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The staffers at Solar Planet do more than lavish visitors with meticulously clean salons, indulgent extras, and the power to don a sun-kissed glow in less than 20 minutes. Each employee is Smart Tan certified, meaning they possess the training to design personalized tanning schedules for clients seeking an instant or lasting glow. The specialists also know every detail of Solar Planet?s fleet of tanning beds, which range from traditional beds to standup capsules, the style most conducive to tanning lawn flamingos. At some locations, custom airbrush tanning sessions enlist the help of a certified airbrush artist who highlights the body?s features with strategic strokes in a custom bronzing hue. Over its 25 years in business, Solar Planet also has sunless tanning booths, a stock of buyable bronzing lotions, and a variety of skincare services including facials and waxing.

5206 Nicholson Ln.
Kensington,
MD
US

Sultry tangoes. Stately waltzes. Swirling swing steps. For the instructors at Avant Garde Ballroom Dance Center, no dance is too difficult. With decades of experience and reams of international certifications and accolades between them, they prep students for unforgettable wedding dances, teach social dancing skills, or introduce beginners to timeless steps through friendly, welcoming instruction. Avant Garde offers group and private lessons, as well as social parties where dancing and mingling go hand in hand.

5268-M Nicholson Lane
North Bethesda,
MD
US

With 15 locations and an inventory of more than 3,000 cars, NextCar gets its customers back on the road with speed and ease. They carry cars, trucks, and SUVs from brands such as Acura, Range Rover, and Chevrolet, with models that range from compacts and two-doors to SUVs, luxury vehicles, and hybrids.

11411 Rockville Pike
Kensington,
MD
US

When it comes to footwear restoration, the experts at Cobbler’s Bench Shoe Repair don’t just go through the motions. Instead, they put in the extra effort to return each pair to a like-new condition, a quality instilled by the company’s founders, Charles and Sara Stern, in 1946. All repairs are completed within three days and use equal or better materials than the original manufacturer, which helps protect shoes from environmental damage and teasing from snobby loafers. Cobbler’s Bench also maintains an offsite plant with special equipment to carry out particularly complicated repairs.

11301 Rockville Pike
Kensington,
MD
US

While cake isn't always a health food, it can be under the guidance of the bakers at Caked Up. They gather their ingredients from local sources to ensure a dessert's freshness as they create classic indulgences such as cakes, cupcakes, and bite-size lolli cakes. But their fresh ingredients are only half the equation. When something a little healthier is desired, they can swap out traditional flour for gluten-free grain or remove all traces of eggs, milk, and butter from the batter to cook up completely vegan desserts.

No matter what ingredients they use, the bakers always ensure that desserts bear beautiful designs. They can make easy swirls and flowers in frosting, or create custom designs that utilize fondant, cake shaping, and piped frosting. This allows every dessert, no matter if it's a tray of cupcakes or a tiered cake, to be the perfect centerpiece for a party or slapstick open-mic night.

5268 Nicholson Lane
Kensington,
MD
US

For more than 20 years, the certified technicians at EnviroCare have fought mold, extracted water, cleaned floors, and performed other restorative household services. Their mold-removal and remediation treatments follow a multistep procedure that includes a complimentary visual assessment, an infrared structure and moisture inspection, and an air-quality test with a cranky proctor. Like their water-damage and nontoxic carpet-cleaning services, the air-quality test is backed by a 100% guarantee. EnviroCare staffers also remove pet dander and dust-mite feces with their air-duct-cleaning services, which conclude with an all-natural deodorizer.

5268 Nicholson Ln.
Kensington,
Maryland
US

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