Although STLiPhoneRepair owner Brad Miller loves Apple products—he’s the proud parent of an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook—he became frustrated with Apple’s pricey repairs and penchant for recommending that customers simply buy replacements. Consequently, he learned to fix common issues himself, focusing on the third generation of iPhones and beyond.
Today, he and his staff have repaired more than 1,000 iPhones and more than 100 iPod Touches. Inside their St. Peters shop, they alleviate stressful tech troubles with screen, dock-connector, and rear-panel repairs and replacements performed exclusively with original-manufacturer parts. They often complete jobs the same day and also offer mail-in service for customers who don’t want to travel or are too nervous to sit through their cell phone’s surgery. Whether the work is local or long-distance, the company is serious about customer care, including a 90-day warranty with every repair.
The team at Jerry Kelly Heating and Air Conditioning embodies the adage that if something isn’t broken, don’t fix it. For 35 years, the company has occupied the same brick building in Frenchtown. Of the original seven-person staff, most can still be found at the company today. Now, though the team has grown to more than 50 members, each service technician is still NATE- and NCI-certified and rigorously trained in proper procedures and safety. Aside from repairing and maintaining all kinds of HVAC equipment, technicians stay on call 24 hours a day for clients’ emergency services or suggestions for midnight snacks.
Beyond its tile mosaic and granite façade, Water Street's chefs create dinners from locally acquired ingredients. Modern and retro decorations backdrop bartenders as they fill delicate vintage coupes and other glassware with beers, wines, and cocktails, such as the vintage cocktail of the week. They also mix mainstays such as the Immortal Clay by shaking together tequila, cherry heering, and agave nectar. Dinnertime brings a menu of dishes such as polenta with sauteed mushrooms, chicken pot pie enveloped in a puff pastry, and golden trout layered with bacon over a white bean ragout with green beans. The kitchen also stays open late, whipping up deviled eggs, dates stuffed with goat cheese, and other bar noshes.
The professional renaissance folks at Parker's Services, Inc. keep abodes in working order with a wide-ranging slate of home improvement services that include everything from landscaping and painting to flooring and carpentry. The contractors help homeowners whittle away at household to-do lists and neutralize anxieties about shaggy lawns, peeling paint, or cracked drywall. The team schedules routine visits, perfect for keeping lawns under control all year-round, or one-time engagements typical of major jobs such as repairing plumbing, installing drywall, or sitting in for you at this month's book club.
For more than 50 years, the hard-working, insured staff at Beckner Painting & Contracting has gussied up homes and offices throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area. On top of interior and exterior painting and refinishing, the business oversees contracting jobs, such as remodeling kitchens cabinetry and replacing four types of windows to suit different budgets. Technicians arrive at residences ready to tackle many forms of maintenance work, including plumbing, electric, and HVAC.
Female-owned Handylady Services can do everything a typical handyman service can do?perhaps even better. The woman behind the business got acquainted with hands-on work at a young age by helping out around the construction sites where her father worked. Later on, she developed her skills even more by earning a degree in construction management. Today, she leads a team of skilled women and men to tackle painting, mowing, electrical work, and other tasks that improve life inside homes or tree houses commandeered from neighborhood children.