Dr. G. Hudson Drakes founded his med spa to offer laser aesthetics, peels, and injectables in an environment focused on client comfort and tranquility. He and Dr. James Benjamin, known as one of the first founders of the National Medical Association's plastic-surgery division, help patients to reach cosmetic goals, whether they involve slimming down, removing spider veins, or becoming a dolphin, amid serene blue walls, potted palms, and plush white couches and chairs illuminated by the glow of crystal chandeliers.
Swooping up bags of dirty laundry and returning them fresh and clean with free pickup and delivery, OneClick Cleaners makes the tasks of dry cleaning and washing less of a chore. It can clean all manner of garments, including suede and leather items, and tailor everything from suits and dresses to pants and tuxedo onesies with alteration services.
At Chrissy's Cocktail Cupcakes, the humble treat contains the usual ingredients—eggs, flour, etc.—plus a little bit extra. The bakers bring alcohol into the mix, with spirits such as Cîroc, Malibu Red, Patron, and Grey Goose finding their ways into the various flavors, and ensure the cupcakes will never be allowed to drive. After the alcohol-infused cupcakes are baked and packed, they're delivered or shipped to clients' homes.
The stylists at Xclusive Hair Design by Angelica showcase a wide range of skills that help clients express their personal styles and personalities. Beyond chic cuts, the staff masters advanced coloring and hair-management techniques to perform intricate services such as cornrows, permanent waves, and complete sets of sewn-in hair extensions. In recognition of the nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Xclusive Hair Design by Angelica offers a discount to members of the armed forces and decommissioned fighter jets.
Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway.
At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.
The car-care crew at VIP Auto Appearance, winner of the 2007 Steve Harvey Hoodie Award for Best Car Wash, roll out sparkling rides from their Clinton shop. The father-son founders and their team of techs wash and detail vehicles inside and out and fit windows with tinted films to block harmful sunbeams and keep upholstery from fading or seeking jobs as patio furniture. VIP also pipes iPod tunes into rides through static-free stereo cables, installs ignition interlock systems, and coordinates interiors with custom seat covers.