Home Escapes cossets comfortable backyards with patio furniture and umbrellas from brands such as Summer Classics, Winston, and Treasure Garden. Customers can browse showroom stock to decide which inanimate guests to invite to their backyard festivities. At parties, the four Aire chairs in a Summer Classics patio set ($2,092) will conga-line around their 40-inch slatted circular table as a 9-foot umbrella swivels its auto-tilt hips nearby ($330). Meanwhile, the two chairs of an Ashcroft bar set ($1,496) linger near their matching 36-inch table, scarfing down poolside snacks and commenting cattily on the chaise lounge's fading finish.
Prime Eco Cleaners brings dry cleaning into the 21st century by embracing only clean, nontoxic chemicals and techniques. Energy-efficient machines wipe stains from shirts, slacks, dresses, and jackets, which are then pressed and assembled automatically by barcode for easy identification. Technicians offer pickup and delivery of all newly minted duds, as well as garment alteration, shoe repair, and gentle treatments for leather and suede.
After meeting the physical demands of army training and working for two decades in the fitness industry, president of Custom Fitness Concepts Tom Kalka channeled his health and fitness savvy into CFC's training programs. His expert team of personal trainers visits homes and corporate offices to lead patrons in custom workout routines. Furthering fat-burning efforts, educational seminars on conditioning, nutrition, and orchestrating funerals for annihilated calories prime attendees for a salubrious lifestyle shift. CFC instructors also chisel away unwanted fat with a boot-camp series, whose ever-shifting medley of calisthenics and strength training was deemed the country's second-best boot camp in 2008 by Exercise TV.