Under the guidance of Brian Schneider—a 25-year veteran of the dry-cleaning industry and third-generation manager of the family-owned cleaning spot—Aladdin Village Cleaners cleanses dirt from clothes, linen, and drapery without harming delicate fibers and colors. Free delivery and pickup whisks fabrics to and from the facility, filled with wet- and dry-cleaning equipment.
No matter what kind of party his clients are throwing, DJ Dance Boogie has the accessories to make it an awesome event. Bounce houses, balloons, and carnival games such as strength contests and inflatable slides add an element of fun to parties for all occasions. DJ Dance Boogie also has Xbox and Wii consoles for rent, face-painting services, jugglers, and costumed characters that include Santa, Mario and Luigi, and Barney. Full DJ equipment, lighting rigs, and karaoke add a soundtrack to events of all occasions, and DJ Dance Boogie also has basic party supplies such as tables, chairs, and tents. Those with a flair for the exotic can avail themselves of DJ Dance Boogie’s petting zoo, which includes animals such as a 10-foot red-tail boa snake, giant cockroaches, a hedgehog, chinchillas, and a ferret.
The theater at The Screening Room Cinema Cafe bears more of a resemblance to an intimate club than a multiplex, seating its guests at small tables so they can sip on beer and wine during films. The floor-level screen flashes with arthouse cinema, including new indie flicks and cult favorites, as well as classics from cinematic giants such as Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. In addition to its usual screenings, the café also hosts poetry nights, film festivals, and high-definition broadcasts of sports games recorded by a mascot with a giant camera for a head.
In business for more than 50 years, Corvette Cleaners and Belvidere Cleaners transform sullied garb into spotless attire without losing a square of fabric in the rotating rack. The shop's servicemen remove coffee stains from silk blouses ($6) and grass stains from sport coats ($5.75) worn during gentlemanly football games. The staff can also remove a spill from a pair of pants ($5.25) or the dignity of a cat by freshening up its soiled shirt ($2). Other serviceable items include dresses ($11), suits ($11), blazers ($5.75), and jackets ($9).
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.