For more than 20 years, Solomon’s Collection & Fine Rugs has sold, cleaned, and repaired decorative floor coverings from around the world. Its expansive showroom displays everything from 2’x4’ contemporary Tibetan rugs ($400) and 3’9”x6’6” Afghan area rugs ($890) to custom-made rugs designed with the client’s color, size, and horsepower preferences in mind to optimize each carpet’s flying performance. A 4’x4’ round Indian rug ($950) injects warmth into an achromatic living room, and a 5’8”x8’8” Chinese hand-tufted rug ($1,150) provides an interesting conversation piece for dinner parties and casual get-togethers. Solomon’s also sells runners, including the Turkish kilim flat-weave runner ($790), which can help curb potentially painful falls down the staircase or muffle the sound of ghost footsteps at night.
Helmed by a team of environmental experts—who took part in cleanup efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haitian earthquake—GreenPro Environmental helps fortify households against allergens and mold with proprietary nontoxic sealant. When applied to interior household surfaces, the sealant inhibits mold growth, keeping the air free of harmful spores. The team also eliminates dust and allergens from dryer vents and ducting to further enhance interior air quality.
Country Marketplace’s carpentry connoisseurs revive cheery images of classic designs with contemporary handcrafted solid-wood furniture and accessories. Homeowners can hang their hats on a solid-cherry coat tree or dress it as a friend to make parties seem well attended ($99). Race around the office atop the heavy-duty casters of a carved-oak pressback desk chair ($199), or set to work at an antique oak roll-top desk equipped with a pencil tray and an organizer ($449). Young furniture users can dine in an oak Windsor highchair ($149) or chomp bubble pipes and whittle new pacifiers in a Victorian child's rocker ($99).
Commended by Boston magazine in 2008 for wedding-gown preservation, Dependable Cleaners offers a basketful of laundering and dry-cleaning services. Turn last night's unfortunate ketchup incident into tonight's food-free canvas with same-day service. Items dropped off before 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday can typically be picked up by 5 p.m. that same day, depending on the location. Though prices vary by location, all stores offer the same reliable de-staining services for dusty dresses ($14.04–$15.34), slovenly shirts ($2.54–$2.88), and pigpennish pants ($7.08–$7.98). Hide a fading summer tan with a freshly depurated jacket ($7.65–$8.52) or sweater ($7.23–$8.73). Dependable Cleaners locations can also handle unconventional vestments such as ballroom gowns, Ugg boots, and antique tri-cornered hats.
A. Thomas & Sons' green thumbs cull multicolored flora from more than 8 acres of nursery to equip clients with the flowers needed to beautify backyards and make patios presentable. Colorful blooms, such as hydrangeas ($40) and knockout roses ($40), sit patiently with hopes of being selected to enliven drab flowerbeds or bunk beds, and mandevilla flowering vines prepare to accouter underdressed trellises, lampposts, and prom dates in sophisticated and colorful boutonnieres ($40). Hibiscus flowers complement living spaces with a touch of tropical color ($40), and large ornamental grasses grant growers the perfect building block for a human terrarium ($40). To solve garden problems beyond plant predicaments, the nursery specialists also curate a stock of wildlife feeders, wind chimes, fountains, and concrete statuaries.