If you peek into the Skinny Wimp Moving Co office, you might catch a glimpse of the company's movers engaged in an impromptu weight-lifting session. But they won't be lifting traditional dumbbells; instead, they train by repeatedly lifting heavy appliances and weighted chairs through door jambs. The goal of these exercises isn't just to build muscle: it's also to perfect carrying techniques so that they can transport belongings quickly without scratching walls or narrow doorways. Working in groups, the licensed, insured movers use these techniques to take the stress out of local and long-distance relocations.
For more than 50 years, the design consultants at The Window Fashion Pros have helped clients outfit their homes with custom shutters, shades, blinds, and vinyl replacement windows. The pros begin with in-home consultations to size window treatments and devise decorating plans, and the finished products are usually ready to beautify homes within a week.
"I worked by myself in Costa Rica, and I always had a dream to have a business here," says Nidia Wolff. She has lived in the United States for 20 years, learning a new language so that she could go to school, earn a college degree, and share her passion for helping others. After graduation, she found a business partner and started a cleaning company. But in the end, it wasn't her dream. The business wasn't hers. "Four years ago, I left everything to the partner, started all over fresh by myself. That's what I wanted," she says. "Starting over is scary for some. Starting everything fresh, for me, was a blessing."
Now, vaunting a motto of "We don't cut corners, we clean them," Nidia's family-owned-and-operated business and her small staff of cleaning technicians use their own supplies, always have eco-friendly products on hand, and sing hypoallergenic cleaning songs for those who ask in advance. Whether steam-cleaning carpets or deep-cleaning a house, their only goal is pleasing the customer. "When we finish a job, they'll say, 'Wow that looks like a new stove' or, 'That looks like a brand new tub," Nidia says. "Everyday I'm excited to see people's faces. A satisfied face is everything."
The dry-cleaning specialists at A & T Cleaners are a versatile bunch. They can clean nearly every type of fabric imaginable, from suits and shirts to floor mats, leather coats, and wedding gowns. And every time they refresh garments, they're also keeping the environment clean—they use eco-friendly cleaning solutions for all of their services.