Poster Art's climate-controlled, 3,000-square-foot warehouse, nestled amidst the eclectic shops of Monroe Avenue, lines its walls with racks of posters, prints, and canvas transfers. The company partners with Ebay, Art.com, and Allposters.com to special-order rare items, such as out-of-print posters and captures of Thomas Jefferson in a speedo. Glossy Jim Morrison and Red Hot Chili Peppers images keep company with fine-art, lithograph, and vintage pieces. High-quality framing and wood-plak-mounting materials trim posters, protecting them from the elements and impromptu condiment explosions.
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.
Since 1991, the certified technicians at Dp Customs N-Terior & X-Terior have specialized in making houses into homes with all manner of maintenance, repair, and customization services. The team oversees projects by helping owners select the materials that will give them the highest value for their budget. Then, they set to work installing countertops, painting exteriors, remodeling kitchens, or waterproofing rooftops.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
The insured and licensed workers at Universal Heating and Cooling Company have installed, fixed, and cleaned furnaces and air conditioners for more than half a century. The professionals arrive promptly to install gas water heaters, replace existing furnaces, or clean central air-conditioners. Universal Heating and Cooling Company sends its techs out to give free estimates on projects, and its lifetime warranty keeps clients as happy as clams at an under-attended clambake.