At Jo-Ann's Gardens, rainbows don’t just spring from clouds. They can be grown from the ground up, with help from raindrops, sunbeams, and earthworms’ sweet, tender lullabies. Some rainbows are made of flowers such as geraniums and petunias, which bloom from hanging baskets and patio pots. Others pepper the tree nursery, where evergreens mingle with budding hydrangea and sugar maples that blush red come fall. Proven Winners annuals add pop to garden beds in the spring and summer, and perennials weather harsh winters to bloom year after year. The garden center also peddles plant-tending tools, landscaping staples, and garden decorations, which range from stone statues to three hues of mulch. In addition to cultivating seedlings in seven greenhouses, attentive staffers arrange cut blooms at the floral shop and install sod, ponds, and irrigation systems through a landscaping service. :m]]
Since it's founding in 1944, Pratt-Abbott Cleaners has blossomed and branched out to 19 area locations. Employees revive apparel with premium dry-cleaning finishing techniques, spotting and processing textiles in roughly one day's time or on the same day if dropped off before 8 a.m. They also offer free dry-cleaning pickup and delivery services to homes or magical wardrobes that happen to lead to homes.
The uniform- and linen-rental service supplies businesses with everything from basic industrial uniforms from Chef Works and Reed to premium wear from Adidas and Champion. Pratt-Abbott Cleaners also partners with other businesses during the annual Coats & Toys for Kids campaign to clean and donate more than 40,000 gently used coats to families in need.
Moe Houde learned the art of carpentry from after-school sessions in his father’s woodshop. The modest napkin holders and model wooden boats he built sparked a passion that years later blossomed into Houde Home Construction. Along with his wife, Connie, Moe operates a business that specializes in custom renovations and new-home construction, and he encourages customers to participate in all phases of the building process. Connie manages the books, Moe works one-on-one with clients, and their dogs, Coco, Kirby, Caesare, and Zola, safely guard all building permits and bark out OSHA code.
Scott and Michele Littlefield have been keeping Portland and Saco's driveways, roadways, and commercial lots free of cracks and wear since 1995. Scott manages every project, lending a hand as his team of trained technicians applies coal tar or asphalt sealant and rubber crack filling to mend damaged pavement and chipped teacups. When they're not outfitting driveways with sleek, black finishes, technicians further help their clients keep up appearances by plowing snow, removing tree stumps from lawns, and painting parking-lot stripes.