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.
When Seymour and Esther Fischgrund founded Fish Furniture in 1925, the couple personally stained, painted, and housebroke each piece before sending it home with a customer. Today, Fish Furniture operates a bit more efficiently, but with the same attention to detail and quality. In the eight-plus decades since opening, the business has grown from 2 employees to 70. It features a pair of 40,000-square-foot show rooms, inside of which sit upholstery, bedroom sets, and office trimmings bearing solid-wood construction and the names of well-known manufacturers. Outside the show rooms, Fish's staff travels to homes to provide interior-design advice, and its courtesy touchups mend scuffs and scrapes in a more fashionable manner than haphazardly placed band-aids.
Levin Furniture has been passed down through generations of Levins since 1920, when Jessie Levin persuaded her husband to start a business to help their daughters' prospects. Since then, the business has grown, expanded, and gained a reputation for procuring and selling quality furniture. Levin Furniture's stock includes leather reclining sofas, beautifully carved dining tables, and sleigh beds from Daniel's Amish using hardwood materials from Ohio.
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.
Keeping round-the-clock hours seven day a week, One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning launches uniformed teams of certified technicians on HVAC service, installation, and repair jobs. Each of the company's repairmen undertakes regular classes and seminars to hone skills and remain current on industry advances. Armed with quality parts and equipment, the courteous and punctual technicians journey to households to settle issues with all models of heating and cooling systems, from malfunctioning heat pumps to sputtering air conditioners. Company experts are also available online and over phones to provide immediate answers to customers' concerns or a friendly ear for stories about new crushes.