It's not every day that online shopping includes as much personal attention as you get from Stoneside Blinds. In most areas, their online-shopping process starts off with a free house call from a designer, who helps clients pick out materials and styles for their window dressing. Once the client has made their choices, the company will send out teams to measure the window frames and, later, install the final product for a flat fee. Their handiwork, and the blinds themselves, are backed by a rigorous guarantee that lets customers change their minds within 30 days and safeguards against defects up to a year later, so customers never have to cover up faulty blinds with a poster of their backyard. The only online part of their signature process, really, is placing the order. Minutes after the order is placed, the team at the production warehouse gets to work making it a reality, whether it's roller shades in a custom fabric, sleek solar shades, or classic wooden blinds.
With more than 60 million albums sold, the dynamic duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates has amassed an army of fans via their ageless anthems, silky ballads, and dance-floor staples since the mid-1970s. In this special benefit for the youth-mentorship organization Friends of the Children, the formerly pompadoured Daryl Hall and the estranged moustache of John Oates share prized selections from their box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are, which encompasses their ceaseless career. Armed with a songbook packed with perennial favorites such as "Maneater" and "Rich Girl," the fireproof voices and unabashed showmanship of Daryl Hall and John Oates leave devotees and newfound fans happier than a kid in a hardware store.
Mr. Handyman of Northwest Portland's uniformed technicians earn the trust of homeowners with punctual arrival, skilled service, and a guarantee for all work. An important part of spring maintenance rituals, the gutter cleaning clears debris from a home's rain re-routers, freeing up liquid-traffic flow like an angioplasty. Slothful moss gets its comeuppance as spore warriors spray and scrub away the rooftop freeloader. Depending on the condition of customers' house-hats, Mr. Handyman might charge an additional fee for the use of extra moss-removal product ($10–$30). Appointments typically last an hour and conclude with the company's eagle-eyed representatives examining each house's exterior, checking for cracks, rot, and satirical graffiti.
In 2009, current owner and native Oregonian Chris Peterson revived his family’s defunct, nearly 20-year-old roofing business with the decision to make eco-friendly practices the foundation of C.D. Northwest’s roof-strengthening services. Chris threw all the know-how he had gained from growing up with the company and the knowledge he accrued earning a degree in business administration into reopening C.D. Northwest’s doors. Now, Chris and his small crew of dedicated workers tend to roofs on commercial buildings and residential homes, from bungalows and ranches to three-story Victorians made of glass. That eco-friendly mission has held fast, forming the basis for even the most basic services, such as scouring roofs with a nontoxic cleaning chemical. To keep Mother Nature and karma on its side, the team at C.D. Northwest continually contributes to a variety of charities including Friends of Trees and the SMART program, which aims to teach kids how to read.
Steve Varga—who can be seen on the company YouTube channel and blog waxing poetic on the glory of stone patios and the evils of bronze birch borers—brings nearly 30 years of experience to his post as chief horticulturist at ProGrass. Here, he leads a team of lawnsmiths in all manner of yard-related tasks, from landscaping design to lawn mowing to sprinkler repair. They draw from their northwestern knowledge to draft modern patio designs, dole out gardening tips, and trim hedges to look as well groomed as the queen's troll dolls. He and the crew work under the same local, independent owners who founded the company in 1978, focusing on preserving the environment by using natural business methods, organic products, and water-efficiency techniques.