Benjamin Franklin may have known how to channel electricity through a lightning rod, but Douglas Zotz of Zotz Electrical knows how to manipulate electricity to meet each client's specific needs. First, he consults with clients to learn about their preferences and allotted budget, and then he sets to work. Zotz and his team can troubleshoot and repair existing electrical wiring, fixing issues such as broken circuit breakers and light fixtures. They also upgrade homes with advanced electrical features such as remote-controlled fans or dimmer switches that create ambient lighting.
Since opening 40 years ago, each of the trees at B&J Trees has been planted, grown, and harvested on-site. Today, it's two resident arborists who nurture a slew of different tree breeds throughout the seasons. In the nursery, visitors will find more than 1,500 "balled and burlap" trees?whose trunks have been wrapped in burlap, and roots have been carefully nestled into a protective covering?including spruce, white pine, and balsam fir. During the summer months, full lines of landscape-ready trees line the walls. Come Christmas, they supply locals with lush, fragrant trees, including fraser fir, balsam fir, canaan fir, and pine. The folks at B&J encourage their patrons to bring along the whole family to enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, popcorn, cups of hot cocoa, a Santa Claus impersonator, and?at some sites?chainsaw carvings.
Metro Area Builders turns honey-do lists into honey-done lists. Painting is a specialty of theirs. They refresh rooms with coats of paint or tackle exteriors to disguise houses in the witness protection program. For homes that just need a little TLC, the handy-folks at Metro Area Builders trot out power-washers to eradicate dirt and mildew.
Licensed and insured technicians from the Mosquito Squad control mosquitoes and ticks with their litany of services aimed at combating insect-borne diseases such as Lyme disease and the West Nile Virus. Customers can opt for traditional mosquito- and tick-eliminating sprays or all-natural sprays that simply repel the pests with a formula made from rejected screenplays, as well as choose to install automatic misting systems they can control with the push of a button. Mosquito Squad backs their services with a 100% guarantee to re-spray the yard or refund the cost of the services. Additionally, they partner with Malaria No More with their “Swat Malaria” campaign to donate treated bed nets to children in Africa to repel malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Common phrases, from “pounding the pavement” to “hitting the road,” point to how roughly humans treat their beloved, supportive asphalt. In response, the technicians at Suburban Sealcoat challenge this norm, administering services that protect and rehabilitate any sturdy, blackened surface. With a 6% SS-polymer-blend additive in their sealant, they safeguard pavement against dangers ranging from environmental wear and tear to cars with weak bladders. They also eradicate cracks with a hot-rubber filler heated to a sizzling 400 degrees. And when the techs aren't treating, cleaning, or patching up asphalt, they can be found re-striping parking lots, clearly delineating spaces to prevent cars from parking inside of each other.