The instructors at Side Kicks Family Karate aren't just about helping their students progress in belt colors—they aim to help them progress in life. In their martial-arts classes, which combine Japanese fighting styles with kickboxing and basic grappling, they not only teach men, women, and children how to defend themselves, but also how to cultivate self-discipline, self-esteem, and strong character in and out of the dojo.
Crystal Simons helms Hair & There, adding to her eight years of experience not only with each client she sees but also with each class she takes to learn about new styling techniques and trends. She’s even pursuing an education in massage therapy so she can massage her clients’ hair after trimming it. With that passion for cultivating her skills, Crystal leads a team that renders hair services such as highlights and extensions, as well as spa services such as waxing and facials.
Public Safety and Education is the sum of many great parts?or, more specifically, many great individuals. The faculty comprises NRA-certified instructors, law-enforcement officers, military veterans, paramedics, and firefighters. With their combined abilities, these experts teach NRA classes for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. They also train people in mastering CPR and understanding wilderness survival, among several other courses.
In 2011, owners Daniel Gualtieri and Samuel Vulcano purchased Swanson Cleaners with the intention of maintaining the Swanson family’s 67-year tradition of reliable, quality dry cleaning. The versatile cleaning experts demonstrate their years of experience by banishing stains and marks from clothes ranging from sweaters and ties to simple two-piece suits and their formal cousins the 12-piece chicken dinners.
Laundry Moms delivers a weekly reprieve from the most infamous household chore by abducting dirty clothes and linens and promptly returning them washed, dried, and neatly folded. After designating a convenient pickup location and delivery time, Laundry Moms arrives on schedule, ready to whisk shirts, pants, and bed sheets to the land of detergents and cleansing carousels. Before folding clothes into neat piles of origami cranes, Laundry Moms either tumble dries them or, as one of several extra services, hangs them on a clothesline ($1/piece) to dry in the open air and properly display “Hang in There!” motivational T-shirts. The typical turnaround is 48 hours, but Laundry Moms offers expedited service for an additional fee ($10).
Since its founding by William Bright Sr. and William Dunk Sr. in 1927, Dunk & Bright Furniture has grown from a modest storefront to a 100,000-square-foot showroom. The store's staff—accredited by the Interior Design Society and American Society of Interior Designers—leads visitors through a maze of bedroom and living room sets, mattresses, and other pieces by brands such as Ashley, Harden, and aspenhome. A separate 1,000,000-cubic-foot warehouse stores the bulk of the shop's inventory, which also includes wall-to-wall carpeting, area rugs, shutters and blinds, and enchanted mirrors. Dunk & Bright delivers purchases free of charge within 200 miles of Syracuse.