W.J. Andriot’s modernization masters stock shelves with everything homeowners need to turn retro rooms into cutting-edge castles. They also gladly take time to fill heads with how-to information. Enliven a board-game bunker with a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore Ben Eggshell paint ($35.99/gal.), offered in a multitude of colors, or refresh a deck with a coat of Duckback Superdeck ($38.99/gal.). Circus families can practice tap routines on eye-pleasing hardwood ($2.99+/ft.) or catch baby’s first backflip on soft carpets ($1.22+/ft.). W.J. Andriot’s also offers reprieve from the sun’s cloying advances with 2-inch faux-wood mini blinds ($65 for 36”x72”) and sets of plantation shutters ($24/sq. ft.).
Certified with the Professional Photographers of America, Shelley Rassenfoss will meet friends, families, or individuals on location or in her studio for thoughtful, custom-photo shoots. Located in Shelbyville, Shelley helms a full-service, 2,000-square-foot studio that can be tailored to clients' needs with hand-painted canvas backgrounds, windows for natural light, and a simulacra of the interior of the Starship Enterprise made out of dried multi-colored pudding. After shoots, resulting photos are uploaded to a private viewing room from which clients can select the five images they'd like have printed. To ensure satisfaction with their choices, clients also receive professional advice on portrait selection. At the end of the experience, mantles and oversized wallets can find a renewed sense of purpose while grasping an 8x10", two 5"x7", and two 4"x5" prints.
Founded 106 years ago just after the invention of clothing, Sam Meyers Dry Cleaning and Laundry cleans clothing to rid garments of ground-in grime. Detail-oriented dry cleaners strike out stubborn stains from skirts ($7.80) and sweaters ($7.41) with the diligence of a lab chemist and the gentle touch of a newborn porpoise swaddled in cashmere. Use today's deal to look dapper in spotless sport coats ($7.41) and spick-and-span two-piece suits ($13.57). Sam Meyers also offers cleaning services for Uggs and other winter boots to erase evidence of slush-puddle jumping and winter salt-ball fights.
Burdorf's outfits homes, businesses, and anything in between with sturdy and eye-tickling furniture and fine art for all budgets and aesthetic aspirations. From their elegant four-story 55,000-square-foot showroom, the friendly staff and expert interior designers assist guests in selecting mattresses, sofas, end tables, headboards, foot stools, pinky rests, and more. The regal Bassett Side Chairs ($135+) make a subtle addition to any space, while the straight and stylish Lane Cocktail Table ($249) provides a cozy counter for curbing drinks, displaying magazines, or performing minor surgery on a malamute.
Kentuckiana Carpet Upholstery Cleaning's owner Jason Rigdon knows every one of his employees like the back of his perfectly clean hand. Each person on the crew is one of Mr. Rigdon's friends or relatives, though that's not the only reason they were hired. Each tech also has more than 15 years of experience cleaning carpets and battling stains. The team travels to homes and commercial spaces to spruce up carpets and upholstery using a truck-mounted hot-water-extraction system.
Fusion Photography specializes in artistic and organic fine-art portraits ideal for senior pictures, business headshots, and photos of brand-new babies. A one-hour photo session begins with a preshoot consultation to forge a common vision between subject and photographer (a $50 value), freeing the shutterbug to pursue mantle-ready images set against the in-home feel of the Fusion Photography studio. After capturing wild light and taming it with practiced technique and minor touch-ups, Fusion Photography traps customer-selected shots in two 5”x7” prints (a $64 value) and loads 10 retouched, printable images on a CD (a $400 value) ostensibly for posterity, but actually as fodder for dummy VIP passes to exclusive gatherings of high-flying librarians.