Out on the high seas, pirates never come upon a 1950s-style diner where they can take a break from buccaneering, but at Playland, youngsters pretend-searching for lost treasure in Pirate's Cove can. The cove and diner are two of Playland's themed play areas; at others, kids don princess regalia or shop for pretend-food at the market. Each of the whimsical settings act as a stage for littluns to play out scenes concocted in their outsized imaginations, all the while building social skills and cognitive abilities.
While children play, parents can boost their energy with a caffeinated drink from the espresso bar or relax with a magazine in the lounge. A separate laptop workstation allows adults to get some work done. Playland even houses a used clothing store that stocks gently used children's and maternity clothing.
With only a portable cleaning system and a set of buckets, father-and-son team Paul and Tim Casson began their carpet-care business, eventually partnering with two close friends and later, their daughter and sister Tiffany Casson. Today, Tiffany Casson is the primary shareholder, and Casson & Son Carpet Care is still owned by the Casson clan, even after weathering some difficult times. All five of the current owners and operators proudly clean carpets themselves and interact with homeowners one-on-one while expunging dirt from weathered floor coverings with powerful truck-mounted steam systems, mild detergents, and residue-eliminating rinse. The company, which is certified by The Clean Trust, uses only products that are safe for use around pets and children.
Once upon a time, Swanson's Cleaners technicians would begin their days by firing up irons, stirring starches, and strapping on roller skates. The business was once one of the largest dry-cleaning facilities west of the Mississippi, the epicenter of Salvin Swanson's vast dry-cleaning empire—an empire packed with Sacramento's laundry, even the chain mail of its knights. To get the job of all this weighty laundry done, staffers needed their own wheels, plus wheels for their hampers.
Now helmed by the third generation of Swansons, the business has grown to 15 locations. In these locations, the team launders and dry-cleans garments with the eco-friendly Revive system, which uses a gentle, odorless, and antibacterial solution made from organic ingredients. Ever mindful of the earth and the community, Swanson's Cleaners recycles its hangers and plastic bags and has collected more than 27,000 coats for local children in need through its Coats for Kids program.
The signature workouts at Pilates for Bodies stretch "beyond the core" with dynamic group routines that blend strength training with aerobic conditioning. The instructors helm a lively regimen for full-body toning, segueing through fast-paced maneuvers such as snap crunches and pelvis pushups to engage the entire muscular system. Students practice atop sprung, joint-friendly floors as sunlight illuminates the brightly painted yellow and blue walls and destroys any vampires masquerading as regular people. With three levels of class difficulty, ranging from just a little difficult to challenging, they can test their physical limits from the safety of their respective comfort zones.