Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Premier Chem-Dry at the top of its list of carpet-cleaning franchises, an honor the 30-year-old carpet- and upholstery-cleaning business nabbed with the help of its signature cleaner The Natural. More water efficient than steam cleaners or hoping the bathtub overflows all the way into the living room, the formula uses carbonation to lift dirt to the carpet’s surface for easy removal. The solution dries in one to two hours, leaving carpets resistant to resoiling, especially when paired with an optional protectant.
Premier Chem-Dry’s professional technicians can use The Natural to cleanse upholstery as well as carpets; their ministrations can also alleviate water damage caused by floods or the making of ocean dioramas. Alternatively, they can ply stone, tile, and grout with suction and powerful cleaning solutions to remove dirt before coating them in durable sealant. Liability insurance and a satisfaction guarantee backs all their work, lending their services appealing to even the most carpet conscious.
Since Stewart Vernon started America’s Swimming Pool Company in 2001, it has blossomed across 11 states and now boasts nearly 100 locations. The company’s Certified Pool Operator–trained professionals oversee more than 60 million gallons of water each week as they clean and maintain residential pools, as well as diagnose issues with pumps or lazy filters that have been letting in swimmers who aren’t wearing ties and jackets. In addition to repairing equipment, the experts can install brand-new systems or entirely renovate pools with retiling and new decks. For hot-tub aficionados, the company outfits homes with Garden Leisure spas, which help to relax aching muscles without the dangers associated with steeping in a witch’s cauldron.
Diva Zone's pole-dancing lessons encourage women to embrace the beauty of their bodies while strengthening self-confidence and muscles. During one-hour small group classes ($10 each), students take a test twirl around the practice pole as instructors spin their bodies in sensual circles, combining gymnastic grace with the seductive shapes of adults-only geometry tests.
Medi-Weightloss Clinics has helped thousands of patients across the United States lose a total of 2.2 million pounds with its physician-supervised weight-loss program. Designed by experts in medicine, nutrition, fitness, and education, the program transitions its participants into healthier lifestyles with a three-phase approach, which includes an initial weight-loss phase, a short-term maintenance phase, and a final wellness phase. The clinic's signature patient website provides special tools that allow clients to track their progress, seek out individual counseling, and receive step-by-step care and motivation. After completion of the program, Medi-Weightloss Clinics offers continued support to help participants maintain their svelte physiques for the long haul without preserving themselves in amber.
With a PhD in nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, registered nurse Carol Dean Baker understands that wellness involves more than getting a physical every year. That’s why, in addition to her nursing practice, she helms PureBalance, a yoga studio dedicated to building a health-oriented community.
The studio’s eclectic offerings range from Vinyasa sessions in an 85-degree room to basic Hatha classes focusing on breath work and meditation. Flexibility-enhancing sessions emphasize deep, slow stretches of major muscle groups, and condensed classes pack a full course’s punch into just 45 minutes without resorting to cheap time savers such as eliminating the exhalation portion of each breath.
Showcasing hands-on, interactive exhibits, the nonprofit Georgia Children’s Museum sparks an enthusiasm for learning in visitors between the ages of 2 and 12. Youngsters can design a newspaper page in the journalism exhibit, anchor a news broadcast in the TV studio, or curl up with a book in the hushed confines of the reading room. Meanwhile, in the internationally themed Passport to the World exhibit, tykes don authentic kimonos, beat handmade African drums, and discover how Magellan built the blimp that he used to circumnavigate the globe. The Smarty Pants Gift Shop stocks glass pendant necklaces and Magna Morphs toys, whose sets of animal parts can be reassembled into new, imaginary creatures. Above the store, in the Little Learners’ Loft, kids aged 2 to 5 enhance their make-believe skills with age-appropriate toys. Along with its permanent exhibits, Georgia Children’s Museum accommodates kids with events and weekly activities, including craft and story times.