Founded in 1946 by Vincent Burke and now managed by Vincent's five sons, Burke Cleaners scrubs and presses once-smirched duds in locations nationwide. Services include professional cleaning and wrinkle wiping for all manner of everyday getups, special-occasion suits and dresses, and weekends-only spandex wear. Prices for dry-cleaned shirts begin at around $6; pants, sweaters, and blazers start at approximately $7.50. Two-piece suits cost $14.50 and up, and blouses are priced at $6.50 and more. Each store's new dry-cleaning machines are odorless, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly, and same-day service is available for most items, excluding wedding gowns woven entirely of corn husks.
Nu-Way and Foothills Cleaners treat soiled closet denizens to a hearty buffet of eco-friendly dry-cleaning, laundry, and alteration services. Experienced garment groomers banish stains from dry-cleaned shirts ($7.29 each) and laundered shirts ($2.99 each), blazers ($7.99 each), dresses ($14.59 each), and slacks ($7.29 each) with EcoSolv, a nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning solution that rehabilitates habiliments without harming fabrics, leaving behind odors, or resorting to name-calling. The cleaners can also make wardrobe alterations or launder bedspreads ($31.99 for queen size) and comforters ($39.99 for queen size). Friendly staff members faithfully record customers‘ starch preferences to ensure custom crispness and always handle clothing with tenderness and care, often courting bashful blouses by winning them stuffed animals at the state fair.
When Nicole Joelle's parents placed a slim, pink 110 camera into her 6-year-old hands, it was love at first sight. As she watched her first photos materialize underneath the chemicals of her 7th-grade darkroom, she knew her life would revolve around her passion. And it has. Since graduating from the Art Institute of Colorado, Nicole (or Nikki to her friends) has captured intimate images of families and young couples at Contemporary Photography while striking a subtle balance between her subjects and their environment. Family portraits pop out against a simple black background or studio setting, while engagement photos travel to sentimental locales to pick up the textured exterior of a red-brick wall or the peeling paint on an old storefront. At Contemporary Photography, Nicole presents a distinctly modern and mature take on boudoir sessions, framing skin and lace in soft folds of studio lighting. Her photo studio also hosts workshops with trained instructors, helping gets students past questions like "When should I use flash?" and "How do I Photoshop the lens cap out of my self-portrait?"
From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
The dozens of plush mattresses that fill InnoMax’s vast show room call to customers like song-less sirens, enticing patrons onto their comfortable coils and springs with the promise of restful slumber. These dream-inducers support the lumbar with a range of fillings, including beds plumped by air, liquid, memory cells, and natural latex, which conforms to bodies and proves more hygienic and durable than a bed made of collapsed pizza boxes. Knowledgeable sales associates take stock of customers’ sleep styles to offer mattress suggestions or guide customers through InnoMax’s host of accessories including bed frames, sheets and comforters, and hardwood furniture.
As garage doors slowly open, the spartan practice room is revealed; an indoor golf studio with a green carpet floor specked with square golf hitting mats that transforms into a covered driving range. Located inside a stately, sandstone-brick clubhouse, the practice area serves as the practice grounds of Colorado State University golf teams and ground zero for the Golf Academy at Harmony Club, where golfers consult PGA-certified instructors about their golf swing rather than waiting in vain for Jack Nicklaus’s spirit animal to appear in their dreams. Outside, players take advantage of a practice facility featuring tee box training as well as a short game area.