The Danbury Review Interviews Luke Huizinga, Owner of Mechanical Detail in Southbury, Connecticut.
I sat down with Luke Huizinga of Mechanical Detail Plumbing in Southbury, CT for our interview. Luke is a straight forward, warm, friendly individual who is loved by many. He's a competent business owner, and Luke Huizinga won the Commit To Be Fit Challenge over at Prime Time Fitness which is actually how we got into contact.
Luke is a local plumber, father and often takes time to work in the community. His small plumbing company has just grown to 3 employees as he does the right work for the right people. He can be found fixing ac units, repairing heaters, troubleshooting boilers or simply turning on the water for someone who thought their washing machine was broken. Although Luke will shy away from Appliance Repair he certainly will help anyone that needs anything repaired in their home.
He's a member of PCNG, a local networking group and the other members swear by his handyman skills. He's a millennial, but a hard working smart one at that. Hopefully we'll see a new breed of hard working millennial in the upcoming years.. Hopefully.
Appliance Repair Pros of Danbury are here to help!
Appliance Repair Pros of Danbury is a local appliance repair company. They handle all almost everything including refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves, washing machines, dryers and other kitchen appliances.
Many people throughout the Greater Danbury area rely on them for all their repairs.
What is unique about the Appliance Repair Pros?
The one thing that separates the Appliance Repair Pros from the rest of the repairmen across Connecticut is that we don't come out unless we can fix it. Most appliance repair companies just try to collect as many service call fees as possible.
We focus less on collecting service fees, but rather focus on repairing just the appliances we can.
Let's say your refrigerator goes dead. Most repair guys will take advantage of the urgency that goes along with all your food going bad and slap you with a high service fee. If you give the Appliance Repair Pros of Danbury a call instead we'll go through a thorough phone conversation to make sure you're not just better off buying a new fridge.
What parts of Connecticut do you service?
We get many service calls from not only Danbury, but surrounding towns. Our team regularly repairs subzero and wolf refrigerators in Ridgefield, Connecticut. The New Fairfield area also reaches out to our appliance repairmen for service. We get a couple calls from Brookfield, CT, but they are primarily looking for someone to come out next day.
We do next day service if we have room. Given our growing popularity in the Greater Danbury region we don't always have room.
What's hardest about being in the Home Appliance Repair Industry?
Definitely the hardest thing about repairing appliances for a living is letting people know that you can't fix their appliance. We try avoid this awkward conversation in the first place by having a thorough talk over the phone.
9 out of 10 times we can repair the given appliance, but once in a while there is just nothing we can do. In that case we need to let the homeowner know that they'll have get a new refrigerator or dishwasher for example.
What's the hardest Appliance to Repair?
GE Appliances are by far the hardest to repair. Often they come with touch screen monitors that we can't usually fix. Those monitors tend to break rather quickly and only can be fixed by a specialized GE technician.
If you're going to invest in a General Electric Appliance make sure to get the highest warranty.
Contact the Appliance Repair Pros of Danbury
Appliance Repair Pros of Danbury
42 Lake Avenue Extension Suite 159
Danbury, CT 06811
Quality Dental of Danbury is much more than a Cosmetic Dentist!
I was searching for a Danbury Dentist the other day to interview. I was floored with how many choices came up when I typed in "Dentist Danbury CT", but I scanned through to see who had it all.
I decided to setup an Interview with Dr. Tagliarini of Quality Dental of Danbury. His dental office was tucked away on North Street in Danbury offers bonding, crows, dental implants, fillings, headache treatment, oral cancer screenings, orthodontic treatment, tooth extractions, periodontal disease therapy, and so much more.
Dental Implants, Headache Treatment, TMJ Treatment, Fillings, Bonding, Crowns... What more could you ask for?
Needless to say, I was really impressed with how many dental services Dr. Tagliarini was able to offer. He had so much passion when he talked about fillings, headache treatment, and dental implants. Clearly, Dr. Tagliarini has dedicated much of his life becoming one of the top notch Dentists in Connecticut as a whole. If you're looking for a Dentist in Danbury CT then just look up Quality Dental of Danbury!
