The professional designers at Keen Design Group streamline the task of interior overhauling by designing everything ahead of time. Using a methodical, multitiered approach, they inspect bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms in their present iterations, taking measurements and drafting blueprints. They plug the information into advanced 3-D software and set to work mocking up a visual draft of the completed room, updating fixtures with sleek chrome faucets, rustic wooden cabinets, or glass shower enclosures. Clients and the team work eyeball-to-eyeball in selecting materials, colors, and styles.
California Closets' certified designers specialize in making space for all your worldly possessions with home, office, and garage storage organizers. After a free consultation with one of the expert order keepers, you'll have a good idea of where to stash your collection of lawnmower blades, as well what it will cost to do it elegantly. Though most of California Closets' closet systems go for more than $250, you can put this Groupon toward custom cabinetry in your garage, extra shoe space in your mudroom, and other areas, that, with California Closets' lifetime warranty, will withstand any amount of vehicular and familial wear and tear. Accessories such as drawer and shelf dividers help claustrophobic rooms breathe easier by separating purple rain boots from boots filled with Prince’s "Purple Rain."
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
Cuisinier Martin Danilowicz guides the dicing, sautéing, and zesting hands of aspiring dinner designers at Martin Cooks, an interactive classroom stocked with in-season produce and novel kitchen gizmos. Thrice-weekly classes enable students to whip up entrees such as sausage-and-herbed-ricotta pizza, semitranslucent lobster ravioli topped with tempura-fried zucchini blossom, and asparagus-and-goat-cheese sushi rolls wrapped in glistening roasted red peppers.
With a comprehensive approach to physical health and well-being, Ja Spa & Fitness provides patrons with gym equipment, exercise classes, and a slew of spa services. Muscle builders can bulk, tone, and sculpt in the main weight room with an extensive assortment of free weights, machines, bikes, and hefty textbooks. Learn dark fitness secrets while picking the minds of experienced exercise sages who impart kinesthetic wisdom during 30-minute personal training sessions (a $20 value each). The VIP membership (an $80 value, including enrollment fee) includes sauna and locker room access. Eradicate lethargy in one of Ja Spa's myriad of fitness classes, such as cardio combo, Zumba, kickboxing, spinning, or yoga, an ancient form of exercise that has outlasted sheep benching and cardio poker.
Don and Donna Maines opened Green Thumb Markets in 1971, where they began cultivating buds alongside their young son, David. Though Don and Donna have retired, visitors can still spot David, his wife, and his four boys working in their greenhouse. They tend geraniums, prune roses, and discuss customers’ gardening concerns and methods for keeping lazy poets from using their roses as similes. Giant hanging baskets dangle from the ceiling, the electrically hued, trumpet-shaped blossoms of petunias spilling forth and tangling with ivy geraniums. On the ground, colorful rows of perennials, annuals, and vegetables thrive alongside a variety of topsoils, compost, and environmentally friendly mulches.
The Maines family also runs an onsite bakery, which they stock with their own homemade ice cream, cookies, and pies.