It was supposed to be an ordinary day of shopping for Dan Wolt. But at some point between flipping through hangers and carrying duds to the fitting room, a cartoon light bulb materialized above his head. "Buying windows," he said, as the idea alchemized in his brain, "Should be as simple as buying clothes from a local boutique." At the time, Dan was working for a window company dominated by high-pressure sales tactics and long presentations. He could tell customers felt stressed. So after his epiphany, Dan went home and founded Zen Windows, a window- and door-installing business whose signature is its relaxed, user-friendly style.
Green Screen’s expert phone tinkerers renovate ailing handhelds in 72 business hours or fewer with an array of services and factory-licensed components. After gathering devices at one of four convenient drop centers, expert technicians pilot mini zambonis to smooth away cracks and potholes for improved finger skating across pressure-sensitive displays for iPhone 3G or 3GS ($70), BlackBerry Bold, Storm, or Curve ($140) HTC Evo, HD7, or Inspire ($150), Motorola Atrix ($150), or T-Mobile myTouch 4G ($150). Contact Green Screen Teks for other devices and repair services.
When people come to The Salvage Yard Resale Shoppe to drop off items their family has outgrown, they're greeted by another family: three generations of women who curate well-kept housewares. The constantly changing inventory includes everything from costume jewelry and knickknacks to oil paintings and dishes. There's furniture as well, including family-sized dining tables, upholstered couches, and china cabinets. Shoppers might even get lucky and find local memorabilia, such as vintage Indians or Buckeyes pennants.
The professional handymen from Donahue Contracting & Landscaping pride themselves as jacks-of-all-trades when it comes to household projects. They move from lawn and garden to hearth and home, keeping exteriors neat and tidy through regular lawn mowing visits and remodeling interiors with equal aplomb. Homeowners can also call upon their expertise for seasonal work, such as fertilizing and bush trimming in the spring, and plowing snow and unruly snowmen armies in the winter.
For more than 40 years, homeowners have entrusted their yards to the experts at Weed Man. Perhaps it’s because the employees do more than just perform lawn-care services—they cultivate close working relationships with their clients. This means they are available by telephone or smoke signal any time of the day and promptly respond to faxes or emails within 48 hours, and they also explain the technical side of lawn care to their clients. Of course, what keeps customers coming back is the attention the staff members lavish on grass during services, which range from eradicating weeds with EPA-approved products to aerating lawns to ousting destructive insects.
Though the orangey wisps that rise over Tiger Air’s service van are meant to pay homage to the company’s namesake animal, they also resemble flames, which are a much better representation of the company’s area of expertise. The trained technicians deploy to homes and commercial spaces, handily tuning furnaces and air conditioners from an extensive list of brands that includes Ducane, Whirlpool, Lennox, and Amana. As they complete their checks, they run through a series of questions—Are the electric connections secure? Is there duct leakage? Have dust bunnies surveyed the space for development?—that can improve the equipment’s efficiency and subsequently cut energy costs. The staff also aims to educate clients on the latest products to improve their home’s air quality, such as humidifiers, filters, air cleaners, and UV lights.