The cleaning specialists at Safe Side Chimney Service Inc. tend to home smokestacks’ every need. Routine cleanings rid flues of built-up ash and creosote, which prevents unforeseen chimney fires, and chimney caps help protect interiors from rain, debris, and unexpected visits from Dick Van Dyke. They can also rebuild chimneys and replace water-damaged bricks, and will take the time to carefully explain each recommended repair and service to the homeowner before completing the job.
For decades, Koopman has been synonymous with old-fashioned elbow grease. From the hard work Peter Koopman put into founding his business in 1939 to the projects carried out by the store's customers, Koopman Lumber & Hardware embodies the dedication it takes to make a great home. The family-run franchise stockpiles lumber, tools, and premium paints to carry out any home remodeling project. The staff members also possess a rich well of knowledge that they freely share with clients, whether they're recommending a color of paint to make a living room brighter or the best tools for a DIY project.
New England Overhead Door seals garage floors in style with layers of durable, abrasion-resistant substances ($6.50/sq. ft.). First, an epoxy underlayer binds tightly to the floor's concrete surface. Then the epoxy is sprinkled with multihued flakes in one of 21 color schemes and slathered with a clear polyurea topcoat that resists heat, chemicals, and the temptation to make cars giggle by poking them in the ribs. The floor's new sleek and shiny skin will stay sealed to the ground and is easily wiped clear of skid marks or oil paintings made with WD-40. Service calls can be scheduled the same day for clients with a sudden and pressing need to impersonate Peggy Fleming by skating around garage floors in their socks.
A destination for all things sewn, knitted, or handcrafted, Maria Sews A Lot's custom sewing studio welcomes students and clients alike. With a variety of classes suited for all ages and experience levels, the studio is home to kids learning to thread sewing machines for the first time and adults learning to sew. In addition to classes, Maria Sews A Lot takes orders for custom-made projects, ranging from mother-daughter aprons to curtains, table runners, and monogrammed pillows, and the shop also hosts open-sew times for those who don't own their own sewing machine or just need a quiet place to work.
A seafood dinner does not have to be a jacket-and-tie affair. At Milford Fish Market, the dress code is casual, but that doesn't mean that the seafood's not succulent. From the steamers emerge bright red lobsters and Alaskan king crab legs, which fill the room with the cracking sounds of shells being split. The fryers turn the breaded crust on clams and fish a golden brown, while seafood also stuffs both hot and cold sandwiches. House specials include baked fish and market-priced lobster pie, plucked fresh from a mermaid's oven.
Since 2000, Landscape Depot has transformed the landscape of Greater Boston backyard by backyard, supplying everything from fertile mulch and soil to stone pathways and fountains. Technicians help install walls, veneers, and stairs from both natural and engineered stone, and trucks haul yards of mulch straight to homes. The staff also holds regular do-it-yourself seminars, reviewing various projects so homeowners don't have to rely on the shoddy advice of garden gnomes.