Recently featured in the New York Times, Thrillist, and other popular publications, Peasants & Travelers proffers packs that turn an overburdened buck into a refined gentleman carrying off class, taste, and multifarious personal effects. Made with attractive, nontraditional materials, the Urbane Village saddle bag offers an alternative to a messenger bag and carries with comfort using a cross-body strap that extends up to 60 inches ($95). Lend a warm shoulder to the Metro-Envelope iPad bag, a flat, compact organizer with magnetic closure, dress-shirt lining, and plenty of room for stowing protective eye cushioning when not engaged in rough-and-tumble staring contests ($59). For short business trips, the Metro-Weekend bag has a lightweight design, interior and exterior pockets, and enough room for several days of travel or one day of travel spent collecting state birds ($139).
Sentinels of Freedom Foundation is dedicated to helping permanently disabled veterans readjust to civilian life. These former service members are connected with mentors and provided with up to four years of scholarships to assist them in finding homes, continuing their education, and searching for work. The organization caters to those rated 60% or more disabled owing to blindness, deafness, burns, paralysis, or amputated limbs. Since its inception, Sentinels of Freedom has awarded 115 scholarships to these sorts of veterans to help them remake their lives.
PosePrints is the mind child of mother-daughter team Denise and Jen, who are known to uncontrollably shudder at the sight of generic cards. Each customized card allow you to transform your likeness and up to one other likeness (only two figures can inhabit the same card) into rosy, illustrated caricatures that are darling enough to grace the cover of any greeting. You can assemble your paper doppelganger from a selection of hairstyles and colors, eye shapes and expressions, outfits, accessories, and more. Men, women, kids, and babies are all available to construct, mad-doctor-style.
The staffers at Hard Candy Cases amass protective gear for iPhones, cell phones, iPods, tablets, and MacBooks, ensuring that each item meets high standards for engineering and style. MacWorld and the New York Times have both acknowledged the company’s sleek, functional iPad cases, with the latter recommending Hard Candy Cases’ bubble-sleeve products for their chic minimalism. Form-fitting iPad 2 street skins protect vulnerable screens with a magnetic, integrated enclosure, whereas chic, enameled styluses—compatible with pads, phones, and pods—flip to reveal a secondary ink pen for signing business documents or U.N. peace treaties. The original designs, constructed by top-notch engineers, spring from analytical research, and laser model scanners ensure the quality of all the fashion-savvy accessories.
Inspired by their twin boys, the family behind Green Heat Services decided to create a company that would improve the energy efficiency and health of their home. They had been in the indoor-heating-and-cooling business for more than a quarter century, and so applied their knowledge toward rounding up a capable crew and streamlining the experience for their patrons. A licensed HVAC technician oversees each team during installations and commands the use of portable negative pressure vacuums. In addition to helping families breathe easier via cleaner indoor air, the business lowers blood pressure by scheduling their visits in three-hour increments, rather than having clients wait all day for crews to arrive.
Occupational therapists Dr. Brian R. Foltz and Ross E. Sato founded Pediatric Motor Playground to help children aged 2.5–12 develop physical and academic skills needed to succeed in school. At centers in Lafayette and Danville, the therapists and their team of educational-fitness instructors guide kids through the company's patented Motor Curriculum: 50 straight minutes of activities specifically designed to develop skills such as hand-eye coordination and social interaction. During these sessions, instructors might have kids play basketball, climb on foam-padded gym equipment, exercise with fitness balls, and practice their handwriting.
Dr. Foltz and Mr. Sato aren't comfortable just letting any instructor or animated snowman teach their curriculum. Each educational-fitness instructor completes at least 240 supervised hours of training and must pass both written and physical evaluations.