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.
Unitech Wireless's electronics experts improve the stability and usability of consumer mobile devices with personal, in-store services. Technicians can breathe new digital life into waning devices by repairing cracked screens, reseating new memory modules, and wiping away smudges left by talkative teenage parakeets. Devices usually find themselves back in owners' palms within a few days with replacement parts from the original manufacturer in lieu of third-party fabricators. Unitech Wireless's associates also provide comprehensive cellular solutions, such as software suites and asset recovery, for those with technology-driven businesses.
Handyman Connection thoroughly vets each of its skillful technicians, only hiring candidates who pass a background check, boast more than 10 years of experience, and can handle a variety of the shop's handyman services. Technicians come to houses to tackle any project, from fixing the tiniest leaky sink to building enormous stone fences that spell out a nemesis's phone number when viewed from outer space. The renovating services help transform imperfect houses into dream dwellings or fix up minor problems before placing homes on the market.
Cleaning out a gutter is a chore that's not only time-consuming: it can also be dangerous. But when The Gutter Man's experienced, fully insured technicians handle the task, they do it safely and efficiently, even performing extra work such as inspecting the condition of roofing. Homeowners can also purchase gutter-cleaning equipment, much of which the company manufactures independently, at a retail location.
At Thai Massage and Day Spa, visitors can treat themselves to the relaxing "Pamper Me" spa package, choosing three of four available 60-minute services—mani-pedi, haircut and style, facial, or makeup session. The mani-pedi uses OPI products to heap colorful class upon keratin, with a hand and foot scrub with massage soothing paw-pain wrought by games of literal hot potato, and the skin-smoothing facial utilizes SOTHYS Paris products to apply a lustrous finish to the body’s frontispiece. Get a Hollywood-level head-halo with the haircut and style, drawing from the power of J Beverly Hills products for its shampoo and conditioning treatment, or ensure that facial-recognition security systems will dole out confidence-boosting compliments with a makeup application using MAC cosmetics.
Blinds.com bedecks portholes and promotes privacy with a bevy of classic and contemporary window adornments. Sporting an overwhelming 493 billion possible window cover combinations, Blinds.com's helpful blind-finder axes indecision in a process akin to online dating, pairing blind-seekers with their dream window coverings. Free trial samples ship in one business day, allowing potential clients to see how a potential window cover might fit in amongst furniture sets and mounted collections of autographed javelins. Wood blinds, a modern take on the shutter, inject warmth into rooms ($65+), while Roman shades provide a layered touch of elegance ($112+). Solar shades act like Ray-Bans for windows, cutting glare while earning the respect of rough-necked motorcycle gangs ($33+). At-home decorators can rejoice in the Laura Ashley window covering collection, exclusively available at Blinds.com, which coordinates with all Laura Ashley paint colors.