In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
With more than 40,000 graduates ushered through their program, Key Realty School's staff of instructors understands what's needed to become a realtor in Nevada. The school's courses—taught using materials kept up to date by the school's own publishing company—span the range of Nevada's separate realty specialties, including property management, appraisal, and broker exams. Every course is accompanied by a wealth of materials from workbooks and practice tests to national reference guides and online exams. By allowing completion in two or four weeks with sessions in both the morning and evening five days a week, the staff makes each course as flexible as a gymnast made of taffy. Students can even take longer than four weeks should they have to accommodate their own busy schedule. Conscious of the headache surrounding the task of earning a license, the school helps students avoid the rigmarole with testing in person, via fax, or online.
Dazzled Works' housecleaners make it easier for clients to relax after work. Though the crews don't turn on the stereo or bring over a cold beverage, they do tidy up houses and apartments top to bottom, freeing up more time for residents to build a Batmobile in a bottle. With cleaning products in hand, they wipe, disinfect, sweep, and scrub, tackling countertops, floors, sinks, mirrors, and windowsills. Customers can also provide products for the cleaners to ensure their sensitive curio cabinet doesn't develop an unsightly rash.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
Signature service: Memory Organization System Training
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Pro Tip: Memorize your schedule, remember names, and learn in a fun new way.
At Immaculate Maids & Nannies, the licensed and insured cleaning crew rescues domiciles from dirty floors, undone laundry, and general disarray with wall-to-wall cleaning services. Yet when they've finished, homes don't smell like a sterile laboratory. Instead of scouring spaces with harsh detergents and elbow grease fires, the staff protects families and the environment by using non-toxic cleaning products, such as baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.
In addition to cleaning up homes, Immaculate's nannies also free up time by looking after little ones. Parents can rest easy as their children eat, sleep, and solve mathematical theories under the dutiful eye of a CPR-certified childcare worker who has a demonstrated track record of infant and child first aid.