The warm aroma of freshly baked waffle cones envelops every nook and cranny of Marble Slab Creamery, revving up guests' senses with the promise of impending decadence. As the hand-rolled cones tan in their ovens, the store's staff bustles about the premises whipping up fresh batches of super-premium ice cream in the onsite creamery and helping patrons select a flavour from a list of more than 50 options. This chef-driven dedication to gourmet ice cream began in 1983 with the company's founding in Houston, Texas, when two French chefs were enlisted to create a recipe for Marble Slab Creamery's signature sweet-cream ice cream. Today, staffers utilize the frozen-slab technique of ice-cream architecture, scooping each customer's choice of ice cream and mixins onto a chilled marble slab to mix the separate elements into one customized mélange.
Though specializing in cone-based ice-cream treats, Marble Slab Creamery also offers other scream-worthy confections including cakes, shakes, and ice cream cupcakes. Catering is available at many locations.
Locally owned and operated since 1992, Sketchley Cleaners endeavours to enhance appearances and strengthen the fibres of customers throughout Kitchener and Waterloo. The specialists employ a progressive selection of laundering techniques ($2.50+) that include folding and starching shirts and hand-scrubbing collars and cuffs. Using gentle machine cycles and waterless solvents, staffers work to purify pants ($7.35+) and dresses ($12.10+); hand-pressing services pamper two-piece suits ($15.25+), eliminating wrinkles and evidence of lunch-hour snorkelling sessions. Depending on the services requested, clients pick up clothing items within 1–3 days of dropping them off. Sketchley’s King Street East location in Kitchener and Bridgeport Road and Weber Avenue locations in Waterloo also offer on-site tailoring, making it possible to finally stitch a favorite shirt-and-pant combo into a unitard.
After five years in business, Grant and Joe Sappy, co-founders and owners of K/W Lawn Care, are still trying to figure out who is the company’s president and who is the CEO. But the pair agrees on the company’s mission: to make their clients’ landscaping visions a reality. Drawing on the expertise of trained horticulturists, the Sappys help clients select the best plants and trees to meet their goals, and then install them using state-of-the-art equipment. In addition to cultivating relationships with architects and horticulturists, the Sappys partner with local providers to minimize the cost of materials such as mulch, fertilizer, or garden-gnome repellent. K/W Lawn Care maintains existing yards with services such as planting, weed control, and lawn cutting and fertilization as well as snow removal and holiday-lighting installations.
The technicians from Clean Master Services banish dirt from carpeting, grout, and air ducts with the heavy-duty prowess of a truck-mounted system. The system includes a high-pressure hot-water rinse that heftily extracts grease and residue from tile and grout. The clean team's strategy for tackling upholstery—a dry-foam system—takes advantage of circular brushes, turbo-vacs, and shampoos that crystallize for swift removal. The team also uses a suction device with a 100-kilometre reach to remove contaminants and give houseplants a break from the chore of producing clean air.
Maid Simple House Cleaning’s owners and operators, Janna and Jim Chindamo, openly accept special requests. They bring their own cache of cleaning products to each client's home, and they understand that some things require extra attention. If homeowners prefer the use of their own products, such as eco-friendly cleaners or soaps stolen from Mr. Clean's personal stash, Janna and Jim gladly use them while overseeing the cleaning of kitchens, bathrooms, and living areas.
Kristen Brodie's portfolio showcases the diversity of her talents. Her projects have ranged from contemporary rehabs of living rooms and kitchens, to her own hand-painted undersea murals. Though decorating is Kristen's forte, clients can also solicit her creative touch for large or small-scale organizing projects.