The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($4.99 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.
When Max Schneiderman began his family’s business, it was a grocery store first and foremost. Then Schneiderman’s began to carry a few furniture items and slowly these grew to overshadow the cans of soup and produce until the furnishings finally swallowed the foodstuffs whole.
Now, Schneiderman's Furniture has spread from the Iron Range to spots throughout the Twin Cities. The showrooms stock local and foreign furniture from more than 100 manufacturers. Many items in stock can be customized in color and texture to match a homeowner's current obsession with plastic flamingos.
The ISA–certified arborists at Hayden's Ridge Tree Service specialize in one thing: trees. Since 1986, they have beautified landscapes with a range of installation, maintenance, and removal services. Insured technicians adhere to strict safety standards as they prune trees and shrubs, support struggling trunks with cabling and bracing, or plant burlap-wrapped saplings. Lot-clearing, brush-chipping, and stump-grinding services rid landscapes of tree relics, and tree-removal services accompany community-impact meetings with local Ents. After completing services, technicians clear away any remaining debris, leaving yards spotless.
The EPA-certified technicians of Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning have been safeguarding indoor air quality since Jimmy Carter was in office. That's more than 32 years spent ensuring home air conditioners, furnaces, thermostats, and boilers are up to snuff. The team can also replace tired units with brand-new ones by Honeywell, Weil McClain, or Lennox, and is available 24 hours a day for emergencies, such as tending to a wall-mounted AC that has fallen and can't get up.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
The techs at Bonfe's Plumbing, Heating and Air Service have been tweaking climate-controlling devices of all makes and models for more than 15 years. They arrive at homes wearing uniforms and shiny badges, which indicate their employment with Bonfe and distinguish them from communist-propaganda inspectors. Techs don shoe covers to protect floors and furniture from damage and dirt, and if their work areas aren't tidy when they leave, Bonfe will compensate customers either with money or three magic beans. To ensure satisfactory same-day and emergency service, a staff member is always available by phone—day and night, all week long.