Great American Storage keeps keepsakes safe within roomy, temperature-controlled units watched over by security guards and video surveillance. Using complimentary handcarts or the center's free truck rental, customers tote trappings to the unit of their choice and barricade them behind a secure cylinder lock. Because each unit is climate controlled, belongings remain in pristine condition, safe from the warping caused by humidity, the melting caused by heat, or the gremlin liquefaction caused by excess water damage. 5'x10' spaces offer the space of a typical walk-in closet, snugly supporting the furniture and effects of a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Storers with more sizable stuff, such as bedroom sets, can opt for the 10'x15' unit, which measures at the size of a large bedroom or an incredibly large small bedroom. Security cameras keep tabs on any suspicious visitors or lovelorn impulse-buy racks, and an on-site post office lends easy passage of incoming additions or space-saving shipments. Great American Storage does not allow some items in storage units.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.
Wielding GreenEarth technology, the friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning scrub the enrobements of Texans in an eco-friendly manner. The noble employees confidently confront stains with strong words and dirt-scattering ammo, returning garments to clients soft, clean, and smelling like pastoral Latvian pancake houses. Sweat-soaked blouses ($5.69), mud-caked slacks ($5.69), butter-drenched two-piece suits ($10.99), and beloved sea-water-doused sweaters ($5.99) can be cleaned and folded into neat origami ostriches. For tips on clothing care from Martinizing Dry Cleaning, click here.
The culinary experts at Catering with a Twist refer to their prepared feasts not as 'buffets' but as 'food displays,' a fitting title for the rows of colorful baked goods and hot entrees they carefully arrange for events big and small. Executive Chef Lexy and her crew update traditional wedding eats with inventive stations featuring such edible combinations as chicken and waffles and sliders and mac and cheese. An on-staff pastry chef complements savory options with cheesecakes, crème brûlée, and tarts available in individually sized portions.
Led by a husband and wife duo with more than 15 years experience, CherryBones' expert photo takers assist party planners in freezing fleeting moments with a combination of modern philosophy and vintage charm. A pro photographer arrives at designated locations to set up a mobile studio that captures the frozen images of guests for three hours as they laugh, smile, or gaze longingly at distant ice-cream trucks. The seasoned imagist crops photos and zooms the camera, helping render snug close-ups or wide shots. Included props invite photo subjects to pose behind items such as masks or mustaches. Afterward, guests can log onto an online gallery to scan through snapshots or magnify them and scour images for clues to the location of lost car keys. DVDs with photos are available for an additional $15.