At AIM Mail Center, your videotape will be in the hands of professional technicians, expertly trained to turn clunky video formats into DVDs that can last for 30 to 100 years. This deal turns up to two hours of footage in VHS, VHS-C, Video 8mm, Hi8, Digital8, and MiniDV formats into a new shiny DVD that will play back in crisp high resolution. Drop off treasured film of your baby’s first step or your pet beagle’s first harmonica solo, and the friendly, careful AIM Mail Center staff will inform you when your old videotape and the DVD copy are ready for pickup. With a high-quality digital copy, DVD players everywhere can bring your formerly decaying video memories to VHS-free television sets with the click of a button.
The staff at Nelson’s Green Dry Cleaners and Los Gatos Green Cleaners channels more than 60 years of industry experience when restoring garments with their eco-friendly cleaning process. The staff of the certified-green cleaner replaces harsh perc solvents with hydrocarbon—which safely refurbishes textiles while remaining free of allergens and odors. The cleaners work hard to remove telltale spots and Rorschach blotches from clothing, and preserve items such as wedding gowns and comforters in storage-friendly containers.
At E Z Cleaners & Shoe Repair, expert dry cleaners take in clothing that ranges from grass-stained pants to blouses stained by airborne chocolate pudding and deftly rid them of their unsightly smirches. They also make things easy on busy customers by offering pickup and drop-off services.
The founders of Aaron's Moving know that a quality moving business requires more than an army of workers with biceps capable of hurling meteors back into space. The family-run business prides itself on a team of movers who are strong inside and out. The company never hires day laborers, recruiting only experienced, trained, and background-checked movers.
On moving days, workers arrive punctually in trucks sized to match the job, from one-bedroom apartments to homes with pianos. During the move, insurance options set owners' minds at ease, and a wide selection of supplies—including boxes, bubble wrap, and wardrobe boxes—muffles the hemming and hawing of mustachioed marble busts. Their professional packing services make transit easier and protect delicate items, and the staff labels each box to make unpacking less confusing later.
Each year, more than 10,000 homeowners, business owners, and lazy nomads relocate to new digs thanks to AVL Moving Systems' team of seasoned movers. The movers' experience lends them the know-how and experience needed to help with all manner of moves, be they down the street or across the country. It's not just their brawn that workers put to good use—they're also skilled packers, swathing delicate glass in the proper packaging, crating valuable antiques, or preparing pianos for new homes. AVL Moving Systems also has a modular facility for short- or long-term storage, a simpler alternative for their customers than helping them find a couch for their couch to crash on. To simplify moving day, customers can purchase supplies directly from the company and can even have them take a vehicle along for the ride.
At 2,600 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one might expect to find sprawling views of the ocean and surrounding forest and not flourishing vineyards. Yet there are more than 70 wineries dappling the hills at various altitudes, privy to the dewy, cooling breezes of the sea and the richness of the rocky soil. The San Francisco Chronicle speaks to their scattered presence, deeming them "less a cohesive wine region than a patchwork of vineyards." Still, this characteristic isolation has resulted in "a perfect laboratory for winemaking not held hostage to fashion"—no one style dominates in this rustic setting.
Pinot noirs and chardonnays populate the western front, and the east yields cabernets, merlots, and zinfandels. The majority of the vineyards are small and family owned—a fact reflected in their meticulously bottled libations and the matching sweaters of their holiday photos—but though they exist in chosen hermitage, many of them welcome visitors to their scenic sites. They host weddings, festivals, and open events such as Pathway to Pinot Paradise, a self-guided tour of the pinot noir hotspots.