Realizing that she was left with little time for cleaning after getting through the rest of her family and work obligations, Miss Marie started hiring maids to clean her home. But the results weren’t always great. Generally dissatisfied with these housekeepers’ work, she started her own housecleaning business to help people keep their homes exceptionally tidy and give them back the hours they would otherwise spend cleaning. For each job, Miss Marie’s Maids dispatches teams of two to homes to harvest sparkling surfaces with eco-conscious tools, such as steam mops for hardwood floors, chemical-free cleansers, and microfiber towels. Like the internationally accepted rules for hide-and-seek, their service checklist includes all the major areas of the home, and clients can invest in extras such as laundry, oven cleaning, and pantry organization.
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.