Owners Jayson and Heather Waits import their floral wares from such exotic locales as Ecuador and Holland while serving customers kindly without the fuss of high-pressure floral showrooms. The Pink Lemonade arrangement ($45–$60) gorgeously complements any roadside lemonade stand with pink and yellow roses accented by green buttons, and the included 6-inch crystal cage keeps malignant thorns at bay. Reward a first-rate busker or barista with a dozen wrapped roses in red, white, yellow, pink, orange, or multiple colors ($48). The friendly flower-keepers of Bloomtastic take orders by phone or in store for fresh arrangements suitable for any celebration, including birthdays or a neighbor’s beehive piñata party.
Customers rave about the quick response from the Buckeye Tool Guy, a former schoolteacher who's owned and operated his own construction and repair business since 1989. Frank's Home Repair specializes in all manner of household refurbishment, from electrical and plumbing work to carpentry and drywall installation. Like a rubber couch, Frank works just as well indoors and out, and he also works alone, calling upon more than 20 years of handy experience to attend to a wide variety of household needs.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
Like artists working with a palette of stone, soil, and greenery, teams from S.A.T. Landscape Services paint elaborate stone patios and blossom-laden plots. Members of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, the workers install water fountains, or deliver gravel to driveways or the sides of balding mountains. With gloved hands they wield products such as Mr. Mulch and Oberfield’s concrete, and take on tasks such as mulching, edging, and pruning shrubs. Besides keeping lawns mowed, aerated, and sculpted, they also arrange aesthetically pleasing landscape lighting, lay sod, and seed yards.
Armed with pesticides and a license from the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ray Reed of Reeds Pest Control sets out each day to rid homes of a wide array of pesky critters. With his help, clients can rid their homes of unwelcome guests such as bed bugs, ants, and roaches. In addition to shooing away bug infestations and trapping live animals, Ray also performs monthly and quarterly preventive services—such as raising rent in the cracks and crevices neighborhoods of houses—to keep insect issues from ever arising.
DFW Furniture stocks everything needed to make a house a home. Shoppers can head to any of a dozen store locations across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia to test Cortez leather sofas for the living room or cherry, oak, and pine beds for the bedroom. Ashley and Beautyrest mattresses ranging from "extra-firm" to "very plush" complement new beds and come in a variety of materials, such as memory foam, innerspring, and giant marshmallow. DFW Furniture provides quick delivery to homes up to 100 miles from the warehouse.
For more than 15 years, Van Handy's team of expert home fixers has been tackling household jobs of all sizes. Whether the workers are installing new ceiling fans or completely remodeling kitchens, they strive to leave more beautiful, functional homes behind. In addition to general handyman services—including plumbing and electric work—they repair drywall, renovate bathrooms and basements, and add additions to houses. They also deftly build decks, repair roofs, and transform rooms with carpet, tile, or hardwood. Rather than change their homes' color schemes by splashing the walls with spaghetti sauce, homeowners can summon Van Handy's crew for professional paint jobs.