The technicians at Carl's Chem-Dry use nontoxic, eco-friendly products to clean dirt, expunge stains, and eliminate lingering odors. Crews coat soiled floors with "The Natural," a core cleaning solution that uses a combination of carbonation and microscopic dust brooms. The specialized product fizzes and creates bubbles, which travel deep into carpets on missions to vanquish set-in stains. Unlike steam cleaning, Carl's low-water approach avoids soggy carpets and typically leaves fibers dry within one to two hours.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed specifically for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use an individual's body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Bad Ass Margaritas livens up events with easy-to-use machines that dispense frosty, refreshing margaritas. Party hosts can choose to serve traditional margaritas or opt for flavors such as grape or cherry and other drinks such as rum runners and hurricanes, adding alcohol to make the drink as potent as they wish. The machines are also popular at children's events, where they can be used to make nonalcoholic drinks in flavors such as orange dreamsicle or pink lemonade.
Because contractors often specialize in specific services, homeowners are left to flip-flop between businesses for large-scale projects. To help alleviate this frustration, At Your Door offers four distinct refurbishment divisions: yard care, housecleaning, handyman work, and taffy pulling. If time remains after removing leafy debris from the yard, clients can solicit a technician for more complicated projects such as gutter cleanings, house painting, or hardwood floor installation.
When Claire Weinkauf approached five St. Helena wineries with her idea for a wine-tasting passport, she was greeted with unflinching cooperation. Instead of bristling at their competition, the winemakers at each site decided to join forces to entice patrons with their aromatic, sippable wares. Because the Napa Valley area is so rich with vineyards and natural attractions, Passport St. Helena condenses the wine-tasting experience into an easy jaunt along five blocks of downtown St. Helena.
The five wineries along the passport route each offer something a little different. The Clif Family Winery crafts special climber blends sourced from local mountain vineyards, while the St. Helena Wine Center cultivates rare flavors from regional and international vineyards. Long Meadow Ranch Winery combines quality flavors with an eco-friendly outlookthe winery’s solar panels supply its electric needs and biodiesel fuels power its farm equipment and robot grape pickers. Merryvale was the first winery built in the Valley following the repeal of Prohibition, enchanting guests with landscaped gardens and a historical cask room with giant barrels stacked from floor to ceiling. Tamber Bey Vineyards brews cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and chardonnay with grapes all plucked from its pair of estate vineyards. As enophiles move through the wineries, they’re equally enticed by wine samples as they are by the product and activity discounts the passport also provides.
Situated at the Vintners Inn beside 92 acres of vineyard, John Ash & Co. takes pride in its ability to marry a meal's delicate flavors with the most complementary wine varietals. The upscale eatery, a 2010 Open Table Diner's Choice winner, features homegrown fruits, vegetables, and herbs from on-site gardens, as well as a long list of locally sourced ingredients that, much like the four cardinal directions, change from season to season. The dinner menu offers delectable main courses, such as kabocha pumpkin ravioli spiked with pickled mushrooms and parmesan ($16) or pan-seared sturgeon served with roasted red beets ($34), and lunchers can snack on pizza margherita ($13) or fill their emptiest stomach with nine ounces of New York steak ($21).