A Garage Where The Heart Is

When a couple of empty-nesters in Collegeville, Penn. looked for interior designers, they didn’t want to stop with someone specializing in bathrooms and boudoirs. After all, people live into the triple digits these days, so retirement should be even more fun than our working years. So they wanted a garage that reflects their interests, is ... Read More »

Improving economy spurs growth in franchises

Budding business owners in southeastern Michigan, many wanting to cater to an aging population, are aggressively pursuing franchise opportunities to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams. Franchise consultants say their clients have become more serious in the past year, encouraged by the state’s improving economy and business tax reforms. “We had a lull in franchises, with many ... Read More »

Getting in shape in 2014? Give your closet a workout, too

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming? Getting organized is second only to losing weight as the top 2014 resolution, according to, citing a study conducted Jan. 1 at the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. If you’re a clothing, shoes and accessories hoarder and one of your resolutions is to get rid of closet ... Read More »

Pierce County a sweet spot for growing companies

Pierce County’s economic recovery from the recession has been accelerating in pace over the past 14 quarters, according to the latest county Economic Index report. That study also forecast a 2.8 percent rise in economic growth rate for this year. Positive factors in this growth include rising international trade activities, growing aerospace and health care ... Read More »

Remodels and retrofits

Fresno sees boom in building projects as homeowners gain confidence in the economy. The uptick in the Fresno housing market is helping to revive another sector of the wounded industry—home remodeling. “Building permits for home additions, alterations and repairs were up 28% in July compared with the same time a year ago, according to the ... Read More »

Daily life now within disabled vet’s reach

One day last winter, Verne Rider stopped by the two-story house with its wheelchair ramp and Stars and Stripes flying from a pole, and presented a hard-to-refuse offer to its homeowners. Rider, a military and veterans affairs case worker, had received a call from a colleague saying that the owner of Closets by Design in ... Read More »

Skokie family wins gift of organization

SKOKIE — Even with a $25,000 gift certain to get their new year off to a badly needed organized start, the Lancasters are careful to keep the “Me Monster” away. That’s what Jason and Melissa Lancaster of Skokie sometimes call the impulse to focus on oneself — wanting “stuff” when there are so many people ... Read More »

Organize it All

Closets by Design has solutions to make more space in your home and garage When it comes to organization and functionality, there are several areas that seem to beg for some structure. Closets that become a catch-all for clothes, shoes, linens, accessories, home items, toys and more. Garages can become so full of gardening equipment, ... Read More »