People travel from throughout Connecticut to his office for his expertise in TMJ Headache Treatment, and Cosmetic Dentistry. I never really knew about TMJ, or what it was, but apparently people suffer from these terrible headaches for years. Through his dental expertise he is able to cure TMJ / TMD permanently.
Dental Associates Danbury CT
Dental Associates Danbury CT is another nearby Dental office. I tried calling them as well, but couldn't get in touch with a dentist there to schedule an interview.
Looking for Landscaping in Danbury CT?
I met with Corby Hocker, The owner of The Grounds Guys of Danbury. The Grounds Guys offer lawn maintenance, and full service landscaping to the local Danbury area including Southbury, Brookfield, Bethel, Newton, Sandy hook and more. Corby had a very interesting story as he was traveling the world as an investment banker not too long ago. He had been doing landscaping as a hobby his entire life, but only recently did he take his passion for the outdoors and turn it into a reality.
Being an investment banker meant much time away from his family, and even less time outdoors. Nowadays, he's a The Grounds Guys franchisee, and spends his time building a business he loves. Corby can be found planting shrubs, gardens, perennials, annuals, trees, and cleaning up after storms. When he's not caring for his clients throughout the Greater Danbury area you'll be able to find him on the soccer field, basketball court or skating around the hockey rink with his energetic four kids!
When did you start the Grounds Guys of Danbury?
I started The Grounds Guys in March of last year, and we're growing rapidly with the help of our team. Becoming a part of The Grounds Guys was one of the best choices I've ever made. The Grounds Guy's core values were right in line with mine, and the franchise provides a ton of support including the back office, marketing and brand recognition.
Cara McArdle joined The Grounds Guys team as a Design & Marketing expert, both graphical and garden design. She's equally skilled in creating our marketing materials and designing/installing flower and vegetable gardens for our clients. We've recruited some great people over the past year, but are always looking for hard workers who have a passion for providing high quality service.
What's the toughest thing you went through then opening the Grounds Guys of Danbury?
Hiring the right people isn't the easiest thing to do. The weather isn't always sunny and warm, and the days aren't always short. We have high requirements for our employees including drug testing. The hardest thing for us was finding good help. Today's new culture is different, and hard workers are definitely hard to come by. But I feel great about the team I have, know they have the same values for quality service that I do, and we are ready for spring.
If a customer was looking for landscaping in Danbury and had to choose between the Grounds Guys and 3 other businesses just like it - why choose yours?
The customer service that The Grounds Guys is able to give to each and every customer. There are a lot of landscaping services around, but not many that have a standard of service required by a parent company. Those standards combined with my own personal commitment to building a trusted, reliable, high quality landscaping business are what set us apart. You know when a uniformed, scheduled Grounds Guy landscaper comes to your home you can expect a very high standard of service. The reviews on our Facebook page confirm that. Every customer matters. If there is a rain or other delay the customer is notified of that. I do exactly what I say I'm going to do. Superior customer service combined with quality service is the name of my game.
Some services sell on price, and you know, you get what you pay for. I focus on the value you get from my services. I want you to feel like the investment was worth it, and it will show in your landscape. That’s what makes me excited to get out there every day.
There is plenty of business around the Danbury area, and I know my clients have a choice. When they give the Grounds Guys a chance to meet their home care needs, our clients are happy with the results and continue as our clients. We can’t wait to meet more of our neighbors in the Greater Danbury area and show what the Grounds Guys can do.
In 6 months from now, where would you like the Grounds Guys Business to be?
Double in size! I'd like us to be at 2 trucks, and 2 full-time crews. There is plenty of business around the Danbury area, and many people are settling for sub-par lawn service. Our team can't wait until the Greater Danbury area realizes what they're missing out on!
Wrapping things up with the Grounds Guys of Danbury
Corby was a real stand up guy. Learning that he was traveling the world as an investment banker, but changed his whole career around to be able to spend time with his family and work outside was impressive. Making a big career change while needing to support a family is admirable.
Grounds Guys of Danbury
Looking for a job? We're always looking for qualified landscapers to join our growing team. Apply at www.applyatgroundsguys.com
Serving from Woodbury to Danbury including Southbury, Newtown, Brookfield, Bethel, and New Fairfield.
Looking for a Handyman in Ridgefield, Wilton or Weston CT?
