Avi Shaer, president of Alpha Moving & Storage, knows that relocating is a hassle but wants to make the process as painless as possible by dispatching strong, agile professionals to every job. These experienced, licensed, and insured movers have been trained in how to pack and move everything from a grand piano to fine china to a piano made of china. Homeless boxes and items find refuge in Alpha's secure storage facilities, where 24-hour surveillance protects possessions from theft and a top-notch sprinkler system puts out blazes and waters cherished chia pets.
The dry cleaners at Sunflower Organic Dry Cleaners use 100% organic and nontoxic agents to launder clothes and other fabrics. They rise to the challenge presented by stained suits, scuffed leather, and soiled linens with an eco-friendly cleaning method and turn out spotless wardrobes that bear no trace of harsh chemicals or misplaced elbow patches. On top of that, the cleaners also repair shoes, service upholstery, and offer pickup and drop-off services for customers within 10 miles of the shop.
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Babies are grownups in training, meaning they need help eating without slobbering, speaking without babbling, and moving around without getting hurt. Romparoo helps out with the latter, with an indoor play space for kids aged 6 months to 3 years. The entire room, from floor to about child height, is padded, so kids can practice crawling, creeping, and toddling without bruising themselves or getting a ticket for jaywalking. Mommy-and-Me classes use music to transition between activities that help develop motor skills as well as socialization, and parents of toddlers aged 18 months to 3 years drop their brood off for two-hour classes that give them the independence to transition to preschool.
The friendly staff of AAA Organic Dry Cleaners whisks bags of dirty duds away for quick cleaning before returning them to their rightful owners. Revivify two-piece suits for both ladies and gents ($10) or prepare for a pantless affair by cleaning a suit jacket or blazer alone ($6.50). Just-unpacked winter-wear benefits from a thorough sweater cleaning ($4.95+), readying them to be worn atop freshly finessed ladies' blouses ($4.95+). Dresses sing a twirly tune after stain-busting ($10), allowing the wearer to display stems in style. Dress shirts can be laundered and pressed ($1.75) or dry-cleaned ($4.50), creating office wear as crisp as a Granny Smith apple costume. Customers can also hem errant edges ($12+) to further upgrade ensembles and allow the captains of clean to scale laundry mountains with wash-and-fold services ($1/lb.; 10-lb. minimum).