More than two decades ago, Deb Caron Plourde traded the corporate world for the warm confines of her personal glass-fusing studio. The result was Sundancer Stained Glass, now a bustling workshop where beads, sushi plates, and custom windows emerge from the fire each day. Often led by Plourde, regular classes encourage interested parties to hone techniques from sculpturing to smoldering while learned glass-fusers can pick up supplies by brands such as Bullseye and Kokomo for the eventual satisfaction of throwing a baseball through a window you made yourself.
Equipped with feather dusters, vacuums, and eco-friendly cleaning products, AZM Cleaning Services’ bonded and insured cleaning teams tackle messes of all kinds. The cleaning teams travel to homes and businesses throughout southern Maine, following a thorough checklist that includes disinfecting, dusting, and vacuuming to ensure all of their jobs are completed to the same standards of cleanliness.
There has never been a rain delay at Southern Maine Sports Zone. More than 3,000 athletes use the indoor sports facility each week to play soccer, volleyball, basketball, and field hockey. As athletic battles rage in the 62,500-square-foot field house, spectators can chant encouragement or order refreshments from hang-gliding vendors on the second floor. For more tot-friendly extravaganzas, the sportatorium also shelters an enormous bounce-house zone and children's camps.:m]]
Bear Essentials Fitness wants its members to reach their fitness goals with a minimum of fuss. This 24-hour gym—which is decorated with indoor imitation grass to look like a sports field, has strength-training equipment, and has heavy weight bags hanging from the ceiling—manages to project an atmosphere of “let’s do this” while still being a laid-back place to work out. Certified personal trainers and owners Justin and Nate Warren are on hand to help clients with their exercises and teach small group classes.
Focal Point Gardens transforms backyards into arboreal havens and lends a bright, blossoming accent to porches with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The nursery’s horticultural experts help visitors select the fullest butterfly bushes to line their gardens’ sunny pathways and the hungriest flytraps to station beside their homes’ unlocked doggy doors. The garden shop’s Felco pruning shears and Dramm watering products keep leafy friends healthy and well-groomed, and its trellises lend support to climbing vines and bungee-jumping grasshoppers. The store’s professional landscape architects draw on more than 20 years of industry experience to consult with homeowners before erecting terraces, planting shrubs, and coordinating flowers.
For the past 30 years, Yankee Fireplace and Patio has outfitted homes with indoor and outdoor fireplaces, stoves, and grills, overseeing the installation process from the showroom to the first sanctioned spark. What began as a small retail location now encompasses two vast showrooms that share 50 functional fireplaces and stove displays between them. Here, customers can warm their hands in front of potential fireplaces or examine stoves for flame output. Both locations are authorized dealers of major brands such as Weber, LYNX, The Big Green, Jøtul, Heat & Glo, and Regency, and the technicians at Yankee Fireplace service everything they sell. Though fireplaces and grills are the business's main focus, they also bedeck patios with handsome furniture sets, umbrellas, and hammocks capable of supporting one or two people, or up to twelve outstretched garden gnomes.
Stylists at Tasha Maria Hair Salon hold court inside a modern yet charming salon boutique on Congress Street. Inside, they each specialize in using Wella, Redken, or Goldwell products and providing custom haircuts and color treatments. Their comfortable waiting area welcomes clients to page through magazines, sip coffee, and reminisce with their hair before promising they’ll visit it after the cut.