I met with Al of Handyman Pro of Fairfield County who handles handyman work throughout Ridgefield, Wilton, Weston and the rest of Fairfield County. He was in the trades industry for the 30 years, building new homes, fixing older homes, and restoring almost everything.
People looking for Carpentry Services call Al for many different needs from Windows, Cabinetry, and Hardwood Flooring to Lock Replacement, Doors, and Skylight Installation.
He’s your local jack of all trades Handyman who will handle any home improvement job.
What made you want to go into the Handyman Business?
People always need something fixed at home. Having 30 years of experience in the industry I knew that I could do right on every handyman job I received. Helping people in the community is a great feeling, and people really appreciate the fair price I give them.
What was the toughest thing about opening your Handyman Business in the Ridgefield, Wilton and Weston Areas?
Although I’ve lived in Ridgefield, Connecticut all my life the hardest thing about opening my Handyman business was getting my name out there.
I could tell you a hundred things that weren't hard! Now that Pro Handyman Pro of Fairfield County is off the ground the only thing that can be difficult is scheduling. I try to be as flexible as possible when it comes to timing my jobs, but sometimes jobs can take longer than expected.
If a customer was to choose between your Handyman Business, and 3 others just like it – why choose Handyman Pro of Fairfield County?
I’ve been in the trades for what seems like a million years, and I’ve seen it all. I’ve got the utmost confidence that I’ll be able to handle a job faster, and better than any other Handyman in the business.
There are a ton of people in the Handyman niche nowadays. A lot of them have gotten their start because of fixing things around their own house so they figure they could do it for others while making a couple bucks.
Handyman Pro of Fairfield County is different. I’ve been in the trades for the last 30 years, and moved into the handyman industry to help the local community. It’s hard finding a fair price these days. I get a ton of repeat customers, and referrals because of my honest pricing.
Wrapping things up with Handyman Pro of Fairfield
Looking for Athletic and Personal Development in CT?
I met with Keith Deyo the owner of The EDGE Performance Training located in the Danbury Sports Dome. The EDGE Performance Training works with youth athletes and their families by providing them with the tools and resources to maximize their genetic potential. Their unique training programs provide a three-dimensional scope of training to tap into and develop the body, mind and soul.
The EDGE Performance Training located in Danbury CT isn’t anything like just seeing a personal trainer. They specialize in working athletes both young and old. In order to ensure that every client is a perfect fit they even have a 90-minute qualification process that each athlete must undergo to be accepted into one of their programs. The athletes that are truly committed to outperforming their competition and ready to put in the work on and off the field will do very well in this initial qualification process.
If a customer was to choose between The EDGE Performance Training, and three other athletic training facilities in Connecticut – why choose yours?
The results we have had with our youth athletes does the talking. We do very little talking about the success of our athletes and taking all the credit for their success. We allow the athlete to shine and look forward to seeing them reach their goals and dreams. Being able to provide development mind, body, and soul while at the same time really getting to know our clients and their families sets us apart from other programs in our area.
A high percentage of our scholastic athletes often become Captains of their sports teams at school, excel in their classes with 3.5+ GPAs, and set huge goals each year to accomplish both physically and mentally. Personal development has become a huge part of our training, and we expect our clients to be committed to succeed both on the field, in their community and in the classroom. Our facility is a low risk high reward environment that breeds excellence while attracting some of the area’s most talented, hard working, committed, well rounded youth athletes and their families.
Training the body, mind, and soul is the key to having a huge impact all year long with our athletes. Follow us on Twitter @successct or find us on Facebook @TheEDGEPerformanceTraining or Instagram @The_EDGE_Performance to see our testimonials.
If you had to start over from Day 1 – What would you have done differently?
I would have focused 100% in my business rather than spending the first few years doing it part time. Getting a dedicated facility was the key to our growth. I wish I could go back as an athlete because at age 32 I was already 3 knee surgeries in, and told I could never play sports again. That’s not where I saw myself at that stage in life. I was wired for sport and competition and looked forward to being very active every day. All of the banging on my body throughout my childhood and as a 3 sport collegiate athlete had finally caught up.
That was tough, as a youth athlete I would of loved to have a facility like ours to train in. I also wish I had someone take the time to show me how important personal development and building up my mind was when I was growing up. Physically we are all limited, but mentally we are all unlimited. Mindset is the difference between the goods and the greats; the greats are mentally focused and willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want.
