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Alexander C. Nnabue knows that caring for eyes is really about caring for people. After earning doctor of optometry degrees from both Imo State University in Nigeria and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Dr. Nnabue decided to found his own company to help restore patients' ocular health. What began in 1994 as a single storefront has blossomed into six Visual Eyes locations throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Today, the caring doctor leads biannual medical mission trips to Africa, including one trip that, according to a 2006 Nigeria World article, put thousands of eyeglasses and medications in the hands of those in need. Dr. Nnabue also shares his knowledge as an adjunct faculty member at Pennsylvania College of Optometry, a senior examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and an international instructor in countries including Israel and Norway. 

At Visual Eyes, he and his fellow optometrists use advanced technology to diagnose and treat various conditions. A trained technician manufactures lenses at an in-house lab, and Dr. Nnabue specializes in orthokeratology, a vision-correcting process that eliminates the need to wear glasses, contacts, or a sign that says, "Sorry for walking into you; I forgot my contacts or glasses." The team also prides itself on showcasing the latest designer frames, including Oliver Peoples, Prada, and Robert Marc.

48 Watkins Park Dr
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US

Lawn Doctor's roots lead back to the mid 1960s, when friends Bob Magda and Tony Giordano took on the endeavor of reviving uncared-for lawns in their hometown of Matawan, New Jersey. Their local business has since blossomed into a national franchise with more than 400 locations across the United States, each adhering to the mission of enhancing lawns' allure with time-tested techniques, dedicated customer service, and dabs of foundation makeup.

Before Lawn Doctor's assiduous staffers unleash expertise on swards, they arrive at the client's home for a complimentary consultation to gauge each lawn's specific needs. Grass gurus can thicken turf with their patented Turf Tamer power seeder and foster healthy growth for grass, trees, and shrubs with fertilizer. Uninvited lawn assailants?such as grubs, ants, and grazing neighbors?shudder at the sight of Lawn Doctor's pest-control experts. The company also helps to preserve Mother Nature's receding hairline with organic lawn treatments and natural, eco-friendly products.

123 Tom Hanks Blvd
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US

Clarence Duhart, owner and head trainer at CD Fit, believes that with the right support and motivation, everyone can achieve their fitness goals. That’s why he and his crew of trainers strive to make everyone feel like they’re part of a team, motivating them to work together in group activities and to inspire and encourage one another as they tackle his 60-minute high-intensity boot camps. Along with creating an atmosphere of camaraderie, the workouts are designed to combat boredom and challenge participants of all levels. No routine is the same, and each class combines a variety of fitness modalities. During any given session, clients could expect to do exercises lifted from yoga and intense cardio, strength, core, and plyometric training—think push-ups and running, and jumping jacks and weight lifting. The experienced trainers think beyond the daily sessions, and interact with their patrons via phone calls, emails, social media, and telepathy.

431 Watkins Park Dr.
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US

Signature service: Youth Art Classes (All Ages)

Established: 2014

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours

59 Kettering Drive
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US

Dana Smith, a specialist in Thai yoga massage, reiki, and intuitive counseling, added one more entry to her resum? in 2003?owner of Spiritual Essence Yoga. Dana, who is registered with the National Yoga Alliance, works with an expansive list of specialist instructors to lead classes for all skill levels. They skillfully reveal the poses of styles such as flow yoga, yin yoga, and restorative yoga, as well as YogAbs and power flow, which focus on strengthening the core and detoxifying the body. Dana also offers various wellness services such as reiki, Thai yoga bodywork, and life coaching.

13100 Brooke Ln
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US

DC Metro Cleaning tackles the grime and clutter that so often accumulates in homes, businesses, and event spaces. The team performs an array of standard services, from wiping down mirrors and scouring bathrooms to removing cobwebs from ceiling fans and LaserDisc collections. The cleaners can also help residents clean up before or after a move with whole-house cleaning and junk removal.

13725 Carlene Dr
Upper Marlboro,
MD
US

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