The Bee's Knee's Learn & Play employs Montessori techniques to fuse discovery and fun in an indoor academic playground setting. The romping ground's hour-long special classes (a $75 value/five-week session) cover a variety of topics, average around 12 students each, and emphasize principles such as constructive play, musical expression, movement, and a social curriculum of sharing, taking turns, and never sneezing. Mommy & Me sessions, which are grouped according to age, focus on caregivers as a child's primary teacher and source of melba toast. Toddler Transition is designed to ease children ages 2.5–5 into full-time school, while Spanish-immersion class challenges children ages 5–10 to navigate lessons, story time, crafts, games, and songs in a new language. No matter the lesson, each class follows a routine that includes a communal circle with songs, story time, a snack break, crafts, a trip to the treasure box, and cleanup. During optional open play before and after each class (a $25 value for a five-week pass), as well as during special sessions, children are free to explore the center's electronics-free plethora of playthings, including a Thomas and Friends train table, costumes, puppets, puzzles, an interactive play kitchen, and a life-size DMV.
The meticulous technicians at Diamondplate Detailing dutifully tend to cars of all sizes with expansive detailing services. During the roughly one-hour Express Plus detail, a complete exterior hand wash and undercarriage power wash dispel outer grime, film, and unofficial sponsorship ads. After a bug-and-tar-removal treatment and a gentle hand dry leave shells crisp and arid, the techs pad the mint surface with daubs of soft wax. On the inside, cleaners cruise across dirtied surfaces with a vacuum and dress the dashboard, consoles, wheels, and tires. The one-hour hand wash and hand wax kicks off with an attentive full-exterior wash. Next, the techs armor the body with hard carnauba wax, which seals in the painted finish while protecting it from salt, snow, and sharp tinsel.
Attendants at Signature Car Wash hand dry vehicles fresh from a trip through the drive-through cleaning station. There, the rotating cloth side wraps and brushes as it cuts through dirt, dust, and grime for a cleaning that's strong, yet gentle—like the six-million-dollar man's bionic puppy. Jets also squirt cars with clear-coat protectant, and brushes wipe wheels with DuraShiner tire-shine treatments. To finish, attendants clean out auto insides with vacuum cleaners and carefully wipe exteriors with soft drying cloths for signature and platinum washes.
While their wagons are being pampered, owners may opt to kick back outdoors under umbrella-topped tables or browse the internet at the iPad bar.
The garment gurus at each of DryClean USA's more than 400 locations in the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America employ advanced dry-cleaning technology to gently rid clothing of smirches and smudges. With membership, a wardrobe and its owner enjoys such perks as 20% off all dry cleaning for the year, $0.30 off all dress shirts, and a complimentary laundry bag for superhero costume changes in a post-phone-booth world.
Ileana Moreno believes the key to beauty lies hidden in Mother Nature’s pocket. Through her business me2 beauty skincare & wellness, she treats maladies ranging from age-related wear to dry skin with organic skincare products and holistic nutritional counseling. As an aesthetician, she also lends her beauty-conscious eye to more traditional treatments, such as waxing and make-up application.
The frock fixers at Aloha Dry Cleaners, established in 1964, cleanse garments onsite using environmentally friendly dry-cleaning processes. They also perfect alterations for all garments ranging from draperies and upholstery to dresses and suits. The 13 trained staff members help to preserve wedding gowns and keep everyday wear stain-free. As a courtesy to their customers and community, they clean any American flag or stuffed animal for free, so long as teddy bears are registered to vote.