Wrapping it up with Keith of The EDGE Performance Training in Danbury CT
I had never actually been in the Danbury Sports Dome until my interview with Keith of The EDGE Performance Training. They’ve got an amazing facility there. The turf they use is low impact, and makes a huge difference for any athletes training directly on it. Keith speaks about his training system with such conviction and energy that you can easily tell that this is a true passion for him.
The EDGE Performance Training
25 Shelter Rock Ln
Looking for a Tree Service in Danbury CT?
I met with Bill of the Danbury Tree Service Pros. He's got two tree work crews, and a lot of history in the tree service industry. Bill has been working with his hands since the young age of 15, and personally supervises every tree removal that his tree service handles.
Bill has been in the Tree Business for over 20 years, and has seen it change from a tight knit group of professionals to a much larger and less professional group. After the storms of Irene and Sandy there have been tree services popping up on every corner in Danbury. This influx of "Tree Removal Experts" has created a bad name for the tree care industry, and resulted in a common distrust of tree care professionals.
Bill knows that it won't be easy to improve the name behind tree services in Danbury, but he's devoted to changing people's minds one tree job at a time.
If a Customer was to choose between L & T Tree Service, Barts Tree Service, and Torcasio Tree Service - why choose yours?
We've got nothing bad to say about L & T Tree Service, Bart's Tree Service or Torcasio. Each one of those professionals are great at what they do. Bart's handles some very tricky tree removals throughout Fairfield County as a whole. The guys from Land and Tree are great guys, and they put 100% into every tree removal they do. Torcasio Tree Service has been here almost as long as we have. Tony, the owner of Torcasio is a great guy, and he runs a serious tree work crew.
What it really comes down to when choosing the right tree service is price and availability. Bart's Tree Service, L & T, Torcasio Tree Service, and our Tree Service will all do a great job. Each one of us handles tricky tree removals, and other tree work. We don't really know any of the other tree services in town as well as these guys.
Do your research, look at each tree service's website, reviews, and make some calls. Compare quotes, and availability. We won't always be the lowest in town, but we'll make sure you get taken care of very quickly.
Wrapping things up with the Danbury Tree Service Pros
I know who I'll be calling for my next tree removal. Bill is a real stand up guy, and he's answered the previous question much difference than most people do. It was great meeting Bill, and learning about his tree service.
Danbury Tree Pros
42 Lake Ave Ext Ste 159
Danbury, CT 06811
Looking for Waxing in Danbury CT?
I met with Samantha who is the Manager of the European Wax Center of Danbury. The European Wax Center is a professional waxing spa dedicated to turning the sometimes unpleasant experience of hair removal into an amazing experience.
All the wax at the European Wax Center of Danbury CT is patented specifically for the European Wax Center. They don’t just do hair removal, but rather they educate their customers on the whole process of waxing, how to take better care of their skin, and keeping their skin healthy year round. They specialize in Revealing Beautiful Skin, in the atmosphere of a beautiful, elegant salon.
What made you want to go into the Hair Removal and Waxing Business?
Samantha started her career working for the Stamford, Connecticut location of the European Wax Center. She enjoys the brand and was promoted to become Manager of the European Wax Center of Danbury. The European Wax Center uses a specific comfort blend of wax that is a lot less painful than other hair removal shops, and a 4 step process that ensures skin care.
If a customer was to choose between the European Wax Center, and three other hair removal spas in the Danbury CT area – why choose yours?
We specialize in waxing, and only waxing. Our focus is to reveal our guest’s Beautiful Skin. We use a 100% beeswax formula, and have a unique 4 step process that really sets us apart. We educate our customers on how to take care of their skin at home so they can receive the full benefits of waxing.
We also give one FREE WAX to all of our first time customers! For women we offer a FREE eye brow, underarm, and bikini line waxing or a Brazilian at 50% off. We also service men, and offer FREE eyebrow, ear, or nose waxing for them.
What’s the toughest thing about having a business in Danbury?
