With a special focus on beginner musicians, Riff Factory instructs eighth-note-hungry students on melodious matters through private lessons. Most of Riff Factory's savvy instructors have either collegiate musical education or experience performing in professional treble-clef-minded bands. Rental instruments are included in each lesson, allowing students to save their own cherished noisemakers for crowd-pleasing ukulele smashing.
The textile-pampering experts of Mulberrys Garment Care tend to dingy clothes with toxin-free cleaning methods and a commitment to quality that earned the shop a nod as Top Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaner by Minnesota Monthly in 2011. Offering 24-hour drop-offs or pickup and delivery service, the Mulberrys crew dry-cleans garments with pressurized CO2 and no heat, keeping clothes from returning with a chemical smell, faded colors, or an unhealthy sauna addiction. Laundry services suds up duds with purified water and environmentally friendly detergents before pressers hand-finish each garment and tailors scour seams for missing or cracked buttons. Tailoring and alteration operations let Mulberrys' skilled needle wielders exercise their 30 years of experience to fit clients with customized duds, and an online account system gives patrons instant access to billing, order status, and their pants' favorite music playlists.
At schools, art studios, and museums across the city, Minneapolis Community Education fosters not only fun and practical skillsets, but also a sense of togetherness for students and teachers alike. While standing in a gym full of exercising neighbors, director Jack Tamble explained the social element of his organization, stating, “Community education is more than just about learning. When people gather together like they're doing behind me in this room, they get to know each other, and they really get to enjoy living in Minneapolis.” The network of community-recruited teachers has been serving the area for more than 40 years, and today teaches various skills ranging from basic computer navigation and multicultural cooking to advanced woodworking and fluency in Pig Latin.
Extracting odors and stains from clothing for 62 years, Martinizing Dry Cleaners serves 19 locations around the Twin Cities. Free men's dress shirts of stains, creases, and nametag residue ($2.89), or slide legs comfortably into the spotless surfaces of men's and women's slacks ($7.19). Blouses ($7.19) can frolic in the fresh air and warm sunshine of summer after spending quality time with sanitary solvents, and men's and women's suits ($12.59) can seek out water-free cleansing after food fights with hostile raiding parties from HR. Cleaning tips give customers insight into the mysterious and mostly nonmagical world of stain abolition.
The Caring Tree has one simple but important goal: to ensure that all children have the materials necessary to be successful in their education. To that end, the staff and volunteers dedicate themselves to equipping Minnesota’s K–12 students with appropriate supplies, including backpacks, pencils, and notebooks. They do this with the help of thousands of donors, including individuals, companies, and groups. Additionally, they sell shirts, hats, and scarves to raise money for more school supplies and to spread word of The Caring Tree’s mission.
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For more than half a century, Edina Cleaners & Launderers has been solventizing three-piece suits and silky blouses with a friendly face and swift turnaround. Although eco-wired brains may have us chucking plastic evening gowns in the recycling bin, Edina makes it easy to get behind more wearable textiles with an eye on green cleaning. A once condiment-covered sweater can dangle on the ostensibly designed handle in the back seat of any car, comfortably tucked within an eco-friendly, reuseable garment bag. Not to be outdone by mall security and tour guides of the twenty-second century, Edina Cleaners & Launderers executes many deliveries by segway. Standard services for suits ($16.40), sweaters ($8.05), skirts ($8.30), men's shirts ($2.99), and other garments are available, and complete pricing can be viewed online.