Handyman Contractor recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, citing more than 30,000 satisfied customers. When appointments roll around, fully licensed and insured technicians descend on homes, restoring function to all household fixtures. While repairing drywall, a skilled staffer can install a cabinet or effortlessly burp a fussy drain. Crews fix malfunctioning electrics, repair tile, mend fences, and even tackle big-scale projects, such as kitchen renovation or removing a mattress tag without government reprisal.
The chef deep-fries half a boneless duck until it forms a crisp outer shell and then douses the poultry in a honey-barbecue sauce. He then moves to another grill and browns prawns marinated in a tequila cream sauce. Eclectic dishes, such as the honey-roasted duck, fill Siam Patio Thai Cuisine’s menu. Unique ingredients pop-up in all aspects of the menu—from curries with a pumpkin and seafood pairing to a deep-fried crispy chicken sautéed with mango. Chefs also include old Thai favorites on the menu, such as pad thai and fried-rice dishes, for those who prefer the comfort of familiarity, much like hugging an imaginary friend.
Toilets flush, faucets cease to squeak, and vents breathe easy after a visit from Handyman Network's crew. For more than 10 years, the fully licensed technicians have been traveling from home to home like Santa in his pre-Christmas days, fixing what needs to be fixed, building what needs to be built, and backing every service with a one-year workmanship guarantee. In addition to routine maintenance, the handymen specialize in carpentry, remodeling, painting, and other home-improvement services.
The aptly named Preserve Public House seems to preserve a simpler time beneath its open-beam ceiling, among its rustic pieces of furniture, and within its exposed-brick walls. Using local ingredients whenever possible, Preserve’s chefs celebrate the artistry of cuisine with sandwiches such as the slow-smoked brisket sandwich with garlic aioli, barbecue sauce, and caramelized onions on an acme bun. Like the Easter Bunny’s bathtub, the eatery’s taps flow with a rotating sample of 21 microbrews and keg wines from breweries such as Lagunitas, Rogue Brewery, and Stone Brewing Company. Preserve Public House also hosts regular events such as local crop swaps, and beer celebrations in their bread-truck-turned-beer-garden.
Homes across Sacramento got a lot more organized in 1999, at least when it came to their closets. The Closet Doctor opened its doors, and ever since the first client at the end of the 20th century, its designers have transformed cluttered spaces into organized havens. The designers remodel closets of all sizes, from small reach-ins to full-size dressing rooms. Each makeover starts with a consultation to suss out the homeowner's needs. The designer works with customers on potential designs using a 3D rendering program.
The computer program virtually alters the space: Cluttered racks become wood shelves with concealed European-style hinges, and piles of clothing disappear into the drawers of closet organization systems. The Closet Doctor's premier system, the Sienna Collection, fills spaces with maple, cherry, and white oak shelves handcrafted in a Green-certified facility.
With this approach, the designers can also outfit closets to double as guest rooms with the addition of Murphy beds. They also tackle what is arguably a home's largest closet: the garage. Here, they install oversize closets and storage bins that can hold everything from holiday decorations to retired robot butlers from the '80s.
Nestled in California's iconic wine country, Napa yawns with vast expanses of vineyards. Scenic balloon tours lift riders high above the verdant landscape, and hiking and kayak excursions and Tarzan-guided vine tours wind deep throughout the picturesque riverside landscape. As night falls, the valley hums with the notes of opera and other live music leaking out from the cluster of downtown theaters and venues.