Carbonation makes a cold soda refreshing, but it can also make a carpet clean. At Queen City Bluegrass Chemdry, technicians lift stains and odors from carpet with a carbonation-powered cleaning system combined with a nontoxic cleaning solution called The Natural. The quick-drying, eco-friendly process employs water efficiently, unlike typical carpet-cleaning procedures that involve spraying your living room with a garden hose. Though the company’s technicians are best known for wall-to-wall carpeting treatments, they also can wield their stain savvy to cleanse area rugs and upholstery.
Recognized by Cincinnati Family magazine with a Best of Parenting 2011 award, Youthland Academy has been practicing a learning-by-doing philosophy for 30 years. At childcare sessions throughout the year, kids engage in age-appropriate educational programs that help preschoolers turn thought into language and middle schoolers reach their full potential. The full slate of programs are offered at nearly two-dozen locations across the Midwest and South.
Looking good is an art form, and nowhere is this more apparent than at Pretty Penguin Studios. The women's clothing boutique and photography studio is home to Angelo Axel Culvert, whose r?sum? only includes hair stylist, makeup artist, photographer, and designer. Angelo began his career at a major fashion magazine in New York City, and he has since made a name for himself in the Cincinnati area by helping his clients look as stylish and sophisticated as possible. He's joined by a pair of junior makeup artists and stylists who create stunning looks for his camera to capture during wedding, engagement, and fashion photography shoots. The team now even offers boudoir shoots for women who want to explore their sexy side or make a Christmas card their friends won't just throw away.
The sheer volume of garments that Widmer's Cleaners has dry-cleaned over the past 100 years is astronomical, but there are a few special items that will never be forgotten. Widmer's processed many vintage garments on display at the Smithsonian, such as Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders outfit, and the suit that Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated. Today, the service menu has expanded—technicians will clean carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery, as well as perform a slew of other services. Widmer's is actively involved in the community, contributing to charities such as Goodwill and the American Red Cross.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Stor-All Self Storage has put all the pieces into place to ensure a safe and secure facility for personal belongings. That means computerized security systems and climate-controlled indoor and outdoor units. Their other emphasis is on convenience, and to that effect, most of their locations are open 24/7 and include a free moving truck so clients can easily transport their furniture, boxes, and other valuables without having to tie them to the roof of a car or the basket of a bike. The facilities also offer moving supplies such as boxes, tape, and shrink wrap for sale.