With an interest in fine art and a dream of owning his own business, Rick Turner felt like he didn’t quite belong at his job with the federal government. So, in 1973, Rick left his office gig behind and took a risk by opening his own shop. Settling into a quaint historic building, Rick enlisted his sister Lorraine to work in the shop. When the two started feeding large frame mouldings through a back window, they realized they needed a bigger space.
Today, at Turner Framing locations in Sterling and Seneca Square, the certified picture framers preserve children's artwork, needlepoint pieces, photographs, diplomas, and hole-in-one golf balls with museum-quality materials similar to those used in protecting King Tut's vacation photos.
Since opening its doors in 1998, Language Stars has introduced more than 30,000 children to foreign languages with small-group classes and full-immersion activities. Through a selective process, Language Stars recruits ambitious teachers from more than 20 countries who share a common goal of revolutionizing how and when American children learn foreign languages. Parents and Tots Classes are available for children between 1–3 years old, and Kids Only classes are available for children 3–5, 5–8 and 8–10 years old. Absorbent little minds soak up Spanish, Mandarin, French, German, or Arabic with the help of their FunImmersion approach, learning naturally through games, songs, activities and art projects to help kids finally understand their foreign-exchange imaginary friends.
Since 1972, Village Square Cleaners's team of drivers and dirt-fighters has escorted clothing to the business' service bases and then back home to clients within the Tyson-Dulles corridor. At each location, every garment, textile, and pillowcase stops at four inspection stations on its way to purification?a process that ensures that dirt and debris have been evicted from every fiber. Village Square Cleaners can return refreshed garments to their owners on the day after pickup and will accept any unwanted hangers to recycle into antennas for two-way radios.
Crest Cleaners uses its exclusive CleanCare System to unsoil shirts and slacks while leaving the environment virtually unblemished. By using only biodegradable and organic cleaning agents, Crest Cleaners avoids the carcinogenic dangers of traditional tetrachloroethylene-based agents that lie in wait to sabotage suit jackets and the bodies that fill them. Enjoy eco-friendly edulcorating, with most cleaning—including pants and sports coats—running at $7.25 per item. Laundered shirts run $2.40 a piece and get to keep a souvenir hanger from their ride on the motorized clothes carousel. Dresses run around $14.50 each. For nocturnalites who do their errands in the still of the night—when the sun isn’t listening in on conversations—Crest Cleaners offers 24-hour drop off, and busy bees can take advantage of the cleaner's same-day policy, as items dropped off by 11 a.m. are ready for pick-up by 5 p.m. Get garments ready for demolition derbies and anti-costume Halloween parties with the spiffying-up services of Crest Cleaners.
Home Escapes cossets comfortable backyards with patio furniture and umbrellas from brands such as Summer Classics, Winston, and Treasure Garden. Customers can browse showroom stock to decide which inanimate guests to invite to their backyard festivities. At parties, the four Aire chairs in a Summer Classics patio set ($2,092) will conga-line around their 40-inch slatted circular table as a 9-foot umbrella swivels its auto-tilt hips nearby ($330). Meanwhile, the two chairs of an Ashcroft bar set ($1,496) linger near their matching 36-inch table, scarfing down poolside snacks and commenting cattily on the chaise lounge's fading finish.