Seven days a week, the partner laundromats hum with the whirring of high-efficiency washers and dryers. Boasting more than 30 years of business, the Chevy Chase location fields a skilled staff that erases blights from duds with 46 single, double, and triple-load washers and 28 dryers, and enables patrons to convert bills into coins with convenient onsite change machines. The laundromat purveys soap, bleach, and fabric softeners. The staff augments this shopping-while-washing experience by entertaining waiting guests with video games, complimentary WiFi, and—remarkably—a standup tanning bed, inside of which, naturally, is a comedian. Alternatively, the Suds 'N Duds location boasts advanced credit-card-operated machinery that washes loads of up to 90 pounds at a time in as little as 40 minutes and treats freshly bathed garments to a complimentary dry. The laundromats also grant customers a free dry with every wash and offer reward points, which—when saved up—can be exchanged for money to use on washing machines and drying machines.
In addition to self-service laundry, both locations offer same-day drop-off services. Their professional staff sorts, washes, and dries clothing using premium detergent and softeners before folding them into neat piles or intricate seersucker airplanes.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Splash 'Em Out's team of professionals man an arsenal of mammoth 20- to 60-pound front-load washers that can handle up to six loads of laundry at a time. When clothes are washed clean, they're moved into extra-large dryers with high, medium, or no heat settings capable of handling anything from heavy-duty towels to delicate undergarments. For customers who prefer performing the wash themselves, Splash 'Em Out's four locations keep customers' minds off the wait with entertainment including cable TV, video games, WiFi, and a children's play area. Stained clothes get special attention from Splash 'Em Out's staff, who can remove remnants of smoke, soot, or water stains from damaged clothing and thoroughly clean horse blankets without riding the horse through a car wash.
High Maintenance Cleaning Service's name speaks to the level of quality it pursues in tackling dirt and dust in residential and commercial spaces. Armed with cleaning equipment, staffers scour kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, and living spaces on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the cleaning plan they draw up with each customer. Cleaners only use safe and environmentally friendly products so that clients stay healthy and their houseplants don’t stage a revolt. The High Maintenance Cleaning Service team is licensed and bonded, which does not mean the staffers are glued to their driver's licenses.
First educated in her home country of Romania, Dr. Saxman came to America with her husband, continuing her pursuit of knowledge at the School of Medicine, University of California. There, she found a staff of professors as interested as she was in alternative treatments, and began to study acupuncture and herbal remedies. With her practice—Acupuncture-Integrative Medicine, LLC—now established in Lexington, she blurs the line between Western doctoring and traditional Chinese medicine. She assists clients with weight loss, anti-aging, musculoskeletal therapy, and, of course, acupuncture.
Blondies Salon's experienced cosmetologists revamp visages by mowing down rogue hairs with their waxing services. Guests can sit back and let professional hands shape and slim unsightly eyebrows (a $7 value) and evict wandering whiskers from the chin and lip (a $10 value). Patrons can also have a follicle artist lop off dead ends and uneven layers, styling locks to and around their hair-heart's content. Afterwards, mono-toned manes receive a splash of highlights that brighten up the hair like a prison searchlight locked on an escaping tin-man.