Founded by Ken Euston in 1971, Euston Hardware's old-fashioned legacy continues under the helm of Ken's son. Kevin, who has since grown the shops into three locations, keeps the shelves packed with more than 65,000 items for homes, landscaping, and automobiles. Experts chat with customers to help them to tackle projects from changing a car's oil to painting their house solid green so it can be replaced with a CGI castle. Home-improvement tools, which include items for the kitchen and bath, keep domiciles functioning at their best. The friendly staff can also guide green thumbs to lawn and garden supplies or help them select the right locks and outdoor equipment to keep their tools from escaping and impersonating the local robocop.
Since they first started tinkering in a garage shop more than 25 years ago, partners Bill Anderson and JD McGhee have grown their hobby into a full-blown business that boasts a 46,000-square-foot facility, a state-of-the-art metal shop, and a staff of rigorously trained technicians. Computerized dispatch trucks travel to homes in need as their experts handle heating or air-conditioning conundrums with courteous, efficient service. Uniformed technicians behave professionally and wear shoe coverings in the house or risk incurring the wrath of Lynn (reachable by phone at 913-752-9234), who will ensure the trip charge for that visit is waived. LBA can also send master electricians and plumbers to fix home issues or speak with homeowners about installing cost-saving geothermal or solar energy systems. Bill and JD also use their talents to contribute to the community when they can, providing two pro-bono service appointments to an area cancer patient during the humid days of August.
Ranchview Floral has been in business since 1947, assembling flower arrangements that add a touch of beauty to decades of celebrations and expressions of sympathy. The Ranchview team expertly combines roses, tulips, daisies, and orchids into creations bursting with color, from bouquets to centerpieces and corsages. Each one makes a classic and fragrant gift for special occasions or a fancy meal for a pet goat.
Letting strangers into one’s home to clean around valued possessions can be nerve-wracking, which is why Shelby Seck is always happy to point out her pedigree. A resident of Overland Park, she has built her cleaning business through happy customers and word of mouth over the last 24 years, ensuring repeat business with her thorough technique. Her cleaners come prepped to deal with every room in the house by equipping themselves with biodegradable cleaning products. This means they are kind to materials while not irritating pets or children. Shelby's team can even divide their man hours, so one cleaner can come for an hour, two cleaners can come for half an hour, or a million cleaners can show up to make the floor cave in and utterly destroy an orange juice spill.
Bagettes allows customers to personalize their bags by incorporating their own photos and text into the design. Constructed from satin fabric and featuring a black nylon lining, the medium cosmetic bag is 8" wide and 5" tall, giving it the volume to handle makeup, toiletries, and several hamsters. Images are embedded into the fibers of the bags rather than applied superficially to the surface, helping prevent fading and peeling over time and making the bags practical and durable ways to preserve special moments and broadcast hilarious personal slogans. Images—from endearing shots of family members and pets to psychedelic portraiture of famous flightless birds—are submitted using the Bagettes website and can be cropped, resized, and rotated to fit the customer's precise specifications. The site also allows for the addition of text to any image, with more than 200 fonts in which to write special messages, personalized captions, and high-level cryptography.