The skillful garment groomers at A-1 Cleaners strive to restore the delicate denizens of customers' closets to a pristine, good-as-new state using gentle solvents, top-of-the-line equipment, and high standards of quality. Dingy blouses, pants, dress shirts, and scarves ($3.99 each on sale, $7.99 regularly) undergo a thorough, tearful conversion when placed in the redemptive care of A-1's stain-eradicating clothes cleaners and their cutting-edge habiliment-rehabilitating technology. The equipment's non-abrasive solvents work to remove soil and sauce with less harm to fabric fibres than traditional methods, without the risk of fading colours or shrinking vestments to doll-house-wardrobe size. Once cleaned, clothes return to their owners freshly pressed, packaged, and bearing newly trimmed claws.
Julia Chapin Bozzo has been on an equestrian crusade for 20 years. She founded NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center in 1993, and has overseen its Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs since day one, fostering a welcoming, nurturing environment for riders with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, and brain injuries. Adhering to the strict guidelines set forth by PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), her facility leverages the healing power of horses to enrich the well-being of riders of all ages. Whether they're toddlers or seniors, each participant reaps the physical, mental, emotional, and social rewards of riding with the center’s gentle horses—gaining strength and coordination, interacting with the natural world, and, most importantly, building self-esteem. Thanks to Julia’s efforts and the assistance of certified riding instructors and a 30-strong team of weekly volunteers, the center conducts more than 950 lessons annually, each individually tailored to the rider’s therapeutic goals.
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The team of licensed professionals at The Moss Busters "busts" outdoor messes with moss-removal, gutter-cleaning, and pressure-washing services. Not only do their services make homes look better, but they also help prevent costly damage by removing excess moisture that can eat away at the roof, siding, and foundation. The team can also apply an algaecide to rooftops that will prevent moss, mold, and algae from growing, damaging the roof and spelling out the family's computer password for the neighbors to see.
A stylish assortment of household accessories, décor, and domestic trappings lines the shelves of Digs, adding modern flourishes to every room with pieces from celebrated brands such as Jonathan Adler, Blu Dot, and Modernica. Shoppers can adorn homes with a variety of Digs’ offerings, from bedding and furniture to lighting and office accoutrements. Shoppers can spruce up a bland couch with the smoky touch of an accent pillow in dark roast ($39), or display flowers or waterproof report cards in an Eddy vase ($48). The curving antlers of the Jack D. Jackalope wall hook ($49.99) display keys and other hangables, and glass-vase napkin rings by Two’s Company ($36) double as both homes for small buds and hoopla hoops for hamster dinner guests.
Drawing on years of experience organizing classrooms, Ranka Burzan has engineered step-by-step tools to help kick the clutter. Her techniques work so well that Ranka has become an in-demand public speaker, giving workshops, writing articles, and offering private organization consultations for homes and offices. Clients can also skim Ranka’s website for a list of items to trash, such as chipped china, an unused mattress, or the mooching roommate who sleeps on it.
Cedar Rim Nursery sprouts more than 5,000 varieties of verdant species with which to decorate gardens of all shapes and sizes. Culinary herbs enliven window boxes with aromatic makeovers more effective than rosemary-infused sulfur deposits (from $0.99). Dirt devotees can flip backyard meadows into Edenesque landscapes with a selection of more than 120 dwarf fruit trees (from $29.98) or make edifices exotic with tropical houseplants (from $1.98). Annuals, perennials, shrubs, and specimen trees can beautifully bedeck properties, and an extensive selection of water fountains, garden statues, and attractive pots add an element of terrestrial distinction. Check in with an experienced spade wielder regarding upcoming garden theme weekends or for tips on garden design, plantcare, or drafting peace treaties among feuding weevil tribes.