The scents of made-to-order sandwiches first started wafting from the doors of The Woodside Deli in 1947, when it began meeting the lunching, snacking, and catering needs of the residents of Silver Spring. Decades of success saw the business overgrow its original location and expand to one in Rockville, where a restaurant menu offers up chewy bagels, meaty diner fare, and philly cheesesteaks dripping with melted provolone cheese. High Holiday and Passover menus offer kosher treats, and catering services can fill bellies at bar or bat mitzvahs, corporate events, and baby’s-first-tax-return parties.
For more than 15 years, the full-time staff at Heart to Heart Introductions has been playing Cupid with a dating database that now holds upward of 24,000 members. Approximately 85% of that romantic melting pot is made up of busy professionals who don't have the time or patience for typical meeting spots, such as bars, coffee shops, or traffic circles. The team creates each member's personal profile based on phone and in-office interviews and then sends them off to other members that match their personality and preferences. When interests are mutually piqued, the staff sets up dates or provides members with each other's digits, using feedback from how the dates go to instruct future matches. When sparks are absent, the process starts over again, with new profiles and pictures sent every two days. The love luminaries help increase the chances of a successful first date by offering tips on proper duds, suitable conversation, and why pretending you invented soccer is bad.
A nonprofit community arts center, VisArts fills its studios with amateur artists learning techniques of creative expression, and acts as an exhibition opportunity for seasoned creators. Classes span a wide artistic spectrum, including concentrations such as ceramics and glass, many of which can be specifically tailored for the educational needs of children or resurrected Renaissance men in need of a new hobby. VisArts also enriches the community with a trifecta of galleries—the Kaplan, Gibbs Street, and Common Ground—and a thriving resident-artist program.
With participating locations nationwide, Auto Care Special lets customers reach out to their local garages for a grab bag of free and discounted maintenance services. Cards may be redeemed for multiple vehicles over the course of one year for services such as oil changes, safety inspections, and engine-light diagnoses. Those who move or create alter-egos over the course of the year can scan the locations page for participating garages in their new cities of residence to receive a complimentary maintenance bundle.
During its more than 15 years in business, Jackie’s Alterations has become the trusted shop for individuals and businesses in need of tailoring services. Led by master tailor Jackie Nguyen, the team bestows bespoke looks on men’s suits, fits gowns to their wearers, and creates custom window treatments. Same-day service is available for busy customers and for those whose breakfasts include bottles labeled “drink me.”
BounceU lets tots take many small steps for kidkind in an inflatable playground, in which they can bounce in a safe, secure environment. Youngsters can carom around the squishily stocked stadium on oxygen-filled energy expenders such as slides, basketball courts, boxing rings, and hamster wheels. The five-bounce pass is valid toward any combination of open-bounce sessions, including Preschool Playdate, Family Bounce Night, and All-Ages Open Bounce.
Started in the early 1900s by a taxi driver who helped travelers haul their trunks to Union Station, Beltway Movers eases modern moving with a fleet of 50 vehicles outfitted with two-tier SmartPack systems for safe, efficient transportation. Uniformed, trained small crews arrive at designated locations to shrink-wrap upholstered furniture, disassemble headboards, and load even the most massive of sugar-packet collections into vans with care and efficiency. Any excess belongings can be safeguarded in the company’s storage warehouses, which are guarded by advanced sprinkler and burglar systems and watched by vigilant rattlesnakes 12 hours a day. Customers visiting Beltway’s website can receive a free instant estimate of their move’s cost, as well as a litany of tips to ensure a smooth process.