Recognized by Cincinnati Family magazine with a Best of Parenting 2011 award, Youthland Academy has been practicing a learning-by-doing philosophy for 30 years. At childcare sessions throughout the year, kids engage in age-appropriate educational programs that help preschoolers turn thought into language and middle schoolers reach their full potential. The full slate of programs are offered at nearly two-dozen locations across the Midwest and South.
25th Hour Associates focuses on simplifying the lives of its customers by providing high-quality, time-saving services and mending rifts in the space-home continuum. 25th Hour’s handymen can quickly and efficiently change light bulbs, unclog drains, dispose of garbage, hang mirrors and pictures of mirrors, and install home entertainment systems. But they can also complete larger jobs in the same timely manner, such as installing garage-door openers, laying down tile, drywall repair, door installation, and booby-trap maintenance. 25th Hour's services normally cost between $50 and $85 per hour.
Run Pest Control's technicians keep buildings both safe and free of pests while staying up-to-date on industry advances. The undesirable critters they target range from insects—such as cockroaches, bed bugs, and termites—to food-stealing rodents and roommates. To rid homes of such nuisances, the technicians take a three-step approach. After thoroughly inspecting problem areas, they classify the types of pests present and design custom integrated pest management systems. Then, once the small monsters have been thwarted, they help customers take steps to prevent future infestations, clean up messes, and repair damages caused by barbarian mice.
George on Madison adorns domiciles with a slew of modish home furnishings and gift-worthy aromatic candles and soaps by Claus Porto and Lafco. Customers can decorate their coffee table with the A16: Food + Wine Book ($35) before sculpting sweet-smelling dinner guests from the wax of Lafco scented candles ($55). The artistically carved trim of a wood terrace bench ($425) accents patios, gussies up entryways, and pairs well with George on Madison's ample inventory of decorative pillows ($110–$165). Home decorators searching for slick gift ideas can snag an aromatic bar of soap from Claus Porto ($34), which is ideal for tranquil bubble baths or rousing games of bathtub shuffleboard.
After years of honing his culinary craft at restaurants, feeding droves of people with catering companies, and engineering his own line of sauces and seasoning blends, Chef Jason Perkins brings his bistro fare to various locations around the city with his food truck, Eat! Mobile Dining. The bistro on wheels enlivens quick workday lunch breaks with eclectic fare, such as fruit and cheese plates, pasta, pan-seared jumbo scallops, and grilled-paneer sandwiches, made from fresh, seasonal ingredients. Eat!'s blue and white truck zips to catered meetings with custom menus or scopes out busy streets, looking for hungry passersby and carriage horses to feed. Perkins also offers a personal-chef service, sating appetites with his usual fare or preparing meals and hosting cooking classes in clients' homes.