Recently featured on the popular ABC television show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Noonshine Window Cleaning Service employs an army of creative squeegee assassins that have perfected the domestic art of window cleaning and other home maintenance services. With the secret Noonshine window-cleaning solution holstered, workers treat panes to a 10-step process that makes for streak-free glass imbued with magical rain-resistant properties. The company ethos insists upon respect for customers and their property. Standard Noonshine courtesies include confirmation phone calls the day before an appointment, punctual arrival, and tips on avoiding awkward eye contact with sparrows that often nest on second-story sills so they can steal WiFi.
In addition to a wide array of crafting supplies, Harper's Fabric & Quilt Company offers fun-filled classes that impart all manner of needlecraft fundamentals. Needle-and-thread beginners will work their way through a series of three classes before emerging triumphantly with a completed project in tow. An introductory sewing class spans 2.5 hours, during which the experienced seamstresses furnish students with the basics necessary to sew simple projects and quilts made of Microsoft stock on their own. After the introductory class, needle-wielding students can then sign up for a series of two project classes, unleashing their newfound chops on either a skirt or a tote bag. Spread out across several weeks, the classes are scheduled at various times on weekdays and weekends, allowing for plenty of between-class downtime for practice at home and so fingers can fully digest the delicious cornucopia of techniques.
For the team at Superior Cleaning, revamping and cleansing a home requires nothing more than a simple checklist, which details a different set of tasks for each room of the house. The list also allows the team to bring rooms back to a neat state, from scouring appliances and countertops in the kitchen to catching every last dust bunny in the forest of carpet fibers.
During birthday parties at Pump It Up of Shawnee Mission, a white T-shirt is more than a fashion staple—it’s a beacon of light. The indoor play center, outfitted with bounce houses and inflatable slides, switches on LED lighting and black lights during its Glo in the Dark parties, turning outfits luminous without the hassle of a chandelier necklace. Customizable birthday parties can also adhere to pirate or superhero themes. Alternatively, sock-clad youngsters can bounce on the inflatables during open-play sessions, supervised by trained staffers and safeguarded by rigorous safety and cleanliness regulations.
Recycle Pink KC's customers are fairly recognizable––they're the ones with the bright pink recycling bins at the end of their driveways. Those bins are specifically for recyclable materials such as electronics and glass items, which the Recycle Pink team will pick up and separate to save them from landfills. As for those pink bins, they aren't just for show, as a portion of Recycle Pink KC's proceeds gets donated to the Cancer Action Center.
The Learning Tree extends its wisdom-whittled branches in all directions, boasting hands-on learning tools, toys, games, and activities for kids of all ages. From art supplies and science kits to scrub-a-dub-dub bath toys for the tub, there's no shortage of interactive mind-candy worthy of mental mastication. Sharpen a young mind with school supplies such as Faber-Castell's 15 Erasable Crayons ($5.99 for a pack of 15) and the 68-piece Alex Toys Art Studio ($15.99), or let juvenile phalanges forage across a Wigglin' Water Snake ($24.99), Stomp Launcher ($14.99), or the Klutz Incredible Clay Book ($19.95). No matter what goes in the cart, all contents will tickle the minds and giggle-plexes of all their gracious recipients. Both stores are open seven days a week, come rain, shine, or brain storm.