More than two decades ago, Deb Caron Plourde traded the corporate world for the warm confines of her personal glass-fusing studio. The result was Sundancer Stained Glass, now a bustling workshop where beads, sushi plates, and custom windows emerge from the fire each day. Often led by Plourde, regular classes encourage interested parties to hone techniques from sculpturing to smoldering while learned glass-fusers can pick up supplies by brands such as Bullseye and Kokomo for the eventual satisfaction of throwing a baseball through a window you made yourself.
For more than half a century, Mill Stores has dispensed an enormous array of high quality, ready-to-finish wood furniture and accents to enhance homestead comfort. As a factory-finished solid-oak rocker ($249.99) supports reclining spines, a three-step stool ($19.77), crafted from solid eastern white pine, aids customers in accessing difficult to reach shelves filled with stashes of candy and bacon fat. Stockpile bottles of grapey goodness in a solid wood Tuscany wine box ($39.99) or artfully arrange CDs and DVDs in the sliding separators of a solid pine rack ($23.99). A shingled-roof doghouse ($179.99) shelters canines in safe, cozy pine, and a cast-stone scroll birdbath ($49.88) cleanses neighboring loons and fallen airplane peanuts in its stylish cement surface. Shoppers unable to find their desired décor in stock can request customized designs, which Mill Stores crafts in two weeks or less.
Focal Point Gardens transforms backyards into arboreal havens and lends a bright, blossoming accent to porches with annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. The nursery’s horticultural experts help visitors select the fullest butterfly bushes to line their gardens’ sunny pathways and the hungriest flytraps to station beside their homes’ unlocked doggy doors. The garden shop’s Felco pruning shears and Dramm watering products keep leafy friends healthy and well-groomed, and its trellises lend support to climbing vines and bungee-jumping grasshoppers. The store’s professional landscape architects draw on more than 20 years of industry experience to consult with homeowners before erecting terraces, planting shrubs, and coordinating flowers.
Equipped with feather dusters, vacuums, and eco-friendly cleaning products, AZM Cleaning Services’ bonded and insured cleaning teams tackle messes of all kinds. The cleaning teams travel to homes and businesses throughout southern Maine, following a thorough checklist that includes disinfecting, dusting, and vacuuming to ensure all of their jobs are completed to the same standards of cleanliness.