In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in locations around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their child learns to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of preschool knitting circles.
With humble beginnings in 1924, Ace Hardware now comprises 4,600 stores in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries, guiding everyone from seasoned do-it-yourselfers to novices through its massive inventory. Enlist the aid of a knowledgeable pro while sifting through tools, lawn and garden supplies, electrical equipment, and outdoor-living accessories that simplify the hosting of backyard barbecues and the hanging of Christmas lights on zoo animals. Holiday accessories such as 100-count lights ($9.99) and portable fireplaces ($29.99) aid and imbue celebrations with seasonal spirit. During any time of year, a hatchet ($18.49–$36.99) helps forest visionaries see the wood for the trees, and a second mailbox ($13.99–$84.99) doubles the amount of fan mail homeowners can expect to receive.
Atlanta Lash Addict's staff elongates eyelashes with a variety of extensions. They apply natural-looking fringe extensions lash by lash for an undetectable enhancement, like radar-blocking technology on a fighter jet or a fighter bicycle. The team's specialty lash applications include "The Flirt" and "The Tease," which is the most popular variety and tailored for attention-loving divas. Revamped eye fringe lasts anywhere from two to three weeks, and the staff also provides lash tinting or removal.
Joe May Valet began dry-cleaning and laundering fabrics way back in 1936, when the Great Depression forced people to give up their glamorous nudity in favor of clothing. At four locations around Atlanta, trained staffers use their hands and eyes inspect garments, removing stains and driving dirt from the fabric’s furthest nooks and crannies. Customers with spare hangers can drop them off, and the staff will recycle them or donate them to charity.
In the mid 1980s, a group of concerned citizens founded the Georgia chapter of The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), which now serves a constituency of 32,000 people. The original members all had personal experience with the diseases and wanted to raise awareness in their community to help find a cure.
Today, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation provides support for patients and their families, and sponsors a variety of events across the country and in the Georgia region to raise awareness and funds for research on these debilitating diseases. One such event is the Team Challenge half marathon, which Regional Education and Support Manager Mary Ball calls a “life-changing experience.” Other diverse events include the Take Steps fundraising walk, the Torch Gala with a seated dinner and live music, and Camp Oasis, a summer camp for kids with Crohn’s and colitis. With funding from these national events, CCFA has supported a wide range of research initiatives from new medications and surgical procedures to new ways of identifying the two diseases.
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Dirt-ridden clothes are reborn into dapper duds thanks to the meticulous attire experts at Prestige Cleaners, who'll scour the surface of formal and casual apparel, including pants, skirts, sweaters, and scarves ($4.50 each). Frocks, lab coats, and jackets of windblown riffraff ($9 each) can forgo shrink-prone methods for a cleansing drier than Oscar Wilde's chalk collection, and spotless winter shrouds and raincoats ($13.50 each) will pique the curiosity of Old Man Winter. Prestige's first-rate garment gurus can also erase any unwanted marks from silk and linen fashion for an added dollar.