GreenStreets Cleaners uses more eco-friendly dry-cleaning solvents than traditional formulas. Although, because even these greener solvents release hydrocarbon by-products, GreenStreets goes the extra mile by using machines that capture and store all of the hydrocarbons until a licensed recycling company can neutralize them. The business’s commitment to environmental responsibility doesn’t stop there. Wash-and-fold laundry services get clothes clean with a plant-derived laundry detergent made exclusively from sprouts that live long and happy lives before they are harvested. Clients who return their plastic dry-cleaning bags and wire hangers get a 10-cent credit for the eco-friendly practice, and all of the company’s delivery services are furnished by fuel-efficient vehicles.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the wall by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
Realizing the challenges of balancing family, career, and health, Brien Shamp decided to help mothers reduce stress and boost self-confidence via exercise. Pulling from his years of industry experience and fitness certifications, Brien spearheaded the boot-camp fitness program that has been lauded on Best of the Bay. He works with trainers at multiple gyms to lead women and other fitness-seekers through creative, constantly varied workouts. In addition to classes, Brien provides his clients with comprehensive nutritional advice while warning them of common diet mistakes, such as eating snacks with too much sugar or the realistic-looking plastic scones in their child's tea set.
Mister Chimney’s modern-day chimney sweeps aren’t just creating cleaner fireplaces with their arsenal of poles, brushes, and scrapers—they’re saving lives. Citing a 2006 report by the Department of Homeland Security, Mister Chimney reports that 73% of heating fires and 25% of residential blazes come from a buildup of creosote, a flammable tar formation formed from billowing smoke and smoldering resentment of the furnace. To augment its work on chimneys and wood stoves, to which its workers bring 25 years of experience, the company offers supplementary services that include repairs, construction, waterproofing, and vent cleaning.
Bedroom & More spiffs up sleep shacks with plump mattresses. Let a queen-size Serta Perfect Day pillow-top mattress ($1,299) caress the curves of bedridden bowling balls, or snuggle into a Simmons Beautyrest Classic twin sleep sponge ($449–$499). Spend $499 or more and Bedroom & More will deliver and set up your dream-inducing duo for free (limited to 30-mile radius).
As parents themselves, the team behind Comic Jumps understands the importance of creating memorable moments for their children. To this end, they haul party products certified and manufactured by engineers to exceed standards set by The American Society of Testing and Materials to birthday parties and special events, arriving early to set everything up and take it down once the party’s over. With a lot of huffing and puffing, they blow up giant inflatable slides and bounce houses with themes such as Hello Kitty and Toy Story. Additionally, their ensemble of characters, including red-headed mermaids and Peter Pan, keeps kids entertained, while margarita machines provide parental entertainment. The staff also helps customers plan parties from beginning to end, and supply everything from tables and chairs to balloons, cotton-candy machines, and generators.
420 pounds of butter. 900 eggplants. 210 gallons of honey. This isn’t a recipe for a record-breaking dish, but rather, a portion of the ingredients that go into making this festival delicious. A crew of chefs and bakers spend the three-day event whipping these products and more into Greek dishes and pastries, employing the same recipes and culinary techniques that their forefathers used. This celebration of cultural history and traditions is the foundation on which the Belmont Greek Festival is built.
Hellenic enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds descend upon the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross to enjoy food and festivities. A calendar of engaging events includes cooking demonstrations, performances by folk-dancing groups, and tours of the church’s Byzantine-style interior. The outdoor amphitheater hosts live plays, evoking the feel of an ancient theatre thanks to its open-air design and centaur ushers. Kids can take to the Fun Zone for games, rides, and bouncy castles, and shoppers visit the agora flea market to find Mediterranean books, artwork, jewelry, and clothing. The Church of the Holy Cross spreads cheer after the weekend is done by donating part of the festival’s proceeds to local charities, which in the past have included the Children’s Advocacy Council and Samaritan House.