In 1934, Ben and Lena Rosen realized their humble dream of opening a mom-and-pop hardware store on Norfolk Street. As business flourished, customers began to request items beyond the scope of the shop's plumbing supplies, such as paint, window treatments, or tools to convert Cold War bomb shelters into Y2K panic rooms. Over the years, Norfolk Hardware & Home Center has responded to demand by expanding into a 40,000-square-foot store and warehouse manned by more than 50 employees. Their helpful, honest advice—along with their stockpile of appliances, paint, tools, hardware, and other home supplies—makes DIY home makeovers a breeze.
In 1986 Govall Cleaning Services started blazing a cleaning trail through the homes and offices of the Boston area. More than 20 years later they're still at it. Bearing cleaning supplies and an impressive work ethic, their cleaners thoroughly and efficiently restore homes and offices to a state of cleanly calm. In addition to residential and commercial cleaning, they offer postconstruction cleanup to tote away debris and painting services to cover murals of ex-spouses.
Jump to: That's the Spirit! Captain Bonnie Barnacles: In an era when most women were relegated to sitting at home by the fire knitting children to help with chores, Bonnie Barnacles dreamt of more. Stowing away on the S.S. Anti-Authority in 1778, she quickly organized a mutiny, dazzling her crusty shipmates with her cutlass juggling and partial memorization of the alphabet. Today, she and her forsaken crew still haunt the harbor, turning a pretty pence with their home jewelry-making workshops and inspirational cassettes.
New Look Construction's steady-handed craftsmen tackle home repair and renovation projects ranging from adding new rooms to revamping existing spaces. In addition to stitching new dens and bedrooms to existing houses, they use their skills with saws and hammers to build outdoor additions including brand-new decks, patios, and ramps. Inside homes, they transform aging bathrooms or kitchens by installing new countertops and flooring. Leaky roofs desist their dripping after the craftsmen install new roofing. Before breaking out their tape measures, New Look's staff also offers free estimates that incorporate the budgets for project costs, time of service, and their mandatory 55-gallon drum full of Sour Patch Kids.