When the staff at Corry's CO2 Dry Cleaners realized they were responsible for the disposal of 192 gallons of hazardous waste every year, they knew it was time for a change. They overhauled all of their equipment in order to provide an option that avoided using the traditional dry-cleaning chemicals that are suspected of causing cancer and eating socks. Instead, their cleaning method uses carbon dioxide and nontoxic soaps to flush stains from clothes, which is kinder to clothing fibers and leaves behind no chemical smell. This technique has earned them votes from readers of Mercer Island Reporter as the "best place to take your dry cleaning." for several years, most recently in 2013.
Aside from the greener cleaning technique, the staff maintains a tiny carbon footprint with other services and process. To conserve energy, they've retrofitted the lighting and pickup and deliver clothing free of charge, saving their customers money on gas. They recycle 24,000 hangers a year and fold clothing into reusable bags instead of disposable shirt boxes. They also love to educate not only their customers, but other dry cleaners about their eco-friendly ways.
South Sound Magazine captures the lifestyle of South Puget Sound in six full-color issues every year. Subscribers gain insight into the people, places, plants, and penguins that help to define the area with a wealth of lifestyle tips for redesigning the home and garden, or updating the wardrobe with trips to local boutiques and tailors. South Sound's staff of entertaining writers scour the region for interesting new restaurants and time-tested recipes, as well as cozy bars and scenic Washington wineries. Whether you?re a newcomer or a lifelong resident who?s memorized every blade of glass in the tri-county area, South Sound magazine makes it easy to keep track of local happenings, goings-on, and what-occurred-here-recentlys.
425 Magazine celebrates the people, businesses, nightlife, and culture that make living in the Eastside fun. Insightful articles cast a spotlight on up-and-coming art studios or eateries serving organic fare, craft beers, and local wines. A wide range of activity suggestions and lifestyle tips help readers get the most out of their life in the Eastside, from recommendations for stylish rainwear, to insider peeks at nearby spas, gyms, and cultural events.
With a total of 14 locations, sewing and quilting classes, and a cornucopia of handpicked sewing products, Quality Sewing & Vacuum offers needle wielders all the necessities for their projects. Experts helm free sessions that teach participants how to use their sewing machines to work toward reinventing an old skirt or craft an elegant canine wedding gown, while special events feature guest speakers who impart home decor, garment construction, quilting, and embroidery tips to audience members. Shoppers can peruse the cache of sewing machines from brands such as Singer, Pfaff, and Brother alongside accessories, embroidery designs, and vacuums that clean up rooms after testing out how easy it is to find a needle in a haystack.
As the owners of the Bellevue franchise of Home Buddies, Jay and Gina Cornwall strive to give every client the same level of care that they would want for their own pets. To that end, they put their bonded and insured pet-sitters through an intensive training program, teaching them basic pet care through animal CPR and first aid. Able to serve a variety of animals including dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, and horses, Home Buddies’ team offers basic services such as dog walks and waste removals, as well as pet-sits that range from 30-minute check-ins to overnight stays, even on major holidays except for Talk Like Shakespeare Day. Caretakers arrive at owners’ homes for complimentary consultations, where they meet pets and learn which in-home services would best help the client. To give owners added piece of mind, pet-sitters can setup live webcams. They also provide concierge services, such as picking up the mail and watering plants.
For over 30 years, 3 Day Blinds' technicians have sift through samples and unreel measuring tapes during in-home consultations, custom-fitting abodes with blinds, shutters, and shades. They handcraft and cut treatments such as faux wood blinds, vertical blinds, and flexcell honeycomb blinds that reduce light and are energy efficient. As they tailor-make each order, the staffers dress windows of all shapes and sizes, from an arch above a doorway to a misshapen wormhole in the attic. All of 3 Day Blinds’ products come with a limited lifetime warranty. After clients have made a selection, the team shows up just two days later to install the new window dressings or let customers do it themselves.
Gertrude Popp founded Poppinjay's Cafe more than 20 years ago, eventually recruiting her son and daughter to help oversee the expanding enterprise. Today, chefs at six locations across Bellevue and Kirkland craft creative breakfast and lunch items, mixing pastries from scratch and toasting fresh sandwiches piled with deli meats alongside ample vegetarian fare and healthy smoothies. They also load catering trays with enough snacks, full meals, and desserts to quell the hunger of dozens of revelers or one visiting mastodon.
Poppinjay's Cafe regularly supports its local community by making frequent donations to charities and organizations and hosting monthly meetings for All Women Empowered, an association dedicated to bettering the lives of women and children across the globe.