In 1934, Ben and Lena Rosen realized their humble dream of opening a mom-and-pop hardware store on Norfolk Street. As business flourished, customers began to request items beyond the scope of the shop's plumbing supplies, such as paint, window treatments, or tools to convert Cold War bomb shelters into Y2K panic rooms. Over the years, Norfolk Hardware & Home Center has responded to demand by expanding into a 40,000-square-foot store and warehouse manned by more than 50 employees. Their helpful, honest advice—along with their stockpile of appliances, paint, tools, hardware, and other home supplies—makes DIY home makeovers a breeze.
In 1989, Patrick Osgood founded Osgood Painting & Contracting Services, LLC in order to supply his clients with a one-stop shop for general contracting services. Today, those services encompass projects for both residential and commercial clients, from painting and carpentry to demolition and roofing. The outfit’s licensed technicians ably lather walls with quality paint and deliver an array of finishing effects, from contemporary looks to treatments that more closely resemble the first postmodern cave drawings.
Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply, which Northshore Magazine editors and readers voted as the best bath supplies store in the North Shore area, equips homeowners with a vast assortment of kitchen and bathroom furnishings from dozens of brands, including Dornbracht, Duravit, and Fairmont. Contemporary designs and classic models dot a 4,500-square-foot showroom, where a knowledgeable staff helps customers select the polished chrome towel bar ($34) or two-robe bathroom hook ($15) that best matches their lucky hubcap. An American Standard single-lever kitchen faucet expels water through a sprayer ($75), and a Grohe showerhead unleashes jets of moisture from a 6-inch-wide chrome disk ($63). Two levels of magnification power on a double-sided Kimball & Young vanity makeup mirror ($107) provide an up-close view for poring over pores or communicating face-to-face with the tiny pilots in your eyeballs. Designer Bath and Salem Plumbing Supply does not provide installation.
In 1986 Govall Cleaning Services started blazing a cleaning trail through the homes and offices of the Boston area. More than 20 years later they're still at it. Bearing cleaning supplies and an impressive work ethic, their cleaners thoroughly and efficiently restore homes and offices to a state of cleanly calm. In addition to residential and commercial cleaning, they offer postconstruction cleanup to tote away debris and painting services to cover murals of ex-spouses.
DustBusters’ bonded-and-insured professionals spruce up commercial and residential spaces from the inside out. Technicians venture to homes and offices and seamlessly move from bathrooms to kitchens to office spaces while vanquishing stains, dirt, and mummified dust bunnies. Seasoned repair technicians also improve real-estate investments by installing tile and making handicap-accessible ramp adjustments, or fix malfunctioning structural elements with door replacements, pressure washing, and electrical repairs.