecting muscles with daily shots of helium.
If the licensed, bonded, and insured plumbers at Captain Rooter Plumbing know two things, it's that a bratwurst makes a terrible wrench and that a good customer relationship is based on trust. That's why they back up all of their water-heater repairs and drain-clearing services with a satisfaction guarantee. The team further demonstrates their commitment to quality by fielding emergency leaks, clogs, and other issues 24 hours a day.
Best Cabinets fashions custom furnishings, built-ins, and more using handpicked lumber from the company's 100 acres of Wisconsin woodlands. Each log is cut at Best Cabinets' in-house sawmill, where wood is air-dried, then placed in a dehumidifier kiln to reduce it to 6%–8% humidity—the optimum moisture content for cabinet making. From these carefully prepared raw materials, Best Cabinets' well-trained plank whisperers build custom furniture ($200+) and kitchen cabinets ($200+) using decorative hardware ($5+) to create handsome hiding places for stashes of collectible Funyuns.
With its wooden wall planks that stretch upward to a vaulted skylight, Racine Plumbing’s interior could have been carved from the trunk of an enormous oak tree. If this were truly the case, that tree’s concentric rings would tell the century-old tale of A.L. Racine, who opened the space in 1892 as the headquarters for his booming plumbing company. The multi-generational business lasted well into the 1980s before its coffers were finally drained. Still, A.L. Racine’s legacy lives on in the faucets that now pump draft beers for sports-loving crowds. Racine Plumbing’s new owners have done everything they can to create a “refined sports bar” that stays true to the building’s history. To that end, they have kept the same name and go to great lengths to ensure that their taps never clog. Head chef Rob Mulvenna does his part to foster an upscale environment, inventing unusual gourmet dishes such as fried oyster tacos, quinoa veggie wraps, and half-pound burgers with grilled pineapple and pickled jalapeno. Guests can stop by earlier in the day to sample Mulvenna’s brunch benedict with duck confit or catch a game of speed-knitting on one of the bar’s many flat-screen TVs.
When Ronald Wagster first opened Harmonious Decorating & Remodeling, Inc. in 1983, it was known as Ron's Decorating Service. Until 2007, he and his staff stuck mostly to home painting. But in 2008, they expanded their service list to encompass every aspect of construction and remodeling, including electrical and plumbing work. Today, the employees continue to remodel, waterproof, and even paint homes, all the while adhering strictly to EPA standards.
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.