Once upon a time, Swanson's Cleaners technicians would begin their days by firing up irons, stirring starches, and strapping on roller skates. The business was once one of the largest dry-cleaning facilities west of the Mississippi, the epicenter of Salvin Swanson's vast dry-cleaning empire—an empire packed with Sacramento's laundry, even the chain mail of its knights. To get the job of all this weighty laundry done, staffers needed their own wheels, plus wheels for their hampers.
Now helmed by the third generation of Swansons, the business has grown to 15 locations. In these locations, the team launders and dry-cleans garments with the eco-friendly Revive system, which uses a gentle, odorless, and antibacterial solution made from organic ingredients. Ever mindful of the earth and the community, Swanson's Cleaners recycles its hangers and plastic bags and has collected more than 27,000 coats for local children in need through its Coats for Kids program.
Run as a parent co-op, Bright Beginnings Preschool, a secular program located on the grounds of Journey Church, involves pupils' guardians in every aspect of youthful education. A cadre of energetic teachers lead classroom activities and provide continuity, and volunteer parents play backup by coming into the classroom to help on a rotating schedule. This involvement lets them bond with their kids and learn about early-childhood development while supporting teachers during games and art projects. Monthly meetings and a committee further integrate parents into the school, giving them the opportunity to discuss changes in the curriculum and plan for the school's future.
During arguably the most vibrant and crucial period of brain development, the instructors at Growing Brilliant supply a catalyzing environment for optimal physical, intellectual, and social growth. Designed for children ranging from six months to six years, the center's programs help prepare youngsters for kindergarten, stimulate the brains of babies with diverse sensory experiences, or teach tots to share, socialize, and sip their juice boxes with their pinkies up. Varied focus areas give little ones of any age a well-rounded experience, cultivating creativity, encouraging movement and fitness, and even teaching foreign languages.
For more than 20 years, KidsPark childcare centers have helped youngsters aged 2–12 boost their social and motor skills in a safe environment. The staff—certified in first-aid and CPR, background checked, and trained in early-childhood education—keeps a close watch on each kid that explores the open floor plan, where six activity areas vie for attention. In the Creation Station, projects may involve art or cooking, while the Theater promises the sound of music and stories. And school-age kids can join the Blue Crew, where they find homework help, nonviolent video games, and the chance to compare resumés with other children. KidsPark also offers preschool classes.
Founded as a 24-hour online farmers' market, FromTheFarm.com sources its produce, meats, cheeses, and other foods from a network of family farms and American agriculturalists to help ensure freshness. Within a few days of purchase, FromTheFarm.com's deliverers can pile customers' doorsteps with packages of traditional cheeses and exotic dairy spreads; baked goods such as breads, pies, and pound cakes; and seasonal fruit and vegetable boxes filled with items such as tropical citrus, pomegranates, legumes, and leafy greens. Staff also deliver prime cuts of meat including beef, duck, ham and hard-to-find specialty foods such as dried fruits, organic honeys, and olive oil milked from free-range olives. FromTheFarm.com protects each order with a quality guarantee.