The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
A Plus Tailors and Cleaners frees sullied shirts and blemished blouses from the burdens of being spotted in public—and also alters pants, suits, and gowns for personalized fits. A Plus technicians can remove spaghetti stains from dress shirts, coffee spots from ties, and saliva residue from hot-dog mascot costumes. Through the use of powerful detergents and tender hands, sweaters become filth-free ($3.75), black dresses get restored to mirror-seducing shapeliness ($7.90), and comforters are enabled to warm bodies without the lingering stench of gunpowder from attempts to celebrate the Fourth of July in bed (starting at $20).
At FunFlicks Outdoor Movies’ indoor and outdoor events, sound swells over the chatter of crowds, whose voices hush in the flickering glow of a portable big screen. During showings, the company's staff of cinematic emcees presents VHS, DVD, or Blu-ray reels on an arsenal of high-quality equipment. Audiences as large as 5,000 viewers gather on blankets or lawn chairs, eyes wide at the scenes of romance or attempts to get Darth Vader through airport security that leap from the projector. Hosts can also opt to amplify movie experiences with a theater-style popcorn machine, which kicks out fresh kernels throughout flicks. In addition to motion pictures, FunFlicks’ mammoth silver screens are available for transmitting popular sporting events, including NFL games and documentaries about the dangers of petting a mascot’s cubs.
With a dedication to each individual and family, the seasoned instructors at The Dance Factory teach students of any age a variety of dance styles, ranging from ballet and acrobatics to jazz and hip-hop. Preschool- and kindergarten-age classes are also available for budding dancers. Kids can express themselves through free-form choreography in various dance styles, or take a more structured approach through the French traditions taught in ballet sessions. Hip-hop and modern/contemporary classes equip older children and adults with the steps to commandeer any dance floor or spontaneous public musical number, and students looking for more heart-pumping excitement can also bust moves in dance-inspired Zumba fitness classes. Classes meet once a week Monday–Saturday.
At Little Folks School, learning happens all the time, falling into one of two categories: structured or organic. Preschoolers (between ages 3 and 4) and pre-kindergarteners (between ages 4 and 5) spend their mornings immersed in storytelling, playtime, and learning basic reading and writing, which naturally fosters social learning. They'll form new friendships and work to solve conflicts with peers in a way that will augment their new academic skills once they start kindergarten.