In 1964, Bob and Coni Keyes decided to transform their 80-acre hog farm in Waterford, Wisconsin into something brand new: a pick-your-own vegetables and raspberry farm. Inspired by their own 13 children, they decided to gear the experience toward families and kids. It wasn't long before the operation expanded to include interactions with their animals, and the farm became a destination where children could come to experience agriculture and farm life. Eventually the Keyes' children grew up and left the nest, but that they didn't necessarily leave the family business. Instead, many decided to start their own petting farms in their new towns—which is how Green Meadows started in Ijamsville.
Today, farmers there take visiting kids on fun, exploratory hay rides tied to a game of I Spy in which riders look for specific things hidden in the surrounding fields. Afterward, they head to the baby animal barn to cuddle with the farm's youngest fuzzy residents. Other attractions include plastic duck races and a new slide made from a combine. The team also encourages visitors to try milking a cow and feeding the animals.
BounceU lets tots take many small steps for kidkind in an inflatable playground, in which they can bounce in a safe, secure environment. Youngsters can carom around the squishily stocked stadium on oxygen-filled energy expenders such as slides, basketball courts, boxing rings, and hamster wheels. The five-bounce pass is valid toward any combination of open-bounce sessions, including Preschool Playdate, Family Bounce Night, and All-Ages Open Bounce.
What began as a one-person startup in Prince Georges county has grown into a 24/7 operation of three impeccably trained pressure-washers and structural cleaners, traveling throughout the Maryland, Northern Virginia, and DC areas to render homes and businesses spotless. ETB Solutions' technicians tackle an enormous range of cleanup and maintenance services, from cleaning carpets and upholstery, to power-washing homes and flushing out air ducts with eco- and pet-friendly products. And the techs can customize regular service programs to fit each home and budget, with scheduled cleanings each day, week, month, or in-law visit. The cleaners also connect with insurers to clean up after disasters such as floods and septic back-ups, and work hand-in-hand with builders during construction projects to ensure buildings are free from mold.
In 2001, Dr. Robert Samit had a vision, which was a pretty appropriate phenomenon, considering that he's an optometrist. He saw in the future a network of eye doctors, united under the banner of a single company that provides quality vision care—plus a huge selection of value-priced and designer eyewear frames—to patients throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Together with company president Sue Healey Downes, they now boast a whopping 51 locations throughout the region, each with a licensed Doctor of Optometry on hand. They equip this army of eye examiners with the latest technology. When a doctor determines that a corrective lens is called for, he or she prescribes them before MyEyeDr.'s team of eyecare consultants helps patients choose from a huge array of frames from such brands as Chanel, Oakley, and Ray Ban RX.
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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.
An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.