When Karen Beninati's son was young, she had a hard time finding a childcare facility with which she felt comfortable. So she decided to create WeVillage—a drop-and-go daycare, preschool, and summer camp that parents would feel comfortable leaving their kids at and a place where kids would actually want to go.
To put parents at ease, Beninati hired professionals with degrees in early childhood education and certifications in first aid and CPR. She also ensured they went through a thorough background check. To make WeVillage a place kids wanted to go to, she decided to offer activities such as dodgeball in the park, drawing, and visits to nearby museums.
All the activities at WeVillage are aimed at helping children improve their mental and physical skills while building the social skills necessary to succeed in school and make meaningful connections with their peers. Kids at WeVillage are also exposed to international culture via yoga classes, world music, and global cuisine.
Since 1983, Moore’s Quality Cleaners has lifted stains from garments, reassured customers with a 100 percent guarantee, and made sure its staff is guided by its 8 Points of Perfection. The 8 Points mandate consultations about any spots, wrapping for delicate buttons, and recleaning of garments that do not meet customer expectations. Staffers apply these stringent guidelines not only as they dry-clean, but also as they launder garments or alter apparel with faulty straps or too-long pants legs common among retired stilt walkers. To cut down on travel time, the cleaners can pick up and drop off dry cleaning twice a week at clients’ doors.
5 Star Cleaners is on a mission. In addition to using recycled plastics for hangers and reusable garment bags, the conscientious cleaners keep the earth and their clients healthy by eliminating any trace of the toxic, but common, chemical perchloroethylene from its solvents. Whether cleaning area rugs, repairing and altering garments, preserving wedding gowns, or performing any other service, the shop keeps toxins from seeping into the area water supply by using biodegradable soaps and hiring vigilante mermen to patrol water reservoirs. Customers can drop off their clothing to be cleaned or opt for pickup and drop-off services.
The teachers at Success Learning Center specialize in personalized tutoring sessions for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Their classes focus on subjects including math, Chinese language, and reading and writing. The teachers cap each class at four students, so they can give each pupil one-one-one attention and help him or her build self-confidence.
Max's Wine Dive is renowned for its culinary-chutzpah-filled dinner menu, which turns chili dogs and burgers into gourmet flavors. Their fried chicken was deemed one of America's Best by Travel + Leisure. Try the signature Texas haute dog (a Strube Ranch Wagyu hot dog topped with your choice of beer-braised sauerkraut, Dijon mustard, pickles or chili, jalapenos, and cotija cheese, served with fried onion strings and frites; $14). Or opt for the Kobe beef burger (a Strube Ranch Wagyu Kobe beef burger with Belletoile triple-cream brie, in-house pickled jalapenos, local hothouse tomatoes, and organic Bibb lettuce, served with frites; $17), another favorite. If you're feeling ravenous, hang a fang in the all-you-can-eat fried chicken and waffles (chicken thigh, leg, and breast with jalapeno and buttermilk marinade, deep fried, served with a waffle; $19) during Sunday brunch. Woman's Day once named Max's grilled cheese (Gruyère, provolone, and roasted red pepper, served with a cup of tomato soup; $13) one of the 10 best in the nation.
Stress isn’t allowed inside Tresor Day Spa. The spa’s staff bars the door against tensions with a panoply of pamperings, such as therapeutic massage, baobab footbaths, and mud body wraps that draw out toxins. Many of their services use Nu Skin products that are designed to undo aging. Galvanic facial and body treatments, which tighten and tone skin, are a particular specialty here, particularly because they minimize the appearance of cellulite, wrinkles, and imprints from crushing beer cans on your forehead.