Best Landscaping Company: True Craft
Lawn & Landscaping
Michael Smith, who has more than 20 years of horticulture experience, owns True Craft Lawn & Landscaping. Smith is local, too, having graduated from Sun Valley High School and UNC Charlotte.
Best Pest Control: Carolina Pest-Monroe
David Dodd III serves as CEO of the company his grandfather started in 1939. This family has figured out how to keep the ants, bedbugs, cockroaches, fleas, rodents, spiders, ticks and wildlife away. Customers have the option of Eco-friendly pest control service.
1410 Concord Ave., Monroe
Best General Contractor: Diamond
Builders of America
Diamond Builders of America has been remodeling homes since 1985. You can book them to do home additions, bathroom and kitchen remodeling and general renovations. The website has before and after photos, as well as photos and ideas of kitchen, bathroom and home remodels.
Best Flooring Store: Outlook Flooring
Putting in new carpet or flooring doesn’t have to be costly trial and error. Outlook Flooring provides free estimates. Customers can also get a design consultation from a professional. Its website is loaded with creative ideas and advice.
2340 Concord Hwy., Monroe
Best Heating and Cooling Service: Marty Williams & Son A/C & Appliance
Marty Williams has been repairing air conditioners and appliances for 30-plus years. He began working with his son in 2013. Marty Williams & Son A/C & Appliance can fix air conditioners, heating, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers and other appliances.
Union County (980-328-4617)
Best Plumber: FATman Plumbing Pro
The name alone is going to get your attention. FATman serves as an acronym for “Faucet and Toilet.” The company can fix those clogs, slow drains and leaky pipes, in addition to installing or repairing garbage disposals, water heaters and dishwashers.
Best Interior Design: Southern Style
Marcie Padgett runs an interior design firm, “Marcie Padgett Designs” and a home décor and gift shop, Southern Style. Southern Style celebrated its fifth anniversary in October and recently had the country trio Gal Friday Band perform on its lawn.
2416 Providence Road S., Waxhaw
Best Hardware Store: Indian Trail
Readers bypassed those big-box hardware stores to recognize Indian Trail Hardware, which dates back to 1984. Whether you’re looking for an angle, bar or rod, fasteners, hinges, padlocks, springs or wire tools, there’s a very good chance this store has it.
205 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail