Though inspired by the northern California cafés of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan’s modern coffee drinkers—in 2012 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the third year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a chocolate-almond roast and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
Klinke Cleaners’ dependable service and lasting commitment to the trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. In the last 30 years, they have won a gold medal in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison category 29 times. However, before founders Maurice and Trudy Klinke had ever conceived of opening a cleaners, they were the proud owners of Klinke Hatchery, which raised more than 125,000 baby chicks a week. Perhaps the smell given off by thousands of chickens inspired them to seek a less malodorous occupation, because in 1958, they opened the first location of Klinke Cleaners.
In its early days, Klinke Cleaners used Econ-O-Crest dry-cleaning machines—early forerunners of modern dry-cleaning machines—but as the business grew, so did its thirst for new technologies. Soon, the company was installing new equipment nearly as quickly as it could be created, including shirt-finishing stands, drapery-pleating machines, and pants leggers, used to set precise creases in slacks. In 2000, the Klinke family began to consider expansion beyond Madison, leading to a rapid period of growth that culminated in 21 locations across southern Wisconsin and one experimental site at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Its EarthSmart Systems dry-cleaning process uses solvents and machines that are less damaging to the environment, as well as reusable garment bags and hangars to help decrease landfill waste. Most locations also offer a speedy turnaround with drive-thru windows and same-day pickup.
Thirty years ago, Jim Brussock started planting Scotch pines on a small stretch of his Wisconsin hunting land. Since then, this small thicket has grown into a 200-acre expanse that sprouts fresh Balsam and Fraser Firs. Trees are cut as late in the season as possible, ensuring that they remain a beacon of brightness and light as the holiday causes people to cry into pans of stuffing. Though Jim and his team procure only the top 5% of their trees for sale, any customer unsatisfied with their purchase can return these or the farm’s selection of wreaths and garland for a full refund anytime before Christmas. A free disposal bag is included with each shipment, meaning customers needn’t dump their naked tree out into the cold.
Though weight loss may seem like an individual pursuit, it’s a team activity at Medithin Weight Loss Clinics. A medical staff, many of whom have participated in the program themselves, walk each patient through the weight-loss process, with the use of FDA-approved or all-natural appetite suppressants, checking weight loss, BMI, and vital signs in weekly checkups, and providing psychological support. They complement this medical assistance with a eating plan geared toward fat burning. For maximum effectiveness, the team tailors each component to the patient’s goals, medical history, and current physical condition, as assessed by a nurse during an initial appointment, rather than just a check for visible band-aids.
Pilgrim Cleaners marshals 35 years of experience, an environmental certification, and ample elbow grease to brighten clothes with an array of professional laundering services. While the machinery whirs through a same-day shirt press, clients can solicit apparel alterations or bid a tearful farewell to precious icing stains before a wedding-dress preservation. Pilgrim also staffs licensed and insured housecleaning techs for specialty home and upholstery spruce-up services. Each crew comes equipped with its own solvents and expertise to gussy up abodes, readying them for visiting family members or restoring them after a wine, cheese, and mud-wrestling party.
The nutritionists at Optimal Body Balance take on tough weight-loss cases by identifying the underlying causes of a dragging metabolism. They understand that everyone's body works differently and that some people have tried almost everything to lose weight. That's why they customize weight-loss programs to each client's body type, metabolism, and personal goals.