Sep. 18, 11

Cleaning Up Despite the Downturn

Boston.com - September 18, 2011After several unsatisfactory experiences with home cleaning services, including the time a maid locked his cat Foof in the bathroom without a litter box, Mark Kushinsky quit his job as a Jordan Marsh store manager and cofounded MaidPro in 1991. Twenty years later, the Boston company is responsible for cleaning a half million homes a year. It has 120 franchises nationwide and $50 million in annual revenue. Kushinsky spoke with Globe reporter Katie Johnston

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Apr. 29, 07

Let the job dictate the right vacuum

After 16 years in the housecleaning business, Richard Sparacio believes there is no such thing as an all-purpose vacuum. "It's hard to find one vacuum that can do it all," says Sparacio, cofounder of the Boston cleaning service, MaidPro. The company was launched in 1991 after Sparacio's business partner, Mark Kushinsky, had trouble finding a reliable cleaning service for his Beacon Hill home. Today the company, which is based in the North End, has 85 offices in 35 states and serves about 15,000

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Sep. 09, 99

Cleaning Crew Answers Call of Students

The sink is piled with dishes at Andy Yachnowitz's Allston apartment. The trash is overflowing. The dining room table is hidden under soda cans and shoes and poker chips and half-eaten bags of Doritos. Gizmo, the pet pug, has just relieved himself on a doggy-diaper, laid in the center of the floor.But no worry; it's 9:30 on a Wednesday morning, time for the weekly visit from Clean and Shine. After a week of summer sloth, Yachnowitz, 22, a senior at Northeastern University, is getting a break

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May. 03, 98

Moneymakers

Boston is booming again, but with a difference: Today's newly wealthy are less flashy -- and often much younger.Andrew Perlman looks just like any urban dweller in his early 20s, bicycling along the Charles River on his way to work in the pale early-morning light. Tieless and carrying a backpack, he could be an office temp. Or maybe a store clerk.When he arrives at his office, in a four-story building across from the CambridgeSide Galleria, on First Street, he parks the bike in an inner

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