Zaggora's founder Dessi was scrambling. She needed to lose a little weight before her wedding, but none of the weight loss products she used seem to move the needle. Eventually, she took matters into her own hands, inventing her own effective method for slimming down. Zaggora's multi-layer capris, tops, shorts, and blazers put the heat naturally emitted by the body during exercise to work burning more calories. A 2012–2013 study conducted by ETScience at University of Southern California showed users wearing Zaggora used less energy to achieve high cardio levels and burned anywhere from 6–18% more calories and than those wearing standard exercise clothing.
Made from a comfortable bioceramic material, the shorts' ThermoFit technology smoothes thighs and other dimple-prone areas by warming body tissues and increasing their metabolic rate. This process boosts energy expenditure before and after exercise, and aids in eliminating cellulite-causing toxins.
Locally owned for almost 90 years, Art Cleaners uses eco-friendly methods to press and launder shirts, pants, dresses, bedding, drapes, rugs, and more. The shop's GreenEarth Cleaning System gently de-dirts even the most delicate fabrics with liquid silicone—a natural, odorless by-product of sand that keeps finery looking new longer than most conventional cleaning methods, such as pickling dresses in brine. With the help of Art Cleaners' services, Oxford shirts can retain crisp collars (starting at $2.60 per shirt) and seasonal pieces like Santa suits and Santa astronaut suits can ditch the mothball fetor for $9 to $10 a piece. If you're far too busy to either drop off or put on clothes, Art Cleaners can arrange for free pick-up and delivery.
At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
With spring spreading like a bag of spilled gravy, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home and lawncare projects underway. Reclaim the yard from winter's occupation with Adams Adirondack stacking chairs ($14.99 each) and an Ace Flexogen 50-foot garden hose ($19.99). Illuminate outdoor living spaces with a 6-pack of Solar Walk Lights ($12.99) or the welcoming blaze inside a Living Accents portable firepit ($29.99). Ace also covers indoor bases with products and services for tree-free areas of the home. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge.
Equity Painting and Design Inc.'s team can breathe new life into an old home with a fresh coat of paint and an array of home-improvement services. During design consultations with homeowners, the crew helps devise a plan to increase the value of the house, which may include painting a few rooms, building a deck, or insulating walls with $20 bills. Their home-improvement repertoire also includes drywall installation, staining, kitchen remodeling, and old wood restoration. They are able to accomplish such aesthetic feats with help from a supply of environmentally friendly products, including GreenSure paints that are free of volatile organic compounds.
At HW Home, owners Jim Hering and Ron Werner curate a luxurious collection of living-room, bedroom, and dining-room fixtures that have earned a slew of industry awards, including a Retailer of the Year title from the National Home Furnishings Association in 2013. Friendly, knowledgeable staff members guide shoppers through the selection of contemporary and classic chairs, sofas, beds, and tables from collections such as HW Interiors, Ralph Lauren, and DwellStudio. Their insight can help create ornate interiors filled with mahogany tables and leather upholstery or modern settings decorated with metal, glass, and nanobots. After purchasing their artisan buffet cabinet or bedroom set, customers can enlist the help of handy movers, who deliver, unwrap, and assemble all pieces.