Though Martinizing Dry Cleaning can boast of its being one of the largest dry-cleaning franchise in the United States, each locally owned store offers the same customer service and care that its first shop prided itself on upon opening in 1949. From the time it enters the store, a garment is thoroughly inspected more than six times as it goes through the process of dry cleaning, laundering, or mud caking for those who refuse all trends—such as cleanliness—in fashion. The technicians separate items that need to be laundered from those that should be dry-cleaned and offer special cleaning services for bulky items, such as comforters, and fragile pieces, such as leather, suede, and wedding gowns. For clients needing their duds in time for an important occasion, the shop also offers same-day service.
More than two decades ago, Angy Ford, the owner of Bravo Arts Academy, taught her first piano lesson. In the years that followed, Angy’s student base steadily grew, taking over her home-studio space and filling it with noise like a college roommate with no conception of personal space. Angy was heartened by this positive response and overwhelmed by the number of students knocking at her door, so she moved her operation to its current Ogden studio space, which, like the home studio that came before, has continued to expand. Here, Angy couples her bread-and-butter music classes with a host of other engaging pursuits—from art classes to dance lessons—that help kids develop confidence, coordination, and artistic skills. The academy’s facilities invite tots to tumble over thick foam, ballerinas to pirouette over a floating marley floor, and pianists to tickle the ivories in a group setting.
Broken down by age group, the academy’s offerings include preschool, where classes are kept small and incorporate sign language into the curriculum, and extends all the way to private music lessons for adults. Angy models her daycare after the best practices she observed while visiting more than 50 childcare centers, encouraging creativity and learning rather than running infants through daily gauntlets of strength.
For more than two decades, the number experts at Evans Tax & Accounting have helped clients manage their financial portfolios and set achievable future goals. In addition to preparing tax returns in advance of their April date with the IRS, the accountants also handle financial planning and budgeting for individuals and bookkeeping duties for large and small businesses.
The Animal Park, a full-service grooming, boarding, and daycare facility, bestows quadruped companions with a cage-free retreat. In each of the supervised indoor and outdoor small-dog (30 lbs. and under, starting at $20/night) and large-dog (more than 30 lbs., starting at $25/night) facilities, tail-waggers share olfactory secrets or pose for CM Coolidge paintings. Litter-box denizens may enjoy a stay in the Kattery Room (starting at $12/night), with its toys, mazes, climbing wall, and window perches.
Served next to the high ceilings, sun-soaked windows, and fireplace of the Sunlit Room, afternoon tea at the Ben Lomond Suites allows diners to snack inside the former Bigelow Hotel, an exuberant Italian Renaissance Revival building constructed in 1927. Tea-takers choose from a lineup of local leaves, steeped and served alongside an assortment of scones, tea sandwiches, mini-pastries and a dainty dessert. Throughout the meal, visitors can tap along to live piano performance as elegant eighth-notes set a relaxing mood. Afterward, visitors can browse the work of the historic 25th Street galleries during the First Friday Art Stroll, where artists show off their aesthetic tours de force along with their Dali moustaches and Picasso-inspired perms.