Since 1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has saved more than 1.5 billion pounds of possessions from nearby landfills, earning mentions on Dr. Phil and a starring role on A&E's Hoarders. After booking appointments, clients receive a two-hour window during which the crew will arrive, as well as a warning phone call 15–30 minutes before its actual appearance. Once onsite, the team quickly clears away 19 types of undesirable items from cluttered homes, businesses, and construction sites, loading them into their truck before thoroughly cleaning the vacated area to make way for life-size statues of Felix Unger, the patron saint of cleanliness. Once loaded, the bric-a-brac makes its way to recycling centers, donation drops, and safe disposal sites, preventing usable furniture, computer monitors, and worn-out banana suits from languishing in landfills.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
As a medical aesthetician, Julie Kline has trained under award-winning plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan, where she learned advanced skincare techniques and ways to get the most out of the products she uses. She helps her clients fight the signs of aging with microdermabrasion treatments, microcurrent therapies, and chemical peels. For gents, she performs men's facials that ward off razor burn. Julie is also a certified permanent-makeup artist, which allows her to apply indelible cosmetics to those with sensitivities to traditional makeup or faint features due to medical conditions.
Surrounded by Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt's vibrant blue and yellow walls, customers craft their own real-cream fro-yo masterpieces from 21 flavors and 55 toppings. Customers can grab a cup ($0.46/oz.) and build a frosty spiral mountain out of flavors such as irish mint, cake batter, and georgia peach plucked from the swaying fro-yo fields of Savannah. Frozen-custard options make a velvety acquaintance with taste buds in flavors such as Cable Car chocolate, while EuroTart frozen yogurt treats tonsils to the tangy tastes of blueberry acai tart. The chilly dessert is also available in nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added varieties for calorie-conscious snackers. Meanwhile, colorful toppings, including cheesecake bites, raspberries, and cookie-dough pieces, await their turn to adorn the arctic treat and possibly shake hands with a real-life gummy bear.