Opening its doors more than 90 years ago, Ricklin’s Hardware and its knowledgable retailers facilitate DIY projects and home renovations with a wide range of supplies. Friendly staff members help visitors to navigate bustling shelves that include 27-piece sets of Great Neck tools designed to help homeowners to maintain their nests ($24.99) and 8-pound jugs of pet-safe ice melter designed to keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians and stray rollaway beds ($16.49). Nontoxic cans of Mythic paint (prices vary) rejuvenate domestic interiors with eco-friendly luster that's free of strong fumes. Grill gurus can abadon old-fashioned tubs of shoe polish to blacken steaks within the newfangled green, black, or copper confines of a Weber Genesis EP-310 grill ($749) or sizzle kebabs on a Weber Spirit E-320 ($499).
Elite Cleaning's amiable grime dispatchers descend upon entropy-laden homes to restore order and freshness through cleaning sessions. With their own products in hand, teams of two systematically scour unkempt surfaces over the course of two hours. Mops glide over kitchen floors as sponges cut through grease and copies of Grease left stuck to kitchen counters, windows and woodwork shed their dust, and bathrooms return to a glistening shine. Additionally, housekeepers carry an arsenal of task-specific products to clean surfaces such as fine hardwoods, granite, or lava.
Drawing from diverse backgrounds in choreography, sports, and dance, the instructors at MasterJay Moves Dance Studios and Philly Premier Pole Dance lead a schedule of coed classes for dancers of all skill levels. The team helps participants to exude allure while practicing Spider-Man impressions on 20 shining poles or hip shaking along to Latin rhythms. Whereas classes impart new skills, private parties allow students and their friends to practice striptease and sensual pole movements in a low-pressure environment so they can celebrate engagements or figure out how to entrance local volunteer firefighters.
Don't let the name fool you—J.B. Painting and Remodeling does a lot more than just paint and rearrange furniture. In addition to painting exteriors and interiors, the craftsmen perform a range of home services, from replacing doorknobs and changing lightbulbs to tiling bathrooms and installing wood flooring. The jack-of-all-trades staff can even assemble furniture, wash decks, caulk loose edges, service lighting systems, and pressure-wash siding.
Since opening its first location in 1990, Handyman Connection has sprouted 120 branches that include the South Jersey franchise, which opened its doors in 2008. Franchise owner Bob Grayson has spent 15 years taking on a wide variety of home-improvement projects, and all specialists under his direction have at least one decade of experience. Services they provide include installing crown molding, painting bedrooms, fixing leaky faucets, and remodeling kitchens. All team members undergo background checks before they can join the licensed, insured, and bonded team.
The gardening store that Bill Green opened in 1943 remains open today, thanks to the oversight of Green's grandson, David. The family-owned business now provides garden design services to assist newly greened thumbs and hosts Saturday classes on topics such as winter rose care and impervious biodome construction. Primex also partners with local philanthropic organizations, helping to fill pantries in need with excess fruits and vegetables, Locally sourced plants fill the nursery and greenhouse, and organic gardening products stand on shelves throughout the store. A knowledgeable staff of horticulturists and gardeners provide garden consultations and advice on botanical matters. Chloe and Rascal, Primex's feline employees, roam the warehouse, greenhouse, and koi pond, dispensing horticultural advice to various inanimate objects.