While a person might wear clothes ranging from basic tees and pants to slinky cocktail dresses, they can't lump everything together when it comes time to do laundry. That’s why the technicians at Fabricare Cleaners offer laundering services in addition to their three styles of dry cleaning: one for basic items, one for fragile items needing special care, and one using biodegradable, eco-friendly detergents. They have a reciprocal relationship with the Fashion Institute of Technology, in which they teach the school how to service garments and the school teaches them how to understand construction. This training enables them to immediately recognize stains and fabric type, allowing them to accurately protect and clean clothes by using fabric-friendly chemicals and buttons previously worn by secret-service agents.
After more than 30 years in the business, the owners recently upgraded the facilities to incorporate green technology and use less energy during their processes. In their upgraded facility, the staff can efficiently clean clothes, furs, house decor, and shoes, which can be dropped off in one of the 24-hour kiosks and are returned with the shop’s free delivery service. They also provide reusable garment bags, helping cut down on plastic waste and large cat nests found in the closet corner.
Furthering their mission to forge connections between the mind, body, and ocean, lifelong surfers Chris Cotter and Lindsay Conner lead students on watery explorations during private surfing and standup-paddleboard (SUP) lessons. Each 60-minute session can be tailored to individuals or groups of any experience level; students can also pick up extra practice by snagging board and paddle rentals by the hour, day, week, or lunar month. Back at the shop, a pair of colorful surfboards frames an entrance that opens into a show room that features surfboards, paddleboards, and skateboards with apparel and accessories that are equal parts funky and functional.
Knowledge and techniques from medical traditions ranging from east to west—including Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese, modern, and naturopathic medicine—come together at Integrated Health Center. Dr. K. Pramila Vishvanath, N.D., active in her communities both stateside and overseas, directs the center. Dr. Pram and her staff target the entire body as opposed to individual symptoms, embracing naturopathic medicine to address conditions such as chronic pain, weight loss, and allergies. Integrated Health Center combines analysis with uniquely tailored solutions for each patient, and the staff conducts healing sessions via Skype if a patient's car catches a case of agoraphobia.
Taco Loco complements its dinner and lunch menus with more than 50 premium tequilas, earning the title of Best Mexican Restaurant from readers of the Fairfield County Weekly and a 2007 feature in the New York Times. In the traditional spanish paella ($22.95 for dinner; $17.95 for lunch), bites of chicken and chorizo don miniature snorkels to mix with lobster, mussels, and scallops in a sea of spanish saffron rice. Chefs deep-fry grilled chicken and cheese inside blankets of tortillas, resulting in golden-brown chimichangas ($13.50 for dinner; $8.95 for lunch), and fill shrimp, steak, or mahi-mahi tacos ($12.95+ for dinner; $8.95+ for lunch) with fresh tomatoes and avocado. Thirsty patrons can toss back one of Taco Loco's more than 50 premium tequilas or share glasses of margaritas made with fresh fruit and garnished with blue agave's naturally salty seeds.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
Inside Salina’s nail salon, a team of technicians clip, shape, and buff digits before applying eye-catching polishes. Classic mani-pedis leave nails sheathed in a colorful polish, and pink-and-white acrylics create a natural-looking extension of the nail, which doubles as a protective layer when attacking unruly shoelace knots. The salon also handles more comprehensive tasks for clients, such as applying UV gels and gluing on silk wraps.
In more than 1,132 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.