The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Named Best Family Destination (Indoor) by Northshore magazine in 2010, Imajine That diverts the minds of children with a 12,000-square-foot interactive, educational playspace. Pint-size imaginations roam free in 12 Imajination stations, where miniature post offices, grocery stores, and mortgage brokers let little ones mirror their grown-up wranglers. Kids can leap and bound through the dragon bouncy house and giant Jurassic climbing structure, or color canvases at the arts and crafts station. Membership includes monthly passes for one child and two adults (a $20 value) or two children and two adults (a $30 value), which allow unlimited play throughout the month, and kids can be brought in by babysitters, family members, and other childproof adults.
In Control's titular crash prevention curriculum combines classroom and real-life instruction. During the 4.5-hour tutorial, expert instructors will explain how to best use your brakes and how to handle highway emergencies. A racecar driver will teach you how to keep control of the car as you slam on the brakes while driving at highway speed. You'll also learn how distractions affect your driving and receive expert tips for controlling your ability to stay moored upon this good, paved-over Earth. Using the company's vehicles, you'll be able to test your own reflexes and self-control on In Control's closed course.
At Fun2Paint, artists of all ages adorn plaster vessels with individualized designs, crafting masterpieces in the studio to take home immediately. After selecting a choice piece from hundreds of options (starting at $10.99), fledgling Van Goghs can embellish with studio-supplied paints and brushes, creating a vibrant flower, a realistic butterfly, or a mustached Batman. The resident spray wizard will then coat finished figures with a magical paint-fixing spray-finish, so artists can take their master works home that day.
A Sanitone-certified dry cleaning service, John Anton's Cleaners carefully cleanses each soiled garment with environmentally friendly chemicals while distilling and recycling its dry-cleaning fluid on location. Whether faced with a rumpled blouse, a wine-stained tie, or a pair of khakis that got sneezed on by an elephant, these adroit cleaners tackle each challenge with vigor and return your finery spotless and pressed. John Anton's also reshevels disheveled formal wear: both gowns ($25.35) and two-piece tuxes ($16.25) emerge free of such common stains as blood, blood, and so much blood, and the gowns are all hand-finished. Services for leather and suede jackets start at $50. John Anton's also picks up and delivers laundry to your home or office for free, even if you're not around. See a full list of pricing here.
Today's side deal gets a lush Christmas tree into your house while simultaneously getting your family out of it. For $38, you get a pre-cut Christmas tree, up to eight feet tall, from Smolak Farms (up to a $75 value). Located just 45 minutes outside of Boston, this picturesque 300-year-old New England farm lets you and your family enjoy the Christmas tradition of taking your pick of hundreds of pre-cut trees. Because purchasing a Christmas tree after Christmas is considered something of a faux pas, this side deal understandably expires on Christmas Eve. This deal covers the tree only—rope is not included.