Larry Wilson has always had a mind for machines, from dismantling and reassembling his grandmother's toaster as a child, to stints as a computer repairman and commercial kitchen-equipment builder. Today, Wilson installs and repairs the inner workings of air conditioners, furnaces, and thermostats. The mechanical savant also travels throughout east central Kansas to install air cleaners, replace air filters, and tune up lukewarm water heaters.
Family-owned and -operated Hurst Fine Diamonds boasts a more than 100-year history of outfitting empty appendages with fine accouterments. The shop spotlights custom jewelry design and diamond-, gemstone-, and pearl-based creations from designers such as Pandora, Love Story, and Fossil. Special someones delight in the Platina 4 diamond ring, brewed from a blend of gold, silver, palladium, and platinum, and set with a conflict-free diamond ($89.99). Replace the hard-won marlin you wear around your neck with an even more appealing sea prize: pink and white freshwater pearls, strung together on a golden thread ($79.99). A colorful Raquelle Bianco silver and enamel pastel butterfly ring serves as an attractive napkin ring decoration ($84). Custom-designed jewelry is available (prices vary), and the shop also offers a mélange of masculine trimmings, such as a tungsten cross necklace ($99.99) and a titanium band set with a single diamond ($99.99). The Hursts send off each beloved diamond piece with a lifetime limited warranty.
Longtime friends and experienced technicians who both moved to Kansas from nothern Idaho, the owners of Renovation MD travel to homes to remodel, repair, and retain living spaces inside and out. Indoors, the staff patches up everything from electrical wires to long-abandoned jigsaw puzzles. Outside, they mow overgrown lawns, construct screened porches, and install James Hardie–brand siding.
As the name would suggest, The iGurus specialize in repairs and fixes for Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The experienced technicians quickly identify issues stemming from water damage, software malfunctions, or cracked screens in order to repair devices and restore them to like-new status. They also perform color conversions, changing the traditional white and black front or back plates with eye-catching colors and patterns such as red, camouflage, or The Color Formerly Known as Green. Additionally, they offer repairs for most major cell phones, along with services for both Apple and Windows computers.
The cleaners at Crimson & Blue Carpet Care, a Green Seal–stamped business, revamp floor coverings with a contemporary air-cell encapsulation technique. This method gently purges filth with a low measure of moisture, as opposed to steam cleaning, which may shrink and damage underfoot fibers. It effectively peels stains from all types of carpet, erasing evidence of past spills and living-room winemaking. The techs at Crimson & Blue don't just clean carpets but also are experts on tidying up homes from top to bottom. During home cleanings, the crew uses a 43-point cleaning checklist that covers all major areas of the home from bathrooms to kitchens to bedrooms and general living areas. Customers may also opt to have the team create a customized a cleaning plan catered to the specific needs of their home.