Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
When the staff at Sam's Cleaning and Hauling say that no job is too big, they mean it. Just look at their roster of services—they clean everything from private homes to big commercial spaces. For house cleaning sessions, they team up in pairs and arrive weekly, biweekly, or monthly according to their clients' wishes, using their own cleaning supplies and tools to scrub, vacuum, and mop surfaces. Heavy-duty jobs might require their carpet-cleaning services, or perhaps a 6–10-hour deep-cleaning session. They can also assist in cleaning out a home—before moving day. The team also takes on the task of setting cluttered attics or garages straight, keeping household items, family heirlooms, or memorabilia, safe and sound.
Each locally owned Savory Spice Shop ensures that its shipments of herbs and spices are ground fresh and in small batches each week. The store's inventory encompasses the familiar and the exotic, making it a one-stop shop for all seasoning needs. An A to Z selection of organic spices and herbs is available, and shelves display fine and coarse salts from around the world. In addition, the shop sells racks to display herbs, and spices, and Spice Girls records. To further engage visitors, Savory Spice Shop organizes classes, chef demonstrations, and pairings that highlight local foods.
Instead of arranging thousands of slides and photos into a presentable slide show or album, you could just take them all to M & M Video Systems. There, the staff transfers the images to DVDs, which can then be shared with family members. The experts also repair VHS and audio tapes, fixing cassette shells and exorcising demons from Black Sabbath 8-tracks.