Whenever Doug Hetsch's chimney sweeps head out, they always tote along a bag of toys. On his most memorable job, Hetsch snuck one of them up the flue when the homeowner's child—who'd been watching them work—wasn't looking. When the toy tumbled out minutes later, Hetsch picked it up and said casually, "Yeah, these things fall out of Santa's bag all the time." The little girl nearly hyperventilated. Overwhelmed by the experience, and amazed that chimney sweeps were allowed to get dirt on their faces, she ran after Hetsch as he left, saying she wanted to be a chimney sweep when she grew up.
Hetsch expects this kind of service from his crew, all of whom are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. A pilot in his spare time, Hetsch trains his team to deliver service with the diligence of an aviator—always well groomed, crisply uniformed, and able to explain complicated terms in plain, direct language. Using a closed-circuit video scanner, teams create a digital image of each chimney's interior to more accurately assess the job. Based on these renderings, they can adjust cleaning methods, as well as recommend services to bring chimneys up to or beyond current building codes. All American Chimney Service works on smokestacks up to 100 years old, ensuring a safe conduit for smoke or the ghosts of logs originally chopped by Teddy Roosevelt.
Whether planning a child’s birthday or seeing if a bouncy ball can ricochet forever, Heads Up Inflatables provides the final ingredient for nonstop fun. Besides fanciful castles complete with colorful spires, and blowup playgrounds adorned with Nemo and Shrek, the good-time gurus supply both dry- and water-slides brought to life with air. Setup and takedown is included with all rentals.
Originally founded in 1873 as a purveyor of ivy and dahlias, Schulz's Florist now stocks a spectrum of floral arrangements, plants, and gifts that can be tailored to suit the recipient's preferences. Schulz's Florist's Message in a Bottle bouquet gathers premium seasonal flowers into an eclectic recycled vase, such as a wine bottle or Jacques Cousteau's spare scuba helmet. This arrangement requires three days' notice for delivery so Schulz's can plan their delivery schedule for optimum energy efficiency, reducing the overall environmental impact of this bouquet. The Message in a Bottle arrangement is recommended for upbeat sentiments, such as "thank you," "thinking of you," and "Thank God it's Tuesday." Tell the blossom gurus at Schulz's about your recipient's personality and favorite colors, and they will create an individually tailored bouquet to suit any sweetheart or occasion, or pick a prearranged hand garden, such as the wildflower mix ($35), or a seasonal mélange of sunflowers and zinnias ($35). Peruse Schulz's extensive list of flowers and their meanings to create a bouquet of subtext, such as hydrangeas, which stand for sincerity ($35 for a small vase) or orchids to signify beauty and mild confidence in one's ability to break dance ($35 for a simple arrangement). Use your Groupon to cover the charge for Schulz's delivery service ($8–$12), delivery only to Jefferson County, Prospect, Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany. Orders totaling $75 or more are delivered for free.
In-house interior designers guide patrons through the more than 130 glass pendant lights that gleam through a massive array of lighting fixtures at Scorpio Interiors. Barstools and other home furnishings beg to enliven drab rooms, and a mouth-blown glass pendant light ($175) can drench vaulted ceilings in an auburn glow while patrons utilize a Sticks floor lamp ($125) to pole-vault over exposed rafters. The 17-inch Abeni ceramic sculpture ($63) and water-drop bud vase ($24) are tasteful accents to an art collector’s living room, and the alabaster pebbles and manageable flame of a bio-ethanol tabletop fireplace ($269) create an ideal venue for campfire sing-alongs free of Smokey the Bear's off-key howlings. Clients solicit the help of the staff to sift through the 100 barstools, available in 17 metal finishes and 80 fabrics, that freckle the display floor.
On the morning of a scheduled job, Fish Window Cleaning's fully insured, licensed, and bonded team arrives at the premises in full uniform, ready to scour outdoor windows until they gleam. During indoor work, they work quietly, donning fresh shoe covers, slipping cloth pads under each window, and dressing in camouflage that matches your wallpaper. The team’s impeccable service earned their company a Better Business Bureau Torch Award in 2009.
Though they're renowned for customer service, team members also benefits from more than 30 years of experience in the industry. That combination helped them balloon from a solitary office to 220 franchises across 40 states and one moon colony. Each outpost maintains rigorous standards when performing residential and commercial chores, from pressure washing to construction cleanup.