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.
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.
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.
"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.
Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works?it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.
Rochester Linoleum & Carpet One's flooring professionals partner with more than 900 companies to gather a diverse selection of carpet, hardwood, tile, and laminate-flooring materials. Carefully organized shelves help customers quickly browse samples from brands such as Tigressá and American Expressions, and a multilevel warranty system categorizes products according to expected lifetime and level of protection. Expert ground softeners also aim to minimize airborne irritants, such as dust, mold, and dust-covered trapeze artists, by installing new carpeting with signature Healthier Living techniques.