One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
The insured and certified technicians at Pro-Tech Chimney Cleaning & Repairs scour and fortify the home's fire-containing spaces. The team professionally clears out flammable creosote buildup from chimneys and fireplaces, and they can install safety equipment such as animal guards, stainless steel safety caps, and Smokey the Bear propaganda. The chimney whisperers can also repair or replace faulty dampeners, remove poorly located bird nests, and fix up cracked masonry.
The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Manor Hall ($61.38+/gal.) and Manor Hall Timeless ($67.65+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Sun-Proof, whose penetrating formula provides long-lasting UV protection ($58.41+/gal.), helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.
Armed with memories of his father's and grandfather's winepress, Dominick Chirichillo founded his wine school as a hobby in a basement cellar. Since he began crafting his own wines, he has won 47 medals from national American Wine Society competitions and established a proper winemaking school. During a series of classes, instructors guide students through all the stages of winemaking, from crushing grapes to prepping barrels, removing sediment, and softly singing to expedite fermentation. Students handle the same seasonal grapes—harvested from regions of California and Chile—that Chirichillo blends into more than 40 different varietals for sale by the bottle and case.
At Lapels Dry Cleaning, the owner is always behind the counter, fostering an open relationship with clients. Same-day cleaning allows for speedy turnarounds on suits, and 24-hour drop-off service lets efficiency-minded patrons leave their clothes while sleepwalking. As a service to the planet, Lapels uses a nontoxic dry-cleaning solvent and recycles hangers and plastic garment bags.
Though the five partners who make up this olive oil company are vastly different people, each share a common passion: healthy living augmented by authentic, small-batch products. From the business’s initial location in Red Bank, New Jersey, Carter & Cavero has grown to encompass six stores, each of which offers tastings and a unique collection of products from around the world. Extra virgin olive oils include those infused with wild mushroom and sage, meyer lemons, or Tuscan herbs, each a flavorful accoutrement for bread, cooking, or otherwise bland cardboard. Carter & Cavero also stocks a huge variety of gourmet vinegars, foodstuffs, and unique skincare products that make use of gentle herbs and olive oils.