Quality ceramic and mosaic tile craftsmanship is in John Vadurro's blood. His family emigrated from Italy to the United States more than 60 years ago, bringing with them the knowledge and tradition of such vocations. He bolsters those traditions, however, by keeping abreast of current pattern trends and color schemes. At TileBaths, he oversees all projects, from the initial consultation to the post-production of custom-designed tiles. To ensure high-quality artisan tile work, everyone on his team has undergone at least five years of apprenticeship. Besides crafting pieces for the kitchen, bathroom, and home, they also repair tile and offer upkeep services such as re-caulking.
Since 1994, Wing Stop's franchise locations—more than 600 currently operating or in the works—have cooked up and served more than 2 billion wings, and amassed a considerable following. Whether regular or boneless, these modern-day game-day staples come in one of the shop's 10 signature flavors: Louisiana rub and hickory-smoked barbecue have a classic spicy kick, whereas tanginess prevails in the lemon pepper, Hawaiian, and teriyaki.
Because the wings are always made to order, they derive their heat from their seasonings and their recent stay inside the fryer, rather than from heat lamps or tiny, individual Snuggies. The same amount of care goes into the Wing Stop's housemade sides, which range from fries that are cut daily at each shop to the bourbon baked beans. Even the honey mustard, blue cheese, and ranch dipping sauces are mixed onsite.
Andrew's Carpet, Tile, and Upholstery Care owner Andrew Gray has dedicated the last 12 years to keeping homes clean both inside and out. Free estimates allow Andrew to provide honest assessments to homeowners in need of carpet cleaning, power washing, or water removal, and products from brands such as Chemspec and Pro Choice allow the cleaning expert to thoroughly wash away grime without resorting to extreme tactics such as taunting fabrics till they cry. The bilingual, family-owned-and-operated business also uses its stain-lifting expertise to treat upholstery and furniture, and can help maintain the color and integrity of tile, stone, marble, and grout.
It’s not surprising that Chem-Dry boasts more than 4,000 locations around the world—it uses reliable cleaning agents that are both natural and effective. Its carpet-cleaning process leaves floors treadable in one to two hours with a simple mixture of carbonation and hot water that uses significantly less moisture than steam cleaning or an indoor fire hydrant. The nontoxic cleaner, which Chem-Dry calls The Natural, is safe to use around kids and pets. Technicians can also use a black light to hunt down pet urine spots for treatment, remove water damage, and extract grime from tile and grout before applying a protective sealant.
While attending law school in the ‘70s, Majestic Chem-Dry founder Robert Harris worked as a carpet cleaner by day and an amateur chemist by night. During this stint, he set a mission for himself: to concoct a cleaning formula that succeeded where most others failed. After years of studying the chemical properties of various solutions and performing his own experiments, Robert successfully devised a carbonated cleaning solution that was both effective on stains and safe for kids, pets, and allergy-afflicted poltergeists. With his new invention—named The Natural—in tow, Robert went into business, first serving family and friends before founding his own small carpet-and-upholstery-cleaning franchise. Today, the Chem-Dry network boasts thousands of locations around the world, which are staffed by certified technicians and protect clients with a satisfaction guarantee.