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House Help:  You need experienced help to maintain or renovate a 
Victorian home in an historic neighborhood.  It's easy for an inexperienced worker 
or an ill-thought-out decision to devalue your historic Victorian home.
Here are resource people and places for hard-to-find stuff 
recommended by the neighbors.
 
For Fun:  Just for fun, try doing these great things we've discovered.

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This site is not endorsing or recommending any of these resources.  
These are strictly the opinions of contributors.  Take proper precautions when hiring any contractor. 

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General Contractors: 
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Hello all,
 
I wanted to recommend the City Grinder shop that is in the Ravi gas station at the corner of Sherman and Farmington.  Jay is the owner of the City Grinder.  He and I have become friends over the last few weeks.  The food is excellent.  Not only does he have grinders, but he has a rice dish that is very good.  If you have gotten food at Tangiers (at Farmington and Prospect), it is very similar except it is cheaper...and just as tasty.
 
Tell him that his buddy, Mark the Tree Guy, sent you. 
 
In addition, Jay has spent money from his business (he just rents the space in the Ravi station) to add some little flowers and landscaping to the station.  He also has been watering the new trees.  So, in addition, to providing a delicious product, he is being a good neighbor! 
 
Help our local business!  Check out City Grinder.
 
See you on the block,
Mark
21 Sherman Street 
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Masonry and Landscape stone work: 
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Phil and Gary, John, Doug
5/06 and 5/07

Francisco Gomes
Masonry and Landscape LLC
Design and Construction Services
www.frgomes.com
860-678-7542
2 Maple Ridge Drive
Farmington, CT 06032

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                  About       History       Maps        West End Civic Association     West End Community Center     Other
Stained Glass Repair: 
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 Randy and Tony
12/08

Plum Gully Stained Glass
463 E Ctr St
Manchester, CT 06040-4444
Phone: (860) 646-4920

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Arborists: 
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Mark & Luciano, 21 Sherman Street
5/07

If you're looking for an arborist, call Bruce Graver at 860-563-6581 or check out   http://www.graverstreecare.com/ 

I have used Bruce twice so far.  I highly recommend him.  He was efficient, showed up quickly, and cleaned up nicely.  Plus, I've gotten quotes every time and he is always on the low end.  Two thumbs up from me. 

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Ron Pitz, arborist from Knox Parks Foundation
5/5/07

Leblanc Arborists LLC
Michael J. LeBlanc
East Granby
(860) 653-3999
leblancarborists@sbcglobal.net

 

  
Window Treatments: 
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Carolyn
5/07

Wholesale Wallpaper and Window Treatment Warehouse
485 New Park Ave., West Hartford, CT  06110  860-233-0070   
Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4 

Best price on Levolor mini-blinds that are custom sized.  They give an estimated price based on your measurement, Jerry Reed comes out and measures to order, and returns to install.  Best price, on time, great guy.

  
Food: 
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Mark 
5/07

City Grinder Shop, 
Ravi Gas Station
Sherman and Farmington Ave.

Jay is the owner of the City Grinder.  He and I have become friends over the last few weeks.  The food is excellent.  Not only does he have grinders, but he has a rice dish that is very good.  If you have gotten food at Tangiers (at Farmington and Prospect), it is very similar except it is cheaper...and just as tasty.

 
Tell him that his buddy, Mark the Tree Guy, sent you. 
 
In addition, Jay has spent money from his business (he just rents the space in the Ravi station) to add some little flowers and landscaping to the station.  He also has been watering the new trees.  So, in addition, to providing a delicious product, he is being a good neighbor! 
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