For more than 80 years, Hope Cleaners has transformed the crumpled contents of overflowing hampers into handsomely cleaned and pressed garments prepared to flap fashionably in the wind. Using nontoxic and biodegradable solvents, professionals march unruly accouterments through a thorough dry, wet, or hand cleaning process that picks off garb-sullying specks with the efficiency of a mother gorilla tending to her young with a lint roller. After weathering an ankle-splattering coffee spill or wandering into a lump of gum, marred pants can walk themselves to the cleaners and return the next day, freshly revived ($5). Hope Cleaners also restores a two-piece suit—be it double-breasted, zoot, or space ($10.75)—in an equally rapid manner, and helps customers get the gravy stains out of a favorite Thanksgiving sweater just in time for a mid-summer practice run ($5.25).
Mocha’s Pet Salon, named after the owner’s dog, operates under the philosophy that pets should be groomed in a place that’s as relaxing and stress-free as home. The salon’s team strives to build a cozy environment where pooches feel comfortable while they’re getting bathed, trimmed, cleaned, and pampered with oatmeal treatments. As a result, dogs of all shapes and sizes prance out of the salon’s two locations looking, feeling, and smelling like a million bucks.
Restaurants, breweries, artists, and nonprofits will congregate at the first-ever Rhode Island Seafood Festival to promote their wares while festival-goers scarf down succulent seafood from Rhode Island and southern New England. Clams burrow into fried dough balls ($6 for a dozen, $4.50 for a half-dozen), bathe in creamy pools of chowder ($5), and arrive freshly steamed from nearby stove saunas ($15). Festival vendors such as Matunuck Oyster Bar dish out mouthwatering bites while Aquidneck Honey dispenses beekeeper's honey collected from local hives. Newport Storm microbrews, Narragansett lagers and ales, and a plethora of soft drinks wash away traces of salty oceans and bitterness over ill-fated white-whale pursuits. Narragansett Beer proudly sponsors the 2011 festival alongside the Rhode Island chapter of the American Red Cross, Rescom Replacement Windows, and Yelp.
The Urban Dare Adventure Race is a fast-paced competition that challenges two-person teams to decipher clues, navigate the city, and perform playful stunts. Combining the bustle of a track meet with the brain-taxing sleuth work of a luge competition, the race uses a dozen trivia-based clues to lead contestants to checkpoints all over their sprawling metropolis. Location hunters reach their checkpoints by whatever means necessary, be it hopping a bus downtown, flying madly through a network of secret ziplines, or scuba-diving in a fountain for bus fare. At the mini destinations, racers must use a camera to document their presence or, in some cases, get their passports stamped after completing challenges that may include a climbing wall or solving a riddle.