Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, small-groups programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with small toys and gift cards.
Head photographer Kevin Richtik began his career at Caroline Photography in 1986. He rose through the ranks, adapting his skills to the ever-changing technology without abandoning his core mission to create beautiful, storytelling images. He lends his eye to brides and grooms, families, and graduating seniors, immortalizing candid moments and authentic smiles. His photography, and that of his staff, earned the business recognition from Record as the one of San Joaquin’s best family photography studios of 2012.
Code 3 Cleaners' seasoned staff spruces up garbs and household textiles through professional laundry, dry-cleaning, and alteration services. Dry cleaners eschew water in favor of a chemical solvent to wrest stains from fine fabrics; the laundering and hand-washing specialists use top-quality detergents and softeners. After washing, they carefully sort and fold spotless duds into neat piles or crisp airplanes. A pickup and delivery option accommodates clients who are busy or who have no clean pants left to wear.
The combination of superb organizational skills and raw talent in the dry cleaning arts makes One Hour Martinizing stand out among competitors in the industry. The franchise staff has earned a reputation among clients over the past 20 years for providing efficient service to people eager to get the crispest, cleanest clothing and get on with their day. One Hour Martinizing scours out the stains in-house, using the recommended environmentally safe process to achieve optimal cleanliness, and has most items ready for pick up within one day. In addition to clothing, the store offers cleaning services for homewares like curtains and bedding, with the most expensive item on their price list a king-size comforter cleaning at $25. They can also tackle the tricky materials of leather and suede, also offering clothing alterations.
Set against a roadhouse motif, Royce Farms BBQ is home to a charbroiled culinary team that serves up an extensive menu of succulent barbecue dishes. Stretch tight stomachstrings with an appetizer, such as the slow-smoked, barbecue riblettes ($7.95). Then, sink your ivory biters into a delectable entree, such as the hot barbecue tri-tip cut, served on a grilled Genova roll ($9.99), or a one-pound, beef-sirloin Bodacious burger ($9.49). Any entree can be paired with a cold beer or calming glass of the eatery’s various house wines—many of which are gathered from local vineyards and grape fights.