One of the oldest independently owned mattress discounters in the mid-Atlantic, Home Mattress Center cushions customers’ restful slumbers with first-rate sleeping surfaces from Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, and Serta Perfect Sleep. Hunt and capture z’s atop a Sealy Posturepedic Slipstream king set ($1,399), count a herd of numerically ordered clone sheep from a Simmons Beautyrest Sondra Plush elite twin set ($1,499), enjoy the slumber that only dreams of Rutherford B. Hayes can provide with a Simmons Beautyrest Aliyah classic queen set ($999), or opt for a firmer bed with the Sealy Posturepedic Diamond Hill firm queen set ($1,299). Home Mattress Center's well-trained, noncommissioned sleep doctors guide customers through the process of selecting an ideal bedroom fixture by asking questions, determining sleep preferences, and administering inkblot tests if necessary.
The Zone Fitness and Wellness Center divides its fitness space into private rooms for personal training, group aerobics, and sipping on smoothies. The workout area is lined with strength and cardio machines from notable manufacturers such as Hammer Strength and Life Fitness, which whir to life as guests embark on self-guided fitness regimens. Trainers conduct over 15 group classes in the aerobics room and provide individualized attention during private training sessions. As patrons exercise, the daycare-room staff keeps a watchful eye on tykes, and team members at the juice bar hand out post-workout refreshments.
Nu-Life Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner’s professional rug-scrubbers, certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration, purify carpets using powerful truck-mounted steam cleaners. Upon their arrival at customers’ homes, technicians set to work removing stains and banishing dirt trapped in carpet fibers and the pages of tell-all memoirs. On return visits, homeowners can request that other rooms be cleaned, or space out service to maintain previously steamed carpets. Workers can also clean sofas using dry-cleaning or steam-extraction techniques, depending on the type of fabric. Freshly pressed sofas show fewer signs of aging and wear and enable better naps than couches covered in a fine dust of cheese powder.
Just walking distance from the University of Delaware’s campus, The Zen Den offers non-competitive yoga and massage services in a calm and welcoming studio focused on helping people find their best self and flourish in their community. The schedule features Pilates and a variety of yoga classes offered seven days a week. Yoga styles include kundalini, prenatal, and hatha flow yoga with an emphasis on Zen meditation, and the staff can work with clients to figure out which classes and teachers best fit their practice. Additionally, The Zen Den’s pair of licensed massage-therapists— also the co-owners—soothe bodies and minds with a slate of massages such as deep tissue, Swedish, fertility, and sports.
Village Laundromat delivers fresh-folded laundry seven days per week within a 25-mile radius of Newark. Schedule a pick-up over the phone or send soiled socks up your flagpole and Village Laundromat liaisons will whisk away washables. Blouses, bed sheets, and breeches are given a sudsy bath, complete with fabric softener and bleach if necessary. Each article is then folded neatly and delivered to your doorstep faster than the speed at which electricity flows through copper wiring. Businesses in need of unsullied uniforms and spotless tablecloths can also put this Groupon to good use.
Caffe Gelato sates appetites with Northern Italian and French- and Mediterranean-inspired fare, house-made gelato, and vino from a 1,500-bottle cellar, all of which has amassed the restaurant an impressive collection of praise and awards from the likes of Delaware Today and Wine Spectator. Meats such as filet mignon and prosciutto-wrapped veal appear alongside a rotating collection of seafood entrees, such as pan-seared scallops, truffle maple-roasted salmon, and local line-caught rockfish. House-made pappardelle and linguine pastas entangle ingredients ranging from littleneck clams to lump crab to chiffonade-cut basil. Twenty-four rotating flavors of gelato are crafted on the restaurant’s premises, delighting tongues with a chocolate-hazelnut blend or scoops of raspberry. Sommeliers strap on their headlamps and crampons to belay into the caverns of the restaurant’s opulent wine cellar, where more than 100 varietals nestle in bottles.
Half-moon booths welcome companionable groups among sunny yellow-and-red-orange walls in the dining room, and the gleam of a granite bar inspires tipplers to toast the memory of loyal pet rocks.