Don and Donna Maines opened Green Thumb Markets in 1971, where they began cultivating buds alongside their young son, David. Though Don and Donna have retired, visitors can still spot David, his wife, and his four boys working in their greenhouse. They tend geraniums, prune roses, and discuss customers’ gardening concerns and methods for keeping lazy poets from using their roses as similes. Giant hanging baskets dangle from the ceiling, the electrically hued, trumpet-shaped blossoms of petunias spilling forth and tangling with ivy geraniums. On the ground, colorful rows of perennials, annuals, and vegetables thrive alongside a variety of topsoils, compost, and environmentally friendly mulches.
The Maines family also runs an onsite bakery, which they stock with their own homemade ice cream, cookies, and pies.
“I like the fact that I get to know my clients on a more personal level and not just as a name on an invoice," says Richard Miller, founder and patriarch of family-owned Abraham Heating and Cooling, Inc. His daughter, Amanda Miller-Sweener, helps him achieve his ideals of personalized service by handling the office work, conducting an orchestra of telephone rings, and scheduling appointments for humidification, generator, and heating and cooling services. Amanda’s husband and head HVAC technician Justin Sweener visits residences and commercial sites to install units from Thermo Pride, Energy Kinetics, Goodman, and Boyertown Foundry. Dedicated to energy-efficient appliances, the team offers geothermal heat pumps that yield 4–5 kilowatts of heat for every kilowatt of electricity, and employ ground temperature to cool homes and monitor the moods of earthworms.
Kingston Disposal’s junk truckers clear out unwanted stuff of every stripe, including garbage, construction waste, appliances, and scrap metal. Fully licensed and insured, the team deals with waste in an eco-friendly and safe manner. Staffers divert as many disposed items from landfills as possible through recycling and reuse, whether by donating usable materials to charities or giving old dishwashers to young giants playing house.
Steve and Don Scoville started Adirondack Video Services 16 years ago, drawing on their experience as a former news reporter and DJ, respectively, to provide clients with quality media-transfer services. Using knowledge garnered over decades of professional experience, they expertly convert clients? film, photos, and slides into finished presentations. They specialize in a variety of media formats, including photos, slides, and 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm film. They can also enhance presentations with professional editing services such as brightening dark scenes and adding titles and production music.