While a person might wear clothes ranging from basic tees and pants to slinky cocktail dresses, they can't lump everything together when it comes time to do laundry. That’s why the technicians at Fabricare Cleaners offer laundering services in addition to their three styles of dry cleaning: one for basic items, one for fragile items needing special care, and one using biodegradable, eco-friendly detergents. They have a reciprocal relationship with the Fashion Institute of Technology, in which they teach the school how to service garments and the school teaches them how to understand construction. This training enables them to immediately recognize stains and fabric type, allowing them to accurately protect and clean clothes by using fabric-friendly chemicals and buttons previously worn by secret-service agents.
After more than 30 years in the business, the owners recently upgraded the facilities to incorporate green technology and use less energy during their processes. In their upgraded facility, the staff can efficiently clean clothes, furs, house decor, and shoes, which can be dropped off in one of the 24-hour kiosks and are returned with the shop’s free delivery service. They also provide reusable garment bags, helping cut down on plastic waste and large cat nests found in the closet corner.
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Design can be used for more than just aesthetics; it can be used to improve the energy flow of a room. Learn how with Groupon's guide to feng shui.
According to Taoist belief, nearly everything radiates an invisible energy, known as chi, that binds both people and objects together. The design concept of feng shui is centered on this concept, and particularly the belief that realigning objects?and their chi?can create a harmonious, balanced living space. As with open-heart surgery, feng shui is all about where things should be. An accent wall, mirror, vase, or piece of furniture in the right spot is thought to promote everything from inner calm to professional success.
But where to put things? The first step in any feng shui project is to analyze the energy of a space. Mapping energy can be somewhat complicated, as it requires a special feng shui compass called a luopan, but the result is an insight into what a given space?and, by extension, your life?is lacking, whether it be stability in relationships or a sense of focus. Bringing in items that represent one of the five elements (fire, earth, metal, water, and wood) balances out these inefficiencies. For instance, if you?d like to enhance your career, you might break out the red paint to create an accent wall in the south area of your home. This brings in the fire element, which is thought to activate your personal energy and help you achieve recognition. Alternatively, a green houseplant or walnut armoire in the east area of your home brings in the wood element, believed to improve health.
But feng shui is about more than just color. Clocks, mirrors, and electronics also play an important role, and depending on where they are placed, they can either block energy or improve its flow. For instance, mirrors should never be hung facing the front door, as they take the energy flowing in and push it out. They also should not reflect your bed or be hung behind your bed as this brings worries into the bedroom, which should be a place of calm and relaxation.
Equally important to the feng shui process is a lack of clutter, good air quality, and a balance of light. Tidying up your space, using an air purifier, opening windows, and installing dimmer switches are all ways to improve the energy of your space.
There is a war brewing across America's patios and backyard barbecues. Mosquitoes, ticks, and all pests capable of drawing up battle plans disrupt outdoor gatherings with their bites?a nuisance that the techs at Mosquito Squad hope to eradicate. Treaters of 70,000 households using their EPA-registered all-natural spray system, they mist pest-laden areas with a control solution that repels up to 95% of tiny infiltrators. Alternatively, they can take a natural approach that eschews chemicals for bug-repelling essential oils. However, the bug fighters aren't just focused on making outdoor events more comfortable; they also hope to quell the spread of insect-carried diseases such as West Nile virus.
Since 1998, Joe Catino and his staff of handymen have tackled home-improvement projects with a focus on remodeling and additions. The staff strives to maintain the integrity of traditional architecture while expanding homes with modern conveniences, ensuring that medieval castles retain their charm even with the addition of two-car garages. Their handyman services aid homeowners in installing air-conditioning units and upgrading lighting.
Theodore Landscaping’s team of technicians travel to Norwalk’s lawns to eradicate pests, pull up weeds, and fertilize grass to create lush, verdant yards. In addition to lawn-maintenance services, Theodore also custom-designs landscaping plans to suit any property.