Ray Lamar hasn't spent decades perfecting his donuts. In fact, his namesake shops still use the same recipes that Ray developed in 1933—at the age of 17—when he got his first job working a donut fryer. World War II and a postwar career as a stockbroker interrupted Ray's donut-making pursuits, although he returned to his roots in 1960 when he founded the first LaMar's Donuts.
The shop went on to become a Kansas City icon, with crowds arriving well before 6 a.m. to line up outside the doors and taunt the roosters for sleeping in. Ray and his wife, Shannon, eventually decided to expand their business into a regional empire, and LaMar's Donuts currently boasts 27 franchised stores spread across six states.
Even with all of this growth, decades-old traditions still dictate how things are done. The workers prepare more than 75 different kinds of donuts, hand-making fresh batches of perennial favorites as well as recent inventions each and every morning. In addition to the original glazed creation that dates back to 1933, the menus can feature a variety of cake donuts with flavors such as red velvet, apple spice, and maple.
Since donuts and coffee go together as naturally as paper shredders and subpar report cards, the stores also prepare cappuccinos, mochas, and other coffee drinks. These are all made with handpicked beans that slowly roast inside Italian brick ovens.
Hedged by evergreen shrubs and flowering bushes, placid tide pools and trickling waterfalls flow into a deep, rocky basin. This backyard oasis is one of dozens of successful installations constructed by Rolling Meadows Landscape and Garden Center’s team of landscape artists. At their garden center, landscape experts of the same ilk assist guests with their own gardening endeavors. In addition to advice on landscape design, eco-friendly gardening goods, and the pros and cons of installing a moat made out of slip ‘n’ slides, Rolling Meadows’ team strives to empower local green thumbs with monthly educational classes and workshops.
The handymen at Handyman Matters have hammered, caulked, and crafted a sturdy reputation for honest, professional work, offering more than 1,162 types of home-repair and remodeling services. Every nook and cranny of the home, including mini-nooks and micro-crannies, can be varnished, tarnished, demolished, and renewed by this handy crew of professionals. Procrastinating amateurs can roll up their dog-eared to-do lists of household repairs and hurl them into the can-do arms of one of Handyman Matters’ accomplished craftspeople, who can tackle problems from dinged dry wall to flawed flooring. If the cat is getting concussions because his little crawl door is sticking, they'll fix it. They can even build a human-sized crawl door so cats and people can enter and exit the same way.
With years of experience, Metro Wide's team of insured and bonded technicians help beautify homes and businesses by scrubbing and scouring surfaces ranging from roofs and windows to carpets and gutters. When water begins to pool in gutters clogged with debris, or smudged windows keep you from basking in the glow of a neighbor's Christmas light display, homeowners can call on the team to give their abodes a thorough cleaning. And when a major cleanup is in order—including wind damage or storms—the team can step in and help remove the debris.
Window tinting is often associated with sleek, blacked-out rides that use tints for purely cosmetic reasons. However, many don't realize that window tinting carries safety and comfort benefits for passengers, and moreover, that it isn't reserved for automobiles alone. The staff at Mid America Window Tint rely on glass films from Sunscape and Huper Optik to help car and home owners realize a whole range of benefits, from blocking UV rays to resisting shatter to reducing glare from disco ball hood ornaments. Homeowners can even look for savings on their energy bills, since air conditioners don't have to work as hard to contend with the sun's rays.
The friendly folks at Weldon Cleaners have pursued aqua-free cleaning since 1982 and have been using environmentally friendly GreenEarth products since 2002. GreenEarth's cleaning products replace traditional petroleum-based solvents with liquid silicone, a gentle solution made from sand that has been ground down over millennia by sea urchin sand grinders in Mother Earth's very own sand factory. Rather than attack your garments with harsh petroleum-based products, Weldon will ensure your blouses, slacks, sweaters, sport coats, and skirts are begged their pardon and cleaned as gently as possible (at $6.50 per garment). Rush off to a job interview or business potluck in a freshly pressed, odor-free two-piece suit or dress ($13). Weldon's coat- cleaning service will help you finally eliminate the squash remains that accumulated on your lapel during last year's Great Pumpkin séance (starting at $12).