It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Jake's Dog House equips dogs, cats, and their loving pet-parents with delicious gourmet treats, soothing animal-spa treatments, and unique apparel. Groomers provide a variety of services—including teeth brushing, hot-oil conditioning, and nail clipping—readying pets for special occasions, such as obedience school proms. Dogs and cats alike while away hours with interactive toys, or perform for the honor of devouring delicious gourmet treats made from human-grade edibles by Jake's own bakers.
At Tilton Self Storage, secure fences and computer-operated gates guard a stockade of 250 insulated storage units of varying sizes. Wide, roll-up doors reveal spacious 10-foot-high ceilings in every unit—perfect for storing stacks of boxes or a house of cards that's gotten out of hand. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week by car, van, or truck, the units are under the constant watch of 24-hour digital surveillance.
Boardwalk Photo Booth Rentals of New York comes with a slew of recognition from such outlets as WeddingWire and The Knot, and the galleries from their booths demonstrate why. Grinning friends, families, and even brides and grooms still in their wedding attire pose in front of a silvery velvet background. Some wear wacky sunglasses and cat noses, while others pour champagne and pout. Every booth comes with a scrapbook, which can be customized for an additional charge, allowing guests to leave their pictures, signatures, and dental impressions to celebrate happy couples and gracious hosts. The booth, enclosed by stylish drapery, is tended to by a helpful attendant, who also sets up and removes the booth before and after each session.
Studio 18 owner and founder Alex Kazmarck opened a full-service dance center when he was just beginning to learn the art of dance. He wanted to create a welcoming space “for the student, by the student,” a place that allowed him and others to practice every dance style. Today, Studio 18 offers three beautiful ballrooms where students of all levels take learn ballroom, Latin, and swing. Styles range from the cha cha’s quick-stepping hip movements Cha to the waltz’s graceful glides.
The staff also hosts Zumba, belly dancing, and hip-hop classes, and will help couples coordinate their wedding dances to ensure they don’t spend their first dance constantly crashing into the cake. And you can let loose and show off your new moves during nightly dance practice parties and bachelorette parties.
Guardian Self Storage keeps valuables safely tucked inside its storage units, which range from small lockers to units large enough to store boats and the lakes they're going to travel on. Those planning a move can also make use of Guardian Self Storage's supply of packing peanuts and boxes and rent out 14-foot moving trucks.