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March 9, 2015
Best Babysitter Alternative

Susie Kurkowski, the owner of a toy store that offers knitting and cartooning classes, understands that parents of 7 p.m.–bedtime terrors need happy-hour dates.

March 9, 2015
Best Custom Cabinetmaker

The three Pratt grads of MPD Design Build can install a kitchen’s worth of custom cabinets (from barn style to flip-up doors) in about six weeks using wood sourced from Long Island and the Bronx.

March 9, 2015
Best Chandelier Installer

Ivan Butkovic and his electricians at Einstein Electrical can secure the grandest of chandeliers, even if it weighs 300 pounds.

March 9, 2015
Best Florist

Ingrid Carozzi, who sources her dahlias and anemones from tristate farms, leans wild and loose, using “blender” flowers like ranunculus to unify her high-contrast bouquets at Tin Can Studios.

March 9, 2015
Best Interior Painter

Julia Mecha, whose custom colors adorn the lobby of the Ace Hotel and Dior on 57th Street, is also known for her faux finishes (Cuban mahogany and Carrara marble, from $6,000 per room).

March 9, 2015
Best Shade Installer

Horizon Window Treatments is up to any job: It’s designed blinds for the Setai Club and once built a custom shade for a windowpane stretching 18 feet ($3,000 all told).

March 9, 2015
Best Affordable Framer

While a custom wooden 30-by-30-inch is likely to run above $200 elsewhere, Frame It in Brooklyn—which sustains itself on high-volume orders from local hotels and nursing homes—can afford to do the same for $138, including glass and wire.

March 9, 2015
Best Smart-Home Installer

Automating your mood lighting used to be a strictly high-class task, but Paul Bochner’s Electronic Concepts can design and install a system for the relative-bargain starting price of $1,200 (plus equipment costs).

March 9, 2015
Best Leather-Couch Repairman

One-man band Saul Shapiro, formerly an engineer and PR guy, pined for a job that would allow him to bike around and get his hands dirty.

March 9, 2015
Best Affordable Wall Art

One wall of SVA alum Maria Candanoza’s tiny art-and-objet shop is magnetic white Formica, accommodating a heavy rotation of poster-size photo prints by local artists, for under $30, from Object_ify 139.

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