Getting the WORD OUT! People are still very unaware of what we do here. We’re located right in the Stop and Shop Plaza on Newtown Road in Danbury, but people just don’t know exactly what the European Wax Center does. As we continue our marketing efforts, the word is definitely spreading about our wonderful Wax Service!
Besides offering a comfort specific wax blend, a 4 step waxing process, and lower rates, we also have the ambiance of the Wax Center. Our staff is friendly, welcoming, and are all certified aestheticians.
Finishing things up with the European Wax Center of Danbury
I was offered a free wax for helping the European Wax Center out with a feature on The Danbury Review, and I gladly obliged. I got a full back wax which may be too much information, but there was a significant pain difference between them and the other places I’ve been in Danbury CT. They did a great exfoliation beforehand, and gave me some great tips for skin care between waxes. I’ll definitely be heading back to the European Wax Center of Danbury.
European Wax Center
72 Newtown Rd
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: (203) 826-2827
Website: www.waxcenter.com/ct-danbury (You can book online!)
Looking for Cell Phone Repair in Danbury?
I met with Ricky Espinal of MobiFix.Repair, a phone repair business that comes to your home in Danbury. MobiFix repairs iPhones, Androids, iPads, and all other smart phones or tablets. Their quality is just as good, if not better quality than other, more well-known cell phone repair shops in Danbury, Connecticut.
In addition to providing quality phone repair service in Danbury, MobiFix also provides the excellent customer service. By the time you drive to the mall, wait in line at the phone repair kiosk, wait for the repair to be done, and then drive home… You could have had MobiFix at your home, a phone repaired, and have played 25 minutes of Candy Crush or Pokemon go – whatever you’re into.
Not to mention the money you’ll have saved on your smart phone repair. MobiFix doesn’t have expensive overhead that kiosks, and phone repair shops in the Danbury Mall do.
What made you want to get into the Mobile Phone Repair Business in Danbury?
"I’d also like to be able to service the other CT areas such as Brookfield, New Fairfield, Bethel, and Ridgefield with additional vans. It’ll definitely be difficult to find others with the same passion as myself, but I’m very optimistic," says Ricky.
If a customer was to choose between your iphone repair business, and three others just like it in Danbury CT… Why choose yours?
“I’m a local business in Danbury. I’m not cellaris, the sprint store, or a random cell phone repair kiosk. I could be making 10x a much at my old job, but I’m building my phone repair business because it’s a passion of mine. You’ll notice that passion in my quality repairs, and great customer service."
Wrapping things up with MobiFix Repair of Danbury Connecticut
I was really impressed with Ricky. It’s always difficult to be a solopreneur but he really cares about his customers, and there is a need for mobile cell phone repair in Danbury.
Looking for New Things To Do in Danbury?
I met with Kris the owner of Escape 101, a new addition to the Danbury community. Growing up in Bethel, Kris always had a serious lack of things to do. You could either go to the mall, the movies or sit home and play video games. Escape 101 provides a fresh new look at entertainment for all ages. You have exactly 60 minutes to get out of the locked room. Your team will need to solve puzzles to earn keys or combinations to further your escape.
Escaping from the rooms takes serious team work. They have three rooms available with a fourth in production. For those like myself with a competitive mindset they have two of the same room for head to head battles.
What made you want to start Escape 101 in Danbury?
“I spend a lot of my time in NYC, and love their escape room scene. There wasn’t anything like this in Danbury or even this part of Connecticut.” explains Kris. The father of one of the kids who’s trying to solve the Widow’s Room with their friends interjects to explain how great it is to have somewhere that his daughter is excited to go. On top of having fun on a Saturday afternoon she is able to learn teamwork develop problem solving skills.
You've got a night off, why choose Escape 101?
Escape 101 is something entirely new to do in Danbury. The environment is friendly, welcoming, and we have an all-star staff that makes the whole escape experience fun and challenging. In 6 months from now we’re looking to be a big part of the Danbury community. We’re looking to establish Escape 101 as a great opportunity for team building and networking. We’re constantly investing in new technology, new games, and developing new escape rooms.
The Danbury Community and Escape 101
Kris was enthusiastic about the opportunity for Escape 101 to become part of the Danbury Community. I definitely agree with him that there is nothing else like it in Danbury or the surrounding Connecticut area. I’ll have to get a few friends together to do the head to head Escape Room soon!