One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
In a boutique styled after a dry cleaner, the staff at Long Island City Kleaners curates a collection of limited-edition tees, designer headwear and shoes, and skate gear lauded by Time Out New York. Shirts protected in plastic dry-cleaning bags flaunt signatures from 21 designers including Acapulco Gold and Mishka, as well as newcomers such as Huf and Whoami?. Men's graphic tees ($20–$34) emblazon pecs with wry slogans and logos, and Montana refillable markers ($9) arm fingers with the power to improve flat surfaces and rainbows bearing factory defects with vibrant, waterproof pigment. Scarlet and green stripes trim the preppy V-neck collar of the Rocksmith Sigma cardigan ($72). Choose a crown from among the minimal ribbed beanies and embroidered caps ($25–$32, on average) designed by 18 haberdashers and one exiled prince, or strap dogs into the regal crimson suede and canvas that make up HUF high-tops ($80).
Iris Cleaners have been keeping garments looking sharp for more than 20 years. A team of cleaning enthusiasts and expert tailors perform an array of services, including dry cleaning, wet cleaning, alterations, and fire restoration for everyday clothing, and couture items such as wedding dresses previously worn by Dickens characters and 30-piece suits. They’ll also tend to household items including drapes and bed linens. While placing their orders, customers can make special requests such as extra starch, no pant creases, and extra candy in the pockets. Pick-up and delivery is free for residents below 145th Street in Manhattan and in Queens.
Dirt never sleeps for the bonded and insured cleaning professionals at Miss Clean Scene. Its technicians operate on a 24/7 basis, ridding residences of dust and grime with precision. Prior to joining the team, all staff members undergo criminal, credit, and reference checks to ensure maximum customer security and satisfaction. During training, they also pass a 100-point cleaning checklist mastery program that allows them to execute cleaning missions with sparkling expertise.
Housecleaning services include dusting, vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, changing linens, emptying wastebaskets, and annihilating cobwebs. In the kitchen, one of Today's maids will clean the sink, microwave, and stovetop before wiping down the outside of all appliances and cabinets. Bathrooms sparkle with clean mirrors, toilets (inside and out), and unscuffed showers and tubs. (Click here to see a list of available services.) Maids are trained and experienced in the art of grease spatters, shoe scuffs, straggly marooned hairs, disheveled linens, and messes. They'll ask you for direction and focus on the areas you need cleaned the most; all services are customized to the customer's needs.
Fore more than 20 years, Green & White's garment cleansers have banished dirt, odors, and stains from clients' apparel and household items. Delivery trucks venture to homes to pick up clients' laundry bags, and then deposit the parcels at the 15,000-sq. ft. cleaning facility, where cleaners separate, tag, and cleanse each item. Refreshed items are then collected, and loaded onto another delivery truck to journey back to homes and into the hands of their owner. At a separate facility, customers can drop off and pick up their clothing, and watch as their two-piece suit leaves home for the first time.