Featured in the October 2009 issue of Drycleaner News, Express Clean caters to time-challenged clothes wearers with dry-cleaning services and home or office pickup and delivery (a delivery charge of $0.75 applies to all orders). Rid pants ($5.35) and shirts ($1.65) of a daily detritus of dirt, or cleanse a week's worth of blouses ($5.35), dresses ($9.75), and suits ($9.75–$12.75). With experienced pressers, a tailor, and a shoe repair professional on staff, Express Clean can alleviate issues facing an assortment of apparel, hemming pants ($12+), replacing heels ($12–$18), and delicately de-soiling leather, suede, and fur ($15+). In addition to caring for clothes, Express Clean also liberates blankets ($15–$20), comforters ($22–$28), and down comforters ($30–$45) from a variety of bedtime snacks. Express Clean owns and operates its cleaning plant, ensuring the protection of all patrons’ property. After pickup, all items are pampered and then returned within three business days. All waste from the plant is handled responsibly according to strict government regulations and Express Clean backs all services with a no-fuss satisfaction guarantee, promising freshly scented wardrobes to benefit individuals, families, and the sensitive olfactory organs of wire-hangers and bureau drawers.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
During each of its many weekly classes, The Handwork Studio's staff of teachers and professional artists give creative kids a fun, hands-on introduction to expressing themselves through machine sewing, fashion, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and needle felting. Workshops such as A Snip-It of Sewing, A Touch of Handwork, A Feel for Fashion, or A Pinch of Knitting Needle Fencing combine a smaller class size with a curriculum that accommodates children of all ages, except Faulknerian man-children with nonlinear senses of time. Petite purlers can also get a head-start on the holidays with a themed Valentine's Day or St. Patrick's Day workshop, which supply all the tools, materials, and instruction necessary to create handmade decorations, meet new friends, and build foolproof Cupid traps. All classes must be used within four months of the Groupon.
Family connection is the driving force behind FatherBox, a company that strives to bring families together with its modern-day time capsules. Inside decorative boxes, families can preserve special moments that might otherwise slip away, including pictures of a school play or home movies. Inside each FatherBox, parents and kids can tuck away photos, letters, and meaningful trinkets before shipping their box back to the company. Boxes are then securely stored for a specified number of years. At the end of the FatherBox's hibernation, families can gather to rediscover and enjoy their precious memories.
Philadelphia’s historic cobblestone streets, landmarks, and old buildings can take on an eerie aura in the moonlight, the perfect backdrop for the guides of Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour to tell tales of the city’s dark past. Developed by historical experts at The Constitutional Walking Tour, the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour traverses Old City, stopping at more than 20 sites, such as the Physick House, Library Hall, and City Tavern. At these destinations, guides cloaked in black and carrying lanterns share stories that weave together a narrative of both reported hauntings and folklore. They tell tales of ghostly visitors that range from soldiers to historical figures such as John Barry, who constantly tries to explain to people who he was. Strolling past some of the city’s oldest cemeteries and graveyards, tourists may spot out-of-the-ordinary shapes, such as free-floating orbs.