With 14 locations in the Pittsburgh area, Model Cleaners wetlessly de-soils the duds of more than 50 southwest Pennsylvania communities with a tidy tapestry of services. Keep the glimmer in your three-piece suit ($17.55) or exorcise your blankets ($24.85–$30.85) of hibernating dust demons. Alteration and repair services transform cycloptic rag dolls back into two-buttoned beauties, and delicate sweater treatments ($6.35–$8.10) keep your wool fluffy enough to sell to any wolf in need of sheep’s clothing. Model Cleaners gives thrill-seeking threads a coming-of-age road trip with free pickup and delivery, which can be arranged by calling ahead. A full list of services and pickup times for each community can be viewed online.
Though the term “boot camp” may conjure images of aggressive drill sergeants barking orders as their recruits struggle through grueling tasks, Body Proud Fitness Boot Camp sessions are much the opposite. Their enthusiastic trainers motivate patrons in outdoor boot-camp classes, issuing positive reinforcement as they work together to burn calories and excess fat through challenging, but not defeating, exercises. Each one-hour session is designed to promote fat loss with a varied routine of interval training that my involve weightlifting, push-ups, sit-ups, and plyometrics. Many activities require participants to band together to tackle obstacles, bolstering a sense of support and camaraderie. Instructors then lead exercisers in a cool down with yoga and stretching, leaving them more limber than a linguini noodle basking in a jacuzzi.
In addition to the calorie-blasting boot camps, Body Proud Fitness Boot Camp’s weight-loss specialties include one-on-one personal training and nutritional counseling. Clients gain access to the Truestar at-home training and nutrition programs, which lead them toward overall wellness with custom meal plans and supplements paired with tailored fitness routines.
As Pierogies Plus's chefs filter into the kitchen early each morning, they peek at the vast pot of potatoes they left to boil overnight, making sure each spud is tender and ready to tuck inside their signature dumplings. The multigenerational kitchen staff—some of whom have been making pierogies for four, five, or seven decades—roll out rounds of dough and top them with sauerkraut, kielbasa, potatoes, and other fillings, following a special recipe espoused by Food Network chef Bobby Flay. Then chefs center each dollop of filling, hand pinch the pierogies into scallop-edged crescents until they cry uncle, and cook them until the dough turns golden. Pierogies Plus dishes out its eponymous treats and other Eastern European dishes both in its McKees Rocks storefront and in an online store, and caters special events, such as graduation parties and weddings.
Sneak away from daily stresses, busy streets, and average-tasting popcorn in favor of an afternoon escape with today’s Groupon. For $45, you’ll get three and a half hours of extensive beautification with the Pretty Me package at Haven Salon, a cozy retreat tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Uptown Minneapolis. Running From: Ghosts or monsters Potential Haven: Boarded-up old mansion
Giant Eagle's spread of more than mild to pungent cheeses amasses more than 400 varieties of aromatic curds from around the world. Parmigiano reggiano ($18.99/lb.) complements rustic tomato sauce and earthy olive oil with firm bites that break into chunks for salty hors d'oeuvres. Cotswold cheese combines mellow double Gloucester with onion and chives ($12.99/lb.), a savory mix that melts into a smooth, hearty sauce when heated on stovetops or placed in a tanning booth. Discerning palates gravitate toward Market District red-wax gouda ($8.99/lb.), a silky cheese whose mild taste artfully underscores the delicate flavors of white wines and fruity reds. A cheese glossary helps shoppers navigate the aisles, paring hard or soft wedges with a fondue recipe or ripened sweater. Additionally, Giant Eagle’s low-fat cheeses deliver fortifying doses of calcium while cutting down on calorie content.