For more than half a century, Edina Cleaners & Launderers has been solventizing three-piece suits and silky blouses with a friendly face and swift turnaround. Although eco-wired brains may have us chucking plastic evening gowns in the recycling bin, Edina makes it easy to get behind more wearable textiles with an eye on green cleaning. A once condiment-covered sweater can dangle on the ostensibly designed handle in the back seat of any car, comfortably tucked within an eco-friendly, reuseable garment bag. Not to be outdone by mall security and tour guides of the twenty-second century, Edina Cleaners & Launderers executes many deliveries by segway. Standard services for suits ($16.40), sweaters ($8.05), skirts ($8.30), men's shirts ($2.99), and other garments are available, and complete pricing can be viewed online.
From a few personal possessions to entire lives, Backdahl Howe Moving & Storage has been relocating customers across the Twin Cities and beyond since 1901. A minimum of five years of experience backs each of the company's employees, who, operating under the same safety-first mantra, utilize that experience to accomplish jobs in a timely and efficient manner. Staying true to the second component of their name, Backdahl Howe Moving & Storage also features a 10,000-square-foot, climate-controlled warehouse, where belongings receive professional care and won't be tempted to sneak out and begin new lives as movie props
The technicians at Champion Garage Door Company hail from all sides of the garage-door industry, from manufacture to repair. They also maintain relationships with some of the industry's most prolific manufacturers. All of this experience combines to ensure they maintain a nearly all-encompassing, up-to-date knowledge of various garage-door makes and models. Wielding this knowledge, they examine and lubricate motors, replace worn cables and broken springs, repair door panels and tracks, and even fix malfunctioning garage-door openers.
Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She’s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show’s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.
The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop’s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.
The textile-pampering experts of Mulberrys Garment Care tend to dingy clothes with toxin-free cleaning methods and a commitment to quality that earned the shop a nod as Top Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaner by Minnesota Monthly in 2011. Offering 24-hour drop-offs or pickup and delivery service, the Mulberrys crew dry-cleans garments with pressurized CO2 and no heat, keeping clothes from returning with a chemical smell, faded colors, or an unhealthy sauna addiction. Laundry services suds up duds with purified water and environmentally friendly detergents before pressers hand-finish each garment and tailors scour seams for missing or cracked buttons. Tailoring and alteration operations let Mulberrys' skilled needle wielders exercise their 30 years of experience to fit clients with customized duds, and an online account system gives patrons instant access to billing, order status, and their pants' favorite music playlists.
With an eye for bold design, the staff at FinnStyle curates clothing, home décor, and other goods from Finnish designers including Marimekko, Iittala, and Artek. The online store and brick-and-mortar building house wares that have been featured in magazines such as Lucky, Dwell, and The Nest. Among the items, colorful bolts of Marimekko fabric await future occupations as curtains, pillow covers, or dresses, and Kalevala jewelry designs, modeled after archeological finds from the Iron Age, form bold statement pieces for the neck, ears, and wrists.