Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.
Elite Carpet Care's bright white truck can be spotted on streets across the Bay Area, en route to households with carpets that have been stained by the foot traffic of family members and grape stompers. When the van arrives at its destination, a team of licensed and insured specialists leap out, armed with five years of carpet-cleaning experience and powerful, nontoxic cleaning products. Using their advanced truck-mounted steam cleaner, they cleanse rugs and upholstery of dirt and stains.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Maribel Salazar has always been told she's a natural organizer, designer, and humanitarian—and she couldn't agree more. She's also highly creative, equipped for a wide array of organization projects, ranging from interior decorating and event planning to large-scale estate organization. When not helping clients, Maribel volunteers with local charities.