No matter where you turn, Sander Hicks's woodwork is probably nearby—the writer, investigative journalist, and artful eye behind Zen Carpentry has graced Manhattan apartments, countryside houses, and the Sacred Space Community Altar at Occupy Wall Street with his creations. At Zen Carpentry, he specializes in crafting customized roofing, furniture, and installations for apartments and houses. Using woods such as birch, sycamore, cherry, and cedar—many of which are recycled—he crafts pieces that range from cabinets and bookshelves to lofted beds, planters, porches, and staircases.
Town of New Hartford Recreation Center sends skaters of all ages gliding across the frosty floors of its indoor arena during two-hour public skate sessions held throughout the week. Customers can rent skates ($4; not covered by the Groupon) upon arrival or whittle their own pair out of a block of cement before hitting the frozen dance floor to salchow beneath its bright lights. An indoor refrigeration system ensures that the rink can remain open until March 31st, giving visitors one last opportunity to show off their skating skills or favorite flannel poncho.
Passonno Paints has equipped brush wielders with high-quality paint for more than 80 years. A friendly, knowledgeable staff helps patrons navigate thousands of hues from series such as Rustic Colors and The Historic Colour Collection, which includes all 149 colors of President Lincoln’s pet rainbow. In addition to transforming dwellings with vivid colors and equipping windows with blinds, Passonno Paints has also created an award-winning latex-paint-recycling program.
“I like the fact that I get to know my clients on a more personal level and not just as a name on an invoice," says Richard Miller, founder and patriarch of family-owned Abraham Heating and Cooling, Inc. His daughter, Amanda Miller-Sweener, helps him achieve his ideals of personalized service by handling the office work, conducting an orchestra of telephone rings, and scheduling appointments for humidification, generator, and heating and cooling services. Amanda’s husband and head HVAC technician Justin Sweener visits residences and commercial sites to install units from Thermo Pride, Energy Kinetics, Goodman, and Boyertown Foundry. Dedicated to energy-efficient appliances, the team offers geothermal heat pumps that yield 4–5 kilowatts of heat for every kilowatt of electricity, and employ ground temperature to cool homes and monitor the moods of earthworms.
Regal Cleaners tenderly tends to sullied attire using eco-friendly methods. Soiled sweaters, blouses, skirts, and pants ($7.65 each) are buffed clean of fiber-entrenching stains and malodorous dungeon aromas. Customers can spruce up a sports jacket ($8.45), expunge a mustard blotch from a men's shirt ($2.95), or polish a shiny new two-piece suit ($16.10) in a waterless washing session, leaving garments squeaky clean and more likely to break into song-and-dance numbers. These decontamination experts will speedily have all manner of garb ready for pickup or will deliver free of charge to the Capital District.