The ISA–certified arborists at Hayden's Ridge Tree Service specialize in one thing: trees. Since 1986, they have beautified landscapes with a range of installation, maintenance, and removal services. Insured technicians adhere to strict safety standards as they prune trees and shrubs, support struggling trunks with cabling and bracing, or plant burlap-wrapped saplings. Lot-clearing, brush-chipping, and stump-grinding services rid landscapes of tree relics, and tree-removal services accompany community-impact meetings with local Ents. After completing services, technicians clear away any remaining debris, leaving yards spotless.
Minneapolis St. Paul Plumbing Heating Air began dispatching technicians to homes and offices throughout the Twin Cities in 1913. Though the ensuing century has seen a number of advancements in plumbing and air-conditioning technology, not much has changed in terms of the technicians’ care and expertise. Plumbers, for example, still arrive promptly to repair leaky faucets and prevent pipes from freezing, and heating repairmen continue to coax gusts of warm or cool air from heaters and air conditioners. They can inspect units of nearly every make and model and repair contrarian thermostats that insist on only measuring temperature in degrees Celsius.
Boasting close partnerships with manufacturers and extensive training of its technicians throughout the country, America's Best Choice of Minneapolis beautifies homesteads and businesses with Energy Star–certified windows, sliding glass doors, and new siding and roofs. Fully insured workers carefully measure and install energy-saving PVC window frames, staving off drafts in the winter, heat waves in the summer, and hauntings throughout the year. They can custom cut frames to lower long-term utility bills and add a touch of class to façades with stunning french doors, all covered by a lifetime warranty.
The techs at Bonfe's Plumbing, Heating and Air Service have been tweaking climate-controlling devices of all makes and models for more than 15 years. They arrive at homes wearing uniforms and shiny badges, which indicate their employment with Bonfe and distinguish them from communist-propaganda inspectors. Techs don shoe covers to protect floors and furniture from damage and dirt, and if their work areas aren't tidy when they leave, Bonfe will compensate customers either with money or three magic beans. To ensure satisfactory same-day and emergency service, a staff member is always available by phone—day and night, all week long.
The Green Guardian nourishes landscapes with an approach that shuns harsh chemicals in favor of effective, all-natural fertilizers, herbicides, and pest-control solutions made from edible ingredients. A proprietary line of products includes vegan herbicides that fertilize lawns as they kill broadleaf and certain grassy weeds, and granular fertilizers that nourish turf with feed-grade corn, soil conditioners, and naturally-occurring microbial stimulants. Pest-control products use odorless garlic to repel mosquitoes, billbugs, grubs, geese, and displaced vampire squid, all without leaving behind an unpleasant smell.
In addition to lawn-care packages and à la carte treatments, The Green Guardian is also registered with DuPont to remove and replace trees killed by the chemical herbicide Imprelis.
Castle Building & Remodeling, one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 of 2011, hosts a team of professional designers and builders who overhaul interiors with historically inspired concepts. Two design-selection studios display the custom craftsmanship, showcasing a 1940s–style kitchen with cherry cabinets and a 1910s–style bathroom with hex tile flooring and a sink full of Teddy Roosevelt's mustache trimmings.
The remodelers create a mockup of each project using 3-D CAD software, noting any desired changes before installation. They realize projects with the help of artisanal manufacturers such as Clay Squared, whose artists craft custom ceramic tiles using time-honored methods.