The color purple can symbolize royalty or nobility, and Purple Carpet Entertainment kept that in mind when choosing its striking signature textiles. It provides event rentals and services that can heighten a festive event to the level of Hollywood royalty, with custom red-carpet-style backdrops, striking theatrical lighting, DJs, emcees, and vacuum cleaners cleverly disguised as Sharon Stone’s cousin Jeremy.
Backed by the sudsy firepower of more than 100 washers and dryers, The Laundry Experience helps backlogs of unlaundered attire rediscover their sparkling beginnings quickly and thoroughly. Customers can cleanse up to 40 pounds of dirty duds, as cleaners treat outfits to full-service washing and drying ($0.99/lb.) before folding shirts into the shape of paper cranes. In addition to reviving moribund outfits, customers can also employ one of The Laundry Experience's heavy-duty machines to bust the grime from mammoth quilts and comforters.
Lecia Bianca established The Secret Lounge to help clients style themselves and be comfortable with their look and stock home closets with stylish jewelry. An interior designer, Lecia Bianca has a natural visual vocabulary, and teaching style classes and curating a collection of boutique wares helps her share this passion with others, including fashionable celeb clients such as Lauren Hill and Diana Ross. Nominated for Best of Essex awards in four categories, The Secret Lounge is the destination for the fashion forward no matter what their style. Clients call ahead to set up their personal shopping appointment or class, and when they arrive they are greeted with a gilded, chandelier-lit lounge. The Secret Lounge's dramatic, luxury-oriented decor also makes it a favorite destination for private events.
Students in beginner to advanced classes at the Cultural Center for Language Studies learn to converse casually in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. Guided by an experienced and fluent teaching staff, they'll practice their chosen tongue in real-life contexts, deciphering commercials, documentaries, and the price lists of black-market piñata distributors. Opt for an intensive weekend course that teaches the rudiments of grammar in two three-hour sessions, or spread your six hours over four 1.5-hour weekday classes. Grouponers who continue courses beyond their six hours will need to buy their textbooks and stand on their head while they count to 10 in Klingon.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location. Click to view the Columbia location's schedule.
The family that owns and runs Broughton Dry Cleaners draws from more than 30 years of building up experience in dry cleaning when removing soil and stains from formal- and casualwear at Broughton Dry Cleaners’ onsite cleaning plant. Within the facility, the cleaners eschew water as they restore shirts, pants, and dresses to a like-new luster, which is similar to a new-car smell but has nothing to do with strangers taking customers’ clothes for a test wear.