Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.
After a successful career in manufacturing, Will Speace was looking for a change of pace. A long-time car buff, he decided to create Columbia Junction Car Wash to test his business acumen and sharpen his service skills. The flourishing business, carried on today by his wife and two sons, treats car owners to a variety of gentle and high-tech services. Soft-cloth or laser-wash technology wipes away road grime, while a la carte detailing services tackle upholstery, bug removal, bug burial, and rims.
The staff at Star Brite Dry Cleaners restores sullied wardrobes to wearable condition with dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and tailoring services. Although they specialize in couture clothing, they treat all garments with the same care they show Prada dresses, Burberry suits, and the Monopoly man's top hat collection. They can even repair garments damaged by fire, water, or mold. Besides dry cleaning, they also use gentle and eco-friendly wet cleaning methods to cleanse delicate fabrics such as silk, wool, suede, and leather.
Dry Clean Plus launders sweaters, pants, shirts, and suits, as well as household items, including rugs, drapes, and comforters. Sullied formalwear and sensitive fabrics prove no match for staffers—they're well equipped to clean scuffed leather and dirty suede or make wedding dresses look as good as new. Expert tailoring and alterations are also available, and the shop even offers shoe repair, even though there are no elves currently on staff.
The professional cleaning crew at Ramos Quality Cleaning Services, LLC, roams Montgomery and Frederick Counties, tidying the innards of houses, apartments, and offices. The detail-oriented crew cleans from baseboard to bats asleep on the ceiling fan, dusting, organizing, and sanitizing surfaces all the while. All work is inspected after the cleaning to ensure a meticulous job.