Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Its packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best, using one of the full range of UPS shipping options, including next-day air, ground, and international shipping.
Since 1995, the non-profit certified credit counselors at Debt Counseling Corporation have guided thousands of people toward brighter financial futures. Their approach is straightforward: listen to the client describe their goals and financial situation, and then develop an action plan based on that information. Beyond Action Plans, the company can devise strategies for managing debt, share tips for budget planning, and even help formulate short- and long-term goals for clients seeking guidance. Their approach has evidently been successful—they were voted the best debt-consolidation service in 2013 by Best of Long Island, and the company's education director was recently featured as an expert on NBC's The Economic Crisis: Surviving the Storm with Chuck Scarborough. As a non-profit organization, Debt Counseling Corporation also provides many of its ongoing services for free, and also offers bilingual services. Outside of pain-free budgeting, DCC offers bankruptcy services and housing counseling, as well.
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting—it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children’s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Although the number of Angel Tips locations hovers around 60, there’s one thing you can count on at each of its salons: knowledgeable staff. That’s because every nail tech, massage therapist, and aesthetician learns the art of beautification at Angel’s Tips’ training center in Stamford, Connecticut. During mani-pedis, they dole out luxurious add-ons such as paraffin wax and hot-stone massage. They deeply cleanse skin during facials to reveal brighter, more even complexions, and rejuvenate bodies with tropical body scrubs and Vichy showers.
Longtime Levittown resident Demetrios Zirogiannis has dutifully provided dry-cleaning and tailoring services for his fellow denizens for more than 40 years. He and his team use eco-friendly solvents and chemicals in their many services, which include stain removal, cleaning suede and wedding gowns, and altering garments to fit the changing body of a werewolf. Some of their work can be performed same-day, with complimentary pickup and delivery services further easing customers’ busy schedules.