With three locations dotting the map, Michelle Cleaners keeps Clevelanders' clothes spotless with thorough dry cleaning complemented by attentive customer service. Customers haul in hampers full of sport shirts, skirts, and sweaters, whereupon the dry-cleaning experts set to work with Sanitone products to shoo away spots and unveil brighter colors and softer textures. The shop also offers an array of non-dry-cleaning services, such as alterations and wedding-gown preservation.
ARS Video goes back 25 years, and three generations of its founding family have overseen the company’s growth. What started in 1987 with a room-sized machine continues today on desktop computers: the staff transfers VHS or Hi8 footage, slides, pictures, and 8mm and 16mm film to DVDs. They also transfer audiocassettes and reel-to-reel audio to CDs or recover video from hard drives, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. Beyond working with long-ago recorded images, the ARS team ventures out to perform videography and editing services for bat mitzvahs and bar mitzvahs, weddings, and TV pilots—the ones who sit in a TV’s cockpit.
The artful ATM Painting crew represents the continuation of a tradition sparked more than 50 years ago by Rester Smith, the founder of DOT Painting. Today, the certified-lead-safe company services homes inside and out, applying keen eyes and steady hands to perform paint jobs, refinishing services, drywall repairs, deck staining, and faux painting projects that make drywall look more like stone and stones look more like scared turtles. The team can be dispatched to homes within 30 miles of downtown Cleveland.
Haul-My-Mess.com owner Ron McCully dispatches crews of strong, careful movers to help clients transport their belongings without stress or physical pain. Workers pull up to homes and businesses in large, 16-foot box trucks, eager to follow special orders, such as to haul away the sofa without waking the no-good roommate who’s sleeping on it. In addition to facilitating easy moves, Haul-My-Mess offers junk-removal services focused on reducing landfill waste by delivering reusable goods to local donation and recycling centers.
Robert N. Foster started WonderGro, Inc. with the sole mission of feeding hungry lawns, but thanks to client demand, he quickly expanded his horticultural buffet to include meals for trees, shrubs, and impoverished wood nymphs. WonderGro now offers a full selection of lawn-care and landscaping services, from weekly grass cutting to retaining-wall installation, irrigation systems, and other outdoor-design tasks. His permanent crew of experienced landscapers embraces the use of organic fertilizer products and helps homeowners maintain their yards' vitality throughout the seasons and whenever deer take over the world.
When Seymour and Esther Fischgrund founded Fish Furniture in 1925, the couple personally stained, painted, and housebroke each piece before sending it home with a customer. Today, Fish Furniture operates a bit more efficiently, but with the same attention to detail and quality. In the eight-plus decades since opening, the business has grown from 2 employees to 70. It features a pair of 40,000-square-foot show rooms, inside of which sit upholstery, bedroom sets, and office trimmings bearing solid-wood construction and the names of well-known manufacturers. Outside the show rooms, Fish's staff travels to homes to provide interior-design advice, and its courtesy touchups mend scuffs and scrapes in a more fashionable manner than haphazardly placed band-aids.