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.
Carbonation makes a cold soda refreshing, but it can also make a carpet clean. At Queen City Bluegrass Chemdry, technicians lift stains and odors from carpet with a carbonation-powered cleaning system combined with a nontoxic cleaning solution called The Natural. The quick-drying, eco-friendly process employs water efficiently, unlike typical carpet-cleaning procedures that involve spraying your living room with a garden hose. Though the company’s technicians are best known for wall-to-wall carpeting treatments, they also can wield their stain savvy to cleanse area rugs and upholstery.
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.
The sheer volume of garments that Widmer's Cleaners has dry-cleaned over the past 100 years is astronomical, but there are a few special items that will never be forgotten. Widmer's processed many vintage garments on display at the Smithsonian, such as Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders outfit, and the suit that Abraham Lincoln was wearing when he was assassinated. Today, the service menu has expanded—technicians will clean carpets, tile and grout, and upholstery, as well as perform a slew of other services. Widmer's is actively involved in the community, contributing to charities such as Goodwill and the American Red Cross.
Under the leadership of franchise owner Mike Sumner, the technicians of Here To There Movers know that the transport of belongings from one abode to another is one of life's most stressful affairs. The licensed and insured staff can arrive at a moment's notice, equipped to handle bookshelves, boxes, and pianos waiting to be dropped on pesky cartoon neighbors. Here To There also provides a frequently asked questions page and moving tips.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Each locale's packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever timeframe works best, using one of the full range of UPS shipping options, including next-day air, ground, and international shipping ($16 on average for basic ground shipping, $38 on average for air shipping). Encase vacationing belongings with the parcel packagers' basic or custom boxes, fragile-item packing supplies, or bubbles unaffected by time ($12 on average for basic packing, $35 on average for custom).