A family gathers in front of a fire to watch flames dance inside a teepee of logs. After several moments, a uniformed staffer walks over to ask whether they have any questions, and, startled, they stop telling ghost stories or reminiscing about bygone summer bonfires to think about whether they'd like that very model in their own home. Fireside Hearth & Home's cozy design room has that effect. Several staged but comfortable living rooms, kitchens, and patios revolve around fireplaces and stoves, letting customers really imagine life around the hearth. The inventory of gas, wood, and electric fireplaces, as well as stoves and inserts come out of the workshops of top brands such as Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire, and Outdoor Lifestyles. The knowledgeable staffers can explain the variances of styles and features, as well as install new fireplaces and convert wood fireplaces to gas ones.
During a furnace maintenance visit, Harker Heating & Cooling's specialists give homes' heating units a thorough examination. Components slated for inspection include the thermostat, blower assembly, air filter, vents, electrical connections, and safeties. Pilot lights, heat exchanges, and burners receive a careful cleaning to remove excess dust or illegal Greek fire. To improve the furnace's efficiency, a technician will lubricate chafed motors and bearings with a spritz of oil. After checking for gas leaks or evidence of carbon monoxide, Harker's staffers test the water and run the furnace through a complete cycle to ensure that it's ready for another prolonged struggle with Old Man Winter.
Born in a small village in the mountains of Thailand, Tanatnan Chaipang struggled through a series of health difficulties that stemmed from a life-threatening illness, a congenital foot disorder, and multiple car accidents. Fortunately, her grandmother was the town healer and midwife, helping Tanatnan manage her pain, as well as steer her toward a healthy lifestyle. Through this work with her grandma, she saw the benefits of massage first hand, spurring her toward an eventual career where she’d be able to pass these benefits on to others. After becoming certified as a massage therapist in Madison and honing her skills in her native Thailand, Tanatnan finally realized her goal and opened Sha-Ba Wellness & Spa.
Today, she works with a staff to perform bodywork that not only relaxes patients, but also helps them heal and hopefully find relief from any lingering pains. They combine elements of Eastern techniques, such as Thai massage and Chinese tui-na, with Western modalities that include sports and Swedish massage. They also provide chair massage, foot reflexology, and ion footbaths, which work to cast out harmful toxins and absorbed sock lint.
The movers from You Move Me pull up to homes, determined to relieve their customers from the stress that comes with moving. They earn their clients' trust by arriving on time and then doing a careful walk through of the home before starting to load up; afterward, they run down a checklist to make sure nothing was left behind. During packing services, employees are equally conscientious, protecting customers' items in specially designed moving boxes rather than in extra-large piñatas.
After beginning his career with Chem-Dry of Madison as a technician, Josh Duggan mastered the cleaning and customer-service savvy required to purchase and pilot the business himself more than 15 years ago. Fully licensed and insured, the center's technicians undergo thorough training and testing to ensure their ability in fabric care, advanced stain removal, and hand-to-hand dust-mite combat. Quick-drying carbonated bubbles revitalize carpets and upholstery as fiber-free flooring such as tile, grout, and stone basks in specialized cleaning solutions and potent suction to return to a gleaming shine. Technicians also flaunt skills in mending water damage wreaked during natural disasters, bursting pipes, and visits from merman in-laws.