The staff at Varsity Cleaners wants to take the stress out of laundry day. Customers with a load of dirties can drop them off at any of nine area locations and have their clean clothes delivered free of charge. They can also escort their clothes to the laundromat, where for a few coins, the machines will wash and dry their garb without the use of a garden hose.
Woofables’ chefs cater to canines with an array of handmade, preservative-free dog treats. Pups and their owners can waltz into the Woofables' shop to sniff through 16 flavors of specialty dog biscuits including Bark-BQ-Rib biscuits and tooth-shaped Puppermints (each $9.99 per lb.). Bakers handcraft all of the boutique's treats with natural ingredients and no preservatives or chemicals, also stocking an assemblage of specialty treats decorated to look like pizzas, shamrocks, or frogs ($0.99+). Please poodles with chews, gift baskets, and 6-inch birthday cakes, which can be personalized with messages thanking man’s best friend for defending the house against mailmen ($11.99).
The date-organizers at Letting It Go Dating shun the modern affection for online dating profiles, preferring instead to interview their members one on one rather than have them fill out a questionnaire. Once they've determined what kind of partner a member might be interested in, they arrange personalized introductions at a venue that suits both singles, and then leave them to let the sparks fly. The company also inspires flirtation through low-pressure, speed-dating style social events at locations free of the dimness and cacophony of a bar, but still with enjoyable elements of the nightlife slipped in.
Sean Illian’s work exemplifies the meaning behind Sundara, the Sanskrit word for beautiful. His haircuts for men and women begin with a consultation to ensure clients' voice what their desires are, from low-maintenance bobs to more adventurous asymmetrical layers. He cuts blunt and side-swept bangs, and his coloring techniques include balayage, ombre, and zebra stripes. Clients may also solicit Sean's luxary hydration therapy to deeply infuse moisture into strands.
With more than 20 years of ivory-tickling experience, Simple Gifts Studio's Marilyn Van Roekel cultivates piano-savvy students with innovative instruction for anyone from 7-year-olds to senior citizens. The Simply Music method, a hands-on, Australian-developed technique that focuses on actual playing time, allows students to bond and connect with the keyboard and its major and minor attributes before delving into music reading.
Donna Manchester never forgot her favorite song from her childhood. But instead of simply playing The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things" on repeat, she decided to name her company after it, with a slightly punny twist, of course. She even ties up her items?such as pesto, salsa, soups, and more ?in brown-paper packages with string. The result?happy customers who can share the sweet and savory goodies inside with their friends or keep them for themselves for dinner parties of one.