The owner of Simpatico, which means congenial in Italian, didn’t think the name would stick when it opened in 2009, but it soon came to represent Simpatico’s green mission. By showcasing furniture made with sustainable hardwoods, organic fabrics, and recycled materials, the staff aims to help their customers create healthier living spaces. The eco-friendly offerings range from coffee tables made of reclaimed elm to light fixtures that emit recycled light waves. Simpatico also has a design studio where clients can get professional guidance with furniture selection, as well as custom furniture and renovation services.
One of the East Coast's best-known members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's Wholesale Club serves more than six million members in 201 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, savvy shoppers knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, members can stock up on economy-sized groceries–including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials–grab name-brand electronics, get their vision checked at BJ's Optical, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of the club's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's Wholesale Club's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $3.2 million to charitable organizations.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
With more than 25 years of experience in concrete laying, paving veteran Steve Sparks performs residential and commercial projects with the help of his wife, sons, and daughters. Steve and his familial team construct and repair driveways, sidewalks, and chimneys to ensure that Santa can arrive safely via parachute or monster truck. They also handle removal projects, hauling away defunct concrete and other lingering debris.
Like artists working with a palette of stone, soil, and greenery, teams from S.A.T. Landscape Services paint elaborate stone patios and blossom-laden plots. Members of the Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association, the workers install water fountains, or deliver gravel to driveways or the sides of balding mountains. With gloved hands they wield products such as Mr. Mulch and Oberfield’s concrete, and take on tasks such as mulching, edging, and pruning shrubs. Besides keeping lawns mowed, aerated, and sculpted, they also arrange aesthetically pleasing landscape lighting, lay sod, and seed yards.