If there's a vegetable that can't be pickled, Matt Bressan has yet to find it. As the owner of Fresh Crunch Pickles, he excels at brining and jarring veggies such as cucumbers, cabbage, beets, and ginger in an array of traditional flavors. He and his team showcase their gallery of pickled delights on a simple white and green-checked, picnic-style tablecloth every weekend at five Capital-area farmers markets. Bressan also inducts others into his art with pickling classes, which elucidate the basics of making sweet and spicy, bread-and-butter, and other pickle varieties. Every workshop includes a complimentary jar that students can take home and plant in their backyard to grow their own pickle tree.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
The technicians at Eko Smart Solutions keep homes energy efficient by reducing drafts, improving air quality, and lowering their overall carbon footprints. Their energy audits assess how much energy a building consumes, then provide a plan to make homes run more efficiently. These audits may save homeowners between 10% and 45% on their energy bills and significantly reduce their consumption of environmental resources.
Signature service: Tax preparation
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Clients are welcome to phone ahead about the wait time anticipated; however, appointments are not taken
America's Best Energy Team can help clients see stars?ENERGY STARs, that is. A subsidiary of award-winning contracting company North Virginia Roofing, America's Best probes residences with all manner of diagnostic equipment to determine the building's energy efficiency. With blower equipment, they check to see if doors leading outside maintain an airtight seal and seek out air-leakage sites. Beyond diagnostics, they can also work to seal air-leaks and add insulation by installing new windows, re-caulking, installing weather stripping on doors, replacing old siding, sealing leaky floors and holes in ductwork, and updating outdated heating and cooling systems that still run on hamster power.
As someone who used to struggle with weight gain herself, Denise Lee understands the immense effort that goes into staying healthy. At Pinpoint Personal Training Services, she uses her personal experience to guide clients down the same path toward peak fitness that she undertook herself. Her exercise curriculum spans from kickboxing and yoga to cardio exercises and kettle-bell work. Because she personalizes her services with each client, she's adept at dealing with a range of needs, from rehabilitation after an injury to fitness newbies looking for guidance.