Cleanliness is next to convenience at The Laundry Center, which promises a 72-hour turnaround time for dry-cleaned garments and a 24-hour turnaround for its wash-and-fold service—not to mention free pickup and drop-off. Even scheduling the pickup is easy, since customers simply make a reservation online or via text and await a visit from an attendant. When clothes are ready, the attendant returns, though he stops short of holding trousers open so the owner can jump into them from atop a credenza. The center shoos off stains with high-efficiency washers and dryers and products by Tide and Downy, though organic products are available at no extra charge upon request.
Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood?s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy?s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know? * 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That?s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers ? Civic Economics? 2012 survey of local businesses * Local businesses have generated 65% of the country?s net new jobs over the past 17 years ? US Small Business Administration
Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.
You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.
Sumeshe Maids and Concierges employs bonded and insured cleaners who trek their way through homes, sweeping, dusting, and scrubbing away soil and making order out of chaos. Owned by a busy mother intent on making things easier for others, the cleaning company turns soiled kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms into wholesome areas that sparkle like the teeth of an orthodontist's prized ventriloquist dummy. But cleaning isn't the extent of the staff's expertise; through their concierge service, they'll tackle a plethora of time-consuming tasks, including running errands, making travel arrangements, painting, and organizing household clutter.
Teaming handy online scheduling with a speedy squad of laundry machines, iLoad cleans clothes and then quickly delivers them to customers' homes. Each wash-and-fold session ($1/lb., 12 lb. minimum) starts with a sorting ceremony before whites are whitened and colors are brightened during multiple trips down the washer rapids and relaxing tumbles dry. Customers can choose their favorite detergent and softener, as well as the wash and dry temperatures. Folding artists will then transform garments into origami cranes, which will fly to their owners' doorsteps at predetermined times. Those in a hurry may select complimentary same-day service during the week, while those with mysteriously shrinking pants can request a free line-dry. The iLoad staff can also launder musty rugs ($5+), muddy sneakers ($4.50/pair), and tear-stained pillows ($4+). iLoad is closed on Saturdays, so plan ahead when scheduling your weekend pick-up and delivery.