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.
GrassPro's skilled landscapers travel to both residential and commercial locations to administer lawn-maintenance services designed to keep chlorophyll collections healthy year-round. During the lawn-aeration process, a green-thumbed expert wields a studded instrument to prod into the earth, creating holes that allow oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich golf balls to reach the roots more effectively. A sprinkling of grass seeds then coats the yard, enticing the lawn to burst with verdant, eye-catching greenery in the springtime. Although appointments can be made any day of the week, this service cannot be performed when it's raining, so rescheduling is occasionally necessary.
Run Pest Control's technicians keep buildings both safe and free of pests while staying up-to-date on industry advances. The undesirable critters they target range from insects—such as cockroaches, bed bugs, and termites—to food-stealing rodents and roommates. To rid homes of such nuisances, the technicians take a three-step approach. After thoroughly inspecting problem areas, they classify the types of pests present and design custom integrated pest management systems. Then, once the small monsters have been thwarted, they help customers take steps to prevent future infestations, clean up messes, and repair damages caused by barbarian mice.
Each certified staff member at Blue Sky Lawn & Landscape calls upon more than 10 years of experience by planting trees, nurturing lawns, and orchestrating custom landscape plans. Their landscape-maintenance services include spring edging and fall pruning, which help to prepare lawns, shrubs, and trees for the seasons ahead. With flower-bed and hardscape installation, the specialists create homey backyard settings without going through the trouble of dragging out living-room sofas. Come winter, they keep icy foes from creeping up doorsteps with plowing, shoveling, and salting services.
Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.