M & S Specialty Services hosts a team of fully licensed, bonded, and insured window cleaners who keep the sun beaming inside homes and businesses. The cleaners also keep houses free from damaging algae, ivy, and grime as they tidy up roofs and gutters, and they harness the power of pressure washers to wipe dirt from siding and doors more efficiently than a herd of spitting llamas.
With 23 years of laundering experience, Maloy Quality Cleaners' apparel lovers keep clothes in tiptop shape with a full complement of alteration and cleaning services. Customers' favorite suits, shirts, and dresses can be freed from dirt, sweat, and tar and feathers left by disparaging bosses at the professional cleaning facility. The cleaners also showcase expertise in care for suede, leather, furs, and wedding dresses, and offer their deft needling services to alter size-challenged articles.
The knowledgeable technicians at Computer Services Associates have 75 years' combined experience wrangling software and hardware demons and are trained to tackle an array of major operating systems. During a Mac or PC cleanup ($100), computer gurus scan and remove viruses, malware, spyware, and long-lost retainers before optimizing software and bench testing hardware. Technicians skillfully wield a rubber ducky to distract the computer tower and its insides before scrubbing behind its ears, blowing out all dust, and picking the lint out from between the motherboard’s toes. Computer Services Associates can also treat specific computer or printer maladies (standard service $75/hour) within five to seven business days or replace laptop hardware ($100/hour).
Showcasing hands-on, interactive exhibits, the nonprofit Georgia Children’s Museum sparks an enthusiasm for learning in visitors between the ages of 2 and 12. Youngsters can design a newspaper page in the journalism exhibit, anchor a news broadcast in the TV studio, or curl up with a book in the hushed confines of the reading room. Meanwhile, in the internationally themed Passport to the World exhibit, tykes don authentic kimonos, beat handmade African drums, and discover how Magellan built the blimp that he used to circumnavigate the globe. The Smarty Pants Gift Shop stocks glass pendant necklaces and Magna Morphs toys, whose sets of animal parts can be reassembled into new, imaginary creatures. Above the store, in the Little Learners’ Loft, kids aged 2 to 5 enhance their make-believe skills with age-appropriate toys. Along with its permanent exhibits, Georgia Children’s Museum accommodates kids with events and weekly activities, including craft and story times.
The seventh annual Macon Film Festival gives local cinephiles independent alternatives to standard Hollywood features. Each day’s screenings are organized into blocks, such as Thursday’s documentary block at the Cox Capitol Theatre, comprised of three films that, like memorizing the first ten thousand digits of pi, prove that fact is often more entertaining than fiction. The festival caters its films to all manner of attention spans, running the gamut in both run time and genre from comedy shorts to feature-length dramas. The Saturday morning block at the Cox Capitol Theatre features family-friendly fare. The festival gives visual voice to student filmmakers, talented but little known directors, and committed filmmakers bucking straight-to-microwave-release trends, and its city-spanning venues encourage popcorn-heavy community bonding.
With a PhD in nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, registered nurse Carol Dean Baker understands that wellness involves more than getting a physical every year. That’s why, in addition to her nursing practice, she helms PureBalance, a yoga studio dedicated to building a health-oriented community.
The studio’s eclectic offerings range from Vinyasa sessions in an 85-degree room to basic Hatha classes focusing on breath work and meditation. Flexibility-enhancing sessions emphasize deep, slow stretches of major muscle groups, and condensed classes pack a full course’s punch into just 45 minutes without resorting to cheap time savers such as eliminating the exhalation portion of each breath.