When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
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.
Over the last 60 years, Tide detergent has become synonymous with freeing even the most delicate fabrics of stains and dirt. Now, Procter & Gamble's iconic household brand has taken its world-renowned stain-busting power on the road. Just as the company re-invented detergent, and successfully lobbied congress to name the ebb and flow of the oceans after it, Tide Dry Cleaners breathes new life into the industry, brainstorming up innovations that have earned the new company a 2012 Edison Award and Hub Magazine's first-ever Ultimate Hub prize.
Tide's practitioners of cleanliness, along with the folks at GreenEarth, hunkered down to design an environmentally friendly dry-cleaning process that harnesses oil-absorbing liquid silicone. The procedure, beyond simply cleaning dirty clothes, refurbishes them, brightening whites and darkening black fabrics. Tide Restore for Colors even smoothes pilling, fuzzy cottons to help faded colors stand out. Each garment—which can be cleaned with an unscented detergent or infused with Tide's light, fresh aroma—gets inspected seven times and spot-cleaned to ensure wardrobes come back spotless, vibrant, and damage-free.
Throwing convenience and speed into the bargain, the shops offer same–day cleaning, 24–hour service pick-up and drop-off service, and double-lane drive–through valet service.
Every pint of ice cream and box of candy at Aglamesis Bro's is hand-packed with family tradition. The sweet legacy stretches back to Greek immigrants Thomas and Nicholas Aglamesis, who settled in Cincinnati at the beginning of the twentieth century. The brothers began making ice cream, and by 1908, they had saved enough money to open up their own parlor. More than a century later, visitors can still meet those original founders: their photographs hang inside Aglamesis Bro's two Cincinnati locations. And the decor doesn't look much different than when the Aglamesis family first opened up shop, with touches such as antique tin ceilings, tiffany lamps, and marble counters adding to the spaces' vintage charm.
The treats are just as classic as the surroundings, as a third generation of the Aglamesis family continues to make ice cream and candies with old-world recipes. Ice cream is made in the French style?incorporating egg yolks to produce rich flavor?and chocolate confections are crafted from scratch. Whether guests sample a dish of champagne sorbet, a classic banana split, or vanilla caramels, they can taste the sweet simplicity of a bygone era.
The sheer volume of garments that Widmer's Cleaners has dry-cleaned over the past 100 years is astronomical, but there are a few special items that will never be forgotten. Widmer's processed many vintage garments on display at the Smithsonian, such as Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders outfit, and the suit that Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated. Today, the service menu has expanded—technicians will clean carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery, as well as perform a slew of other services. Widmer's is actively involved in the community, contributing to charities such as Goodwill and the American Red Cross.
Carbonation makes a cold soda refreshing, but it can also make a carpet clean. At Queen City Bluegrass Chemdry, technicians lift stains and odors from carpet with a carbonation-powered cleaning system combined with a nontoxic cleaning solution called The Natural. The quick-drying, eco-friendly process employs water efficiently, unlike typical carpet-cleaning procedures that involve spraying your living room with a garden hose. Though the company’s technicians are best known for wall-to-wall carpeting treatments, they also can wield their stain savvy to cleanse area rugs and upholstery.