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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.

3006 78th Ave. SE
Mercer Island,
WA
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The ninth-annual Great Kitchen and Bath Tour wends its way through the custom cabinets and countertops of 12 Puget Sound residences, including a modern bathroom designed by Richard Pope & Dawn Ryan of Creative Kitchen + Bath and a remodeled kitchen created by Denny Conner. As ticket-holders arrive at each stop, they can browse glazed-tile backsplashes, run fingers along beveled countertops, admire brushed-nickel spigots, and check medicine cabinets for Flintstones vitamins before traipsing to the next location.

1625 132nd Avenue Northeast
Bellevue,
WA
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R&R Rentals equips customers with the machines, tools, and hardware necessary for tackling everything from maintaing yards to carrying out a top-to-bottom home remodeling. R&R's stock of supplies includes tillers, gas-powered thatchers, and sod cutters for landscaping projects, as well as power tools for scaring the dog. Rentals are available on a daily, weekend, weekly, or monthly basis and all equipment can be delivered for an additional charge.

1923 120th Ave NE
Bellevue,
WA
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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.

15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue,
WA
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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.

3009 112th Ave. NE
Bellevue,
WA
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The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don't try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.

Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan's instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.

4140 Factoria Blvd. SE
Bellevue,
WA
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