The clothes-cleaning pros at Moose Cleaners, recently heralded by the Arkansas Times for their superior services, spruce up dirty duds using meticulous care and modern, high-tech equipment. The garment groomers charge a flat rate of $2.79 to dry clean any clothing item, ranging from shirts and skirts to pants and hazmat suits. Vestments revampers first scour the surface of fabrics to treat stains left by sauce and soil before subjecting begrimed threads to a full-scale cleaning regimen in the sprawling facility's modern dry-cleaning equipment. Same-day service ensures swift makeovers for grimy habiliments, and a thorough pressing de-wrinkles dresses and de-ruches bike shorts.
Fragrances Unlimited equips young trendsetters with a constantly updated coterie of designer scents and stylish accessories from top brands ranging from Dolce & Gabbana to Versace. Carry textbooks or hide textbook authors to whisper answers during pop quizzes with back-to-school gear such as the Room It Up confetti-dot backpack ($24.99). Designer perfumes and colognes, including Gucci Guilty for men ($54.99 for 1.7 oz.) and True Religion Hippie Chic ($54.99 for 1.7 oz.), bestow bodies with elegant scents. The rhinestone enthusiast who resides in each shopper can slip into a Rock Angel long-sleeve shirt ($29.99), crown the head with a Love Kills Slowly cadet hat ($20), or accessorize dollars with a zebra-print wallet ($19.99). Also carrying handbags, makeup, and jewelry, Fragrances Unlimited can gift-wrap presents or merchandise sentenced to life in a box.
Sam's Club works with a worldwide network of suppliers to find in-demand products and premium food items, and then purchases them in large quantities to cut down on costs. The result is an average 33% savings over traditional retail prices. To date, the club counts more than 47 million amongst its ranks, spread across more than 600 club locations.
Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club—with values on anything from holiday decor to diamond earrings. The festive savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, Energy Star–qualified TVs and computers, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of food from name brands and the club's proprietary grocery lines. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear.
Perhaps most surprising about Sam's Club is that, despite the ever-growing number of clubs, the company stays tied to its local communities. In 2012 alone, Sam's Club donated $106.4 million to various causes, such as helping small business owners secure loans. The clubs also host free health screenings and the occasional special event, such as weight-loss seminars and business boot camps. But the company also tackles some of the global issues on its members' minds. As of 2010, Sam's Club began offsetting 20% of its energy use from wind power—only a small step towards its ultimate goal of harnessing 100% renewable energy, just like an extension cord plugged back into itself.
Since 1988, owner Rita Hall and Cloverdale Florists’ team of professional florists have banded fresh buds into festive bouquets. Roses and tulips pair with hydrangea, lilies, and orchids in a variety of festive arrangements to celebrate occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or teeth cleanings. A selection of potted plants blossom within households, and fruit-and-flower gift baskets combine edible and aesthetic pleasure. The colorful petals of customized bridal bouquets, floral cake decorations, centerpieces, and wedding ceremonial flowers can distract guests from the groom’s drooping toupee.
Kitchen Co.'s eclectic two-hour cooking classes instill students with the unparalleled power of pabulum preparation. Seize control over a smattering of ocean eats with Chef Karol Zoeller's July 21 seafood class ($39.95), teaching eager epicures to prepare gulf shrimp and crab, stuffed avocado, gazpacho, and breadsticks, or join her on July 28 for the Cajun-inspired eats of skillet jambalaya ($39.95), with watermelon-tomato salad and bread pudding rounding out the culinary curriculum. Elsewhere, Chef Jason Knapp schools snackers in authentic south-of-the-border treats with Taco Heaven ($39.95) on July 22, allowing palate-driven pupils the chance to break free of expensive Gordita Supreme and Choco Taco addictions. Past and potentially future cooking classes have included homemade pizza, grilling, French cuisine, and sushi.