In 2002, owner Peter Xu realized that the chemicals of traditional dry cleaning had caused damage to his hand, so he began a complete overhaul to eliminate those chemicals from his business and the lives of his customers. Today, Nature's Best Cleaners uses a chemical-free cleaning system known as "wet cleaning" that uses a water-based solution with natural cleansing agents. The process leaves no residue and evicts chemical-pollutant stowaways hiding in clean clothing. For those who have always wanted to defy the "dry clean only" warning, wet cleaning satisfies rebellious desires without threat of shrinking or spontaneous combustion.
Peter's Classic Cleaners wields more than 45 years of experience to launder and dry-clean clothing and accessories using environmentally friendly old-fashioned processes free of harsh chemicals. The staff specialize in cleaning valuable items, including wedding gowns and leather, and can wash, dry, and fold quotidian attire ($1.99/lb.). Jackets ($8+) stand straighter, and pants ($5.50) release grass stains or hard-won telephone-pole splinters after a thorough degriming. Patrons can drop off blouses ($3+) and dresses ($10+) for laundering and shirts or polos to be hand pressed ($3.50+). Once clothes are freshened, clients are encouraged to wear them all at once before falling asleep on a just-cleaned king-size comforter ($25).
Even after undergoing double hip-replacement surgery, Tom Tecca was undaunted in his pursuit of fitness. The certified personal trainer and tae kwon do black-belt went on to place in several bodybuilding competitions. What's more, he founded his own CrossFit gym, which became so popular it has expanded twice in the span of two years.
Today, Tom still coaches students of all ages and experience levels at CrossFit Marlboro, introducing them to more than 3,600 square feet of functional fitness equipment. He hosts both group and private classes, and encourages newcomers to join up through free intro sessions held on Saturday mornings. During the group workouts, participants might lift weights, slam medicine balls, and jump atop boxes in pursuit of well-rounded fitness, deriving motivation from their classmates's cheers instead of mp3s of their high-school gym teacher's best pep talks.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 Clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries—including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, organics and naturals, and everyday essentials—grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2013 alone, the company donated more than $4 million to charitable organizations.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of ?hard-to-find tools,? and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone?s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.