Using thorough, residue-free cleaning techniques, White Glove Cleaning & Restoration's insured cleaners descend upon homes to relieve them of dust, dirt, and grime. Owner Mike Groch boasts more than 20 years in the dirt-busting biz and a track record of serving more than 20,000 customers, who amass annually in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for concentrated happiness. Mike's team of spick-and-span savants pummels dirt on carpets, upholstery, tile, blinds, and mirrors as they diligently tick off boxes on the company's expansive 69-point checklist. In accordance with White Glove Cleaning & Restoration's satisfaction guarantee, cleaners tenaciously scrub homes until each room glistens to customers' expectations, or until grout sparkles bright enough to disorient migrating geese.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Red Robin Cleaners, dry cleaning specialists handle a wide range of clothing needs onsite, from lifting spots to hemming pants. They accept shirts and dresses, leather and fur garments, and even household quilts and tablecloths. Then, they render a thorough cleaning before welcoming customers to pick them up that very same day if desired. The handlers also perform numerous duties beyond straightforward dry cleaning, such as preserving wedding gowns, repairing shoes, and making sure no one wears a wedding gown to prom.