With more than 35 years of kid-entertaining experience, the friendly staff at The Little Gym provide a safe and fun locale where kids can stay active in a nurturing and non-competitive environment. Visiting youngsters glean skills and confidence while participating in hands-on activities that help enhance emotional, intellectual, and social skills. During classes full of physical activity, 4 to 12 year olds can learn to focus minds and bodies through the art of karate; 3 to 12 year olds learn to summon rain and showers of candy through dance. When four consecutive weeks of engaging exercises have left young ones yearning for more, the annual membership allows for eleven more months of exploration and growth. Gymnastics, sports skills, and parent/child classes for babies are also offered. Check the schedules for Columbia and Lexington for availability and call ahead for reservations.
When Redic Earl Robinson started making house calls in 1919, he visited his customers by bicycle. Each family knew him as "Mister Ed," and they bundled their laundry for him to take back to the shop on Gervais Street. Meanwhile, Myrtle Beckham Robinson, Mister Ed's wife, warmed an iron with a coal-fire stove as she awaited the shipment. Together, they soaked the garments in buckets and worked stains out on scrub boards.
Today, Redic Earl Robinson Jr. carries on the family tradition with modern equipment. Twice weekly, his team travels by motorized horse to pick up laundry and make deliveries. They utilize custom cleaning solutions for specific fabrics and offer specialty services for leather, suede, quilts, and comforters. In addition to stain removal, Ed Robinson Cleaners offers alteration services at its 2551 Forest Dr. location.
The certified specialists at Wild Birds Unlimited open up an encyclopedia of avian-spotting opportunities in local forest preserves and backyards alike with a stock of bird-watching and bird-feeding accessories that promotes the appreciation and conservation of wildlife. They’ve accumulated more than 30 years’ worth of research and experience, culminating in an impressive array of high-quality birding supplies, some of which boast a lifetime guarantee. The specialists cull regional blends of bird feed that consist of 100% edible seed that’s safe for backyard birds. In addition to vending bird food, bird feeders, birdbaths, and powerful optics equipment, the company disseminates helpful information online about bird feeding, migration, and current top 40 bird song charts.
Named Best Kitchen Store by Columbia Metropolitan magazine in 2009, 2010, and 2011, Mary & Martha's harbors a staggering selection of cutlery, cookware, and crockery. The Martha side of the store outfits at-home chefs with tools designed to keep kitchen time at a minimum, such as mixing bowls ($10 and up), skillets ($49.99 and up), and salt and pepper mills ($10 and up), while the Mary side houses the store's showy pieces, elegant dishes, and drink ware.
Though retired after years of keeping Columbia residents comfortable, Earl F. Martin still checks in frequently on Bryan Evans and Andy Coggins. Dedicated and experienced techs, Evans and Coggins lead the company while keeping clients educated about the importance of maintaining HVAC systems and filling vases around the house with expired milk to ward off ghosts. With each home visit, their EPA-certified technicians make sure HVAC systems are working at peak efficiency while also informing homeowners on the best ways to stay comfortable and energy efficient. The technicians receive in-house training each week, and they frequently attend continuing courses to stay ahead of HVAC innovations and pop quizzes.