Without relying on toxic cleaning products such as Perchloroethylene and hydrocarbon solvents or a bucket of melted action figures, EcoClean delivers professional garment cleaning and laundry services that are as good for the environment as they are easy on your skin. Thanks to a special wet cleaning process that uses biodegradable detergents and state-of-the-art equipment, clients can have their dirty shirts and blouses ($6.75), pants ($7), and regular dresses ($9) cleaned to a point of earth-friendly squeakiness. To prep for an important job interview or a mistakenly formal appearance at a paintball field, sport coats ($8), two-piece suits ($15), and full-length formal wear ($40) can be rid of their annoying aromas faster than coating a skunk with body spray. EcoClean also provides free pick-up and delivery (limited area available; call for details). Additional charges apply to items that are lined, beaded, stained, pleated, ruffled, or heated frequently in microwaves.
Run by the same family since 1915, Home Steam Laundry & Cleaners fortifies fibers with professional cleansing and pressing treatments. For drive-thru service, customers escort dresses ($8.19), sweaters ($5.19), vests, and ties ($3.69) to the cleaning specialists without having to leave the comfort of their cars' air conditioning or bacon-scented air fresheners. Perchloroethylene-free hydrocarbon solvents work to purify hydrophobic suits ($8.19) and blouses ($4.59), and extracting dryers leave finished garments free of excess chemicals. Flatwork orders ($2.05/pound) such as tablecloths and linens become smooth under the heat of a specialized flatwork-ironing machine. For an additional 25 percent, customers can invoke the Rocket service, which readies garments in three hours, that are dropped off before noon, by launching them into the cleansing atmosphere of the ozone layer.
BYD is Austin's original practitioner of Bikram yoga, the method famous for heating its practice space to a sweat-inducing, detoxifying 105 degrees to make the body malleable enough to safely stretch its way through all 26 asanas (postures) and two breathing exercises. Over the course of 90 minutes, BYD's impassioned instructors will lead you through each asana, bestowing strength and flexibility while priming the different organs of the body to awaken and do their groovy thing. Classes take place every day of the week from morning to evening and are geared for yoga veterans as moldable as warm wax, neophytes unable to touch their toes (or their hands), and everyone in between.
For each and every cycle, the Best Cleaners staff loads machines with fresh soap, eco-friendly solvents, and a new self-cleaning filter to ensure that lingering dirt is far from the fresh load. Using a biodegradable, hypoallergenic solvent designed to remove insoluble soil, the staff cleanses everything from delicate silk dresses to soft cotton shirts and stiff, sturdy blazers built with NFL-sized shoulder pads. During laundry services, the team puts clothes through a double wash cycle, sews new buttons onto shirts at no extra cost, and finishes with a starching process. And for customers who want to clean 100 or more garments, the company's drivers can also pickup and drop off loads within a reasonable radius of each location.
Led by a husband and wife duo with more than 15 years experience, CherryBones' expert photo takers assist party planners in freezing fleeting moments with a combination of modern philosophy and vintage charm. A pro photographer arrives at designated locations to set up a mobile studio that captures the frozen images of guests for three hours as they laugh, smile, or gaze longingly at distant ice-cream trucks. The seasoned imagist crops photos and zooms the camera, helping render snug close-ups or wide shots. Included props invite photo subjects to pose behind items such as masks or mustaches. Afterward, guests can log onto an online gallery to scan through snapshots or magnify them and scour images for clues to the location of lost car keys. DVDs with photos are available for an additional $15.
The clothes-cleaning team at Morgan Family Dry Cleaners spruces up garments with all-star washing talent, an eco-conscious attitude, and a complimentary pickup-and-delivery service for select areas. After customers drop off chocolate-smeared dress shirts ($3.99), dirty blouses ($4.79), tear-stained tuxedos ($12), and grimy sweaters ($5.50), duds undergo a multi-point inspection that sniffs out any fugitive stains and a perc-free cleaning process that scrubs away even the most stubborn polka dots. Morgan Family Dry Cleaners recycles hangers and stores patrons' preferences—such as starch or no starch and Pepsi or Coke—on a computer system worthy of the 21st century.