After a successful career in manufacturing, Will Speace was looking for a change of pace. A long-time car buff, he decided to create Columbia Junction Car Wash to test his business acumen and sharpen his service skills. The flourishing business, carried on today by his wife and two sons, treats car owners to a variety of gentle and high-tech services. Soft-cloth or laser-wash technology wipes away road grime, while a la carte detailing services tackle upholstery, bug removal, bug burial, and rims.
With winter on the way, it's time to pull your heavier fabrics out of storage to air out the trapped sweat from last winter and the must of dead attic bears. Instead of dousing your wool suit in perfume, Febreeze, or deer scent, send it to the cleaners for the fresh scent and superior fit of a newly dry-cleaned suit. With today's Groupon, $25 gets you $50 worth of dry cleaning from Hourglass Dry Cleaning. If you're skeptical, consider the testimony of a man of science, John Hopkins University’s own Professor Philip Warsaw:
Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.
For more than five decades, Prestige has been chaperoning precious pieces and extrafine fabrics through an extensive cleaning and restoring process. Cashmere sweaters (around $29.50) are carefully cleansed, silk skirts (around $19.95) are treated with the utmost respect, and Italian suit jackets (around $24.50) return magically reinforced with that new Ferrari smell. In Prestige's sanctuary of stain lifting, the talented tailors take care to protect fragile buttons and clasps, treat spots with a careful eye for delicate fabrics, and clean using a chlorine-free synthetic petroleum bath that approaches nervous nylon and skittish silk with a firm yet gentle hand. Hand finishing finishes the job by pressing unruly clothes into line with pleasant pleats, returning suits, shirts, and power kilts to their rightful owners looking clean, wrinkle-free, and capable of dating ten years younger than their chronological age.
When a career as a fitness instructor instilled in him the importance of a balanced yet palatable diet, Stephen Charles Lincoln founded The Protein Bakery in 1999 to sate clients' sweet teeth while maintaining fitness-focused bodies. Lauded by Oprah Winfrey as "genuinely delicious," the bakery's cookies, brownies, and blondies—all baked in small batches daily—blend decadent flavors with nourishing whey protein and wheat-free, high-fiber ingredients. Perfectly cut brownie squares in flavors such as mint and espresso¬ mingle with peanut-butter and chocolate-chip blondies to create protein-packed snacks. Cookies in flavors such as oatmeal cranberry and chocolate chocolate chip pack up to 6 grams of protein each to forge healthy treats and help to jump-start the bodybuilding careers of dessert-addicted Muppets.