Lynne Maher holds a Level I certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, as well as an organization certification from QC Design School. But the credentials mean nothing without the empathy and caring it takes to consolidate and systematize people's personal things. That's why Lynne describes herself as a 'confidential' professional organizer. She understands that while some projects are simple, others are far more sensitive, such as hoarding situations. Clients can also solicit Lynne for packrat storage consultations, closet organization, or cleverly hiding a roommate's things until the rent's been paid.
After adoring the eclectic style of city boutiques, Pamela Kramer opened Urban Essentialz, a shop packed with funky housewares, gifts, and fashion. Bath products from Pre de Provence pamper with quadruple-milled French soaps ($6.95/250g) and organic shave soap ($18), the preferred cheek-smoother of Rip Van Winkle. Stylistas can browse a huge selection of scarves and accessories, such as a bright pashmina ($22.50) and bold jewelry ($18+). Home goods, such as a pewter table clock ($24.50) and a hand-painted curio chest ($36), blend practicality with style, and a window-mounted Swarovski crystal rainbow maker ($27.95) casts rainbows on walls to brighten rooms or summon a legion of battle-ready Care Bears.
IWS's team of master muscle rejuvenators is led by owner Craig Danehy, who has applied his medical expertise to relieving aches and pains for more than a decade. The squad of special-ops stress softeners provide therapeutic massages to soothe sore bodies, calm the nerves of the preternaturally tense, relieve acute and chronic muscular pain, and help rehabilitate injured athletes and full-contact chess players. The warriors of this army of kneaders are all fully licensed and no-fault insurance specialists that cater to those with injuries from auto accidents. Craig's extracurriculars include the position of lead medical provider for the Gorilla Massage Fund, which helps provide relief to sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
Poster Art's climate-controlled, 3,000-square-foot gallery, nestled amidst the eclectic shops of Monroe Avenue, has been lining its walls with racks of posters, prints, and canvas transfers for 30 years. The company special-orders rare items, such as out-of-print posters and captures of Charlie Chaplin's voice. Glossy Jim Morrison and Red Hot Chili Peppers images keep company with fine-art, lithograph, and vintage pieces. Plak-mounting is a unique framing technique that mounts prints on wood with a durable laminate seal, providing a distinctive display while also protecting images from the elements and impromptu condiment explosions.