Over the last 60 years, Tide detergent has become synonymous with freeing even the most delicate fabrics of stains and dirt. Now, Procter & Gamble's iconic household brand has taken its world-renowned stain-busting power on the road. Just as the company re-invented detergent, and successfully lobbied congress to name the ebb and flow of the oceans after it, Tide Dry Cleaners breathes new life into the industry, brainstorming up innovations that have earned the new company a 2012 Edison Award and Hub Magazine's first-ever Ultimate Hub prize.
Tide's practitioners of cleanliness, along with the folks at GreenEarth, hunkered down to design an environmentally friendly dry-cleaning process that harnesses oil-absorbing liquid silicone. The procedure, beyond simply cleaning dirty clothes, refurbishes them, brightening whites and darkening black fabrics. Tide Restore for Colors even smoothes pilling, fuzzy cottons to help faded colors stand out. Each garment—which can be cleaned with an unscented detergent or infused with Tide's light, fresh aroma—gets inspected seven times and spot-cleaned to ensure wardrobes come back spotless, vibrant, and damage-free.
Throwing convenience and speed into the bargain, the shops offer same–day cleaning, 24–hour service pick-up and drop-off service, and double-lane drive–through valet service.
Recognized by Cincinnati Family magazine with a Best of Parenting 2011 award, Youthland Academy has been practicing a learning-by-doing philosophy for 30 years. At childcare sessions throughout the year, kids engage in age-appropriate educational programs that help preschoolers turn thought into language and middle schoolers reach their full potential. The full slate of programs are offered at nearly two-dozen locations across the Midwest and South.
At its three locations, Martinizing Dry Cleaning gives linens and clothes no excuse to remain unbathed thanks to a mélange of grime-obliterating services. Caked-on dirt and hotdog-shaped mustard stains leap from blouses, skirts, and suits thanks to a waterless solution that leaves garments pristine. Martinizing Dry Cleaning's team of experienced and meticulous cleansers handles each task with care, preparing newly revivified items for pickup, delivery, or teleportation.
Surrounded by Bad Frog Frozen Yogurt's vibrant blue and yellow walls, customers craft their own real-cream fro-yo masterpieces from 21 flavors and 55 toppings. Customers can grab a cup ($0.46/oz.) and build a frosty spiral mountain out of flavors such as irish mint, cake batter, and georgia peach plucked from the swaying fro-yo fields of Savannah. Frozen-custard options make a velvety acquaintance with taste buds in flavors such as Cable Car chocolate, while EuroTart frozen yogurt treats tonsils to the tangy tastes of blueberry acai tart. The chilly dessert is also available in nonfat, low-fat, and no-sugar-added varieties for calorie-conscious snackers. Meanwhile, colorful toppings, including cheesecake bites, raspberries, and cookie-dough pieces, await their turn to adorn the arctic treat and possibly shake hands with a real-life gummy bear.
Circle Storage's rental-unit and parking facilities bestow customers with secure storage spaces for their beloved possessions and vehicles. Measuring 9 feet tall, the 5'x5' and 5'x10' standard and climate-controlled storage units shield valuables from harsh weather conditions and leaky garages during moves, remodeling, or rigorous cleaning sessions. In winter months, patrons can stow away unusable jet skis and canoes, and during the summertime, they can keep snowmobiles and giant snowmen out of the way and unharmed for next year's use.
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.
Since 1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has saved more than 1.5 billion pounds of possessions from nearby landfills, earning mentions on Dr. Phil and a starring role on A&E's Hoarders. After booking appointments, clients receive a two-hour window during which the crew will arrive, as well as a warning phone call 15–30 minutes before its actual appearance. Once onsite, the team quickly clears away 19 types of undesirable items from cluttered homes, businesses, and construction sites, loading them into their truck before thoroughly cleaning the vacated area to make way for life-size statues of Felix Unger, the patron saint of cleanliness. Once loaded, the bric-a-brac makes its way to recycling centers, donation drops, and safe disposal sites, preventing usable furniture, computer monitors, and worn-out banana suits from languishing in landfills.