While few of us have the skills or the time to take on home repair or renovation projects, it is good to know the North Country has a cadre of talented service providers who can. In this issue of Strictly Business, you will meet several of them.

Our cover article features Jacki and Jim Wheelin, owners of Mossbrook Landscaping, as well as Mossbrook Roots Flower Farm and Florist. This talented twosome has put their education to work to help homeowners create outdoor living areas. Their stated goal is “to enhance the exterior of a home, raise a property’s value and beautify a whole neighborhood.” Don’t miss their story.

Kregg Bruno, “The Tile Guy from Peru,” is a community treasure whose work has earned him a loyal and growing following. Whether it is a new bathroom, a kitchen remodel or even a fireplace build, he is up to it.

Next in this issue is Karen Bouvier’s article about Adirondack 1892 The Malone furniture store offers not just furniture, but an interior decorating service that has helped owners Shon Parker and Tom Coughlin build a clientele throughout the region.

Identifying a need and filling it has meant business success for Adams Brothers Painting. The two, who grew up in the area, provide residential and commercial painting and offer good advice on how to approach your project. Pat Leary is everywhere—first as the Roto Rooter guy and then as PM Leary Restoration. Now he has partnered with Bruce Champagne of Champagne Siding, Windows and Doors, once again expanding his service offerings. Make sure to read our article about the man who has built his business by never saying “No.”

And then there is this month’s Insight feature, Dan Bosley, a pharmacist and business owner who has locations in both Rouses Point and Keeseville. His innovative initiative called FARMACY provides access to locally grown foods for many who may struggle to reach larger markets.

When you think about home improvements, you may think only of the personal satisfaction they provide. In his article, “Investing in Our Major Asset,” Colin Read discusses their economic impact on property values and their support of housing service professionals.

And then Garry Douglas wraps up this issue with the announcement that November 4-5 will mark the return of the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual Strategic Planning Retreat. The event will offer area business leaders an opportunity to discuss ways to build regional economic partnerships and plan for the resumption of our relationships with our Canadian neighbors.

The pandemic has devastated many industries, but not the home improvement sector. With a greater emphasis on our personal space, it may be time to consider a special project you have been putting off. It will offer satisfaction, add value to your property and keep our local service providers busy.

…and that’s good for business.