The fashions may have changed since 1944, but the service and family ownership of Dependable Cleaners has remained constant. The dry-cleaning company started as a single shirt-laundry facility and has since expanded into 16 locations. The chain is now owned by a third-generation Fawcett. A few of the 16 locations offer a new addition called Style, a hand-cleaning service that treats designer and high-end garments. Expansion isn’t the only success of the company since its inception more than 65 years ago. Dependable Cleaners has garnered a number of awards, including the title of Boston magazine's Best Gown Preservation in 2008. The cleaner also proudly does its part to create a sustainable Earth by using EarthCare Cleaning Systems to clean clothing with natural, recyclable solutions that break down naturally in the environment, unlike the emotionally imperturbable Philip Seymour Hoffman. While laundering shirts, the cleaner uses biodegradable soaps and hangs newly dry-cleaned dresses, suit jackets, pants, and sweaters on recycled hangers and garment bags.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Roy Somers of Trusted Source Technology Services strengthens delicate machines with services that fix problems or prevent them from happening in the first place. The computer's analog pals look on and learn as Roy performs such technological feats as setting up new networks, transferring data, and improving machine speed through the removal of viruses, spyware, and invasive species. Each session can help customers save money by forestalling future issues and make them feel more secure knowing that their keyboard isn't secretly replacing every word of every email with swears.
Between the demands of work and family, preparing healthy meals on a daily basis can be tough. Cooking From The Heart's chefs aim to help households overcome this challenge by preparing entrees, soups, and salads and then delivering the dishes to customers' homes, where they can be conveniently defrosted and reheated for a quick, nutritious meal. To make meal-time even more convenient, food arrives at doorsteps in microwave- and oven-safe glass Pyrex dishes, and the staff even retrieves the cleaned dishes from previous orders with every drop-off.
Drawing inspiration from Thai, Greek, Latin, Italian, and American cuisines, the chefs prepare an ever-changing selection of classic comfort foods with a healthy twist. In addition to avoiding added sugar and refined products, they also incorporate as many organic grains, herbs, and vegetables as possible. Ground turkey provides a healthful alternative to red meats in dishes such as a shepherd's pie, joining sautéed onions and brown gravy beneath a crust of cheesy mashed potatoes. Similarly, quinoa and tofu can help add a welcome dose of protein without adding fat and cholesterol, the way meat can. And because Cooking From The Heart knows that some customers have special reasons for watching what they eat, they also provide many options that can be made without dairy, meat, cholesterol, or any vegetable that flies.
Erin Brenton has believed in the possibility of transformation ever since she transformed her own life, marred by tragedy, into one of health and joy. When she was 9, she and her sister, Heather, were traveling door to door selling Camp Fire Girls of America items when the pair were struck by an underage drunk driver. The crash cost Heather her life and left Erin with severe head and leg trauma. Supported by her parents, friends, and eventually her own loving husband and kids, Erin learned to deal with the physical repercussions of that accident. To honor her sister’s memory, she decided to help others find their own health and happiness through exercise and support. To that end, she started Girls on the Go to make a place where people of all ability levels can enjoy physical activity and strive for healthier bodies.
She and her team of instructors now fill each week with a variety of original fitness classes, from women’s boxing to men’s speed and agility training. Erin also leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and the Driveway Divas fitness program, for which an instructor comes to clients’ homes for small-group training.