Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks Fruit Smoothie and Healthy Eats sends their customers well on their way to consuming their recommended daily intake for fruits vegetables, all through a portable smoothie. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of berry, tropical, and “power” smoothies, the latter of which are named for extra boosts of vitamins A and C, fiber, and protein infused in the drink. Nearly a dozen different supplements lend their revitalizing nutrients to the menu, helping create power smoothies like the metabolism-boosting Venice Burner and the heart-healthy Cardio Cooler. Robeks also offers wraps, salads, and gourmet stuffed pretzels, and oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip “power” cookies. Each Robeks location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
At Sprayberry Cleaners, wardrobe wardens buff stains and creases from duds in a full-service shop that backs work with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Expert dry-cleaning services return runway-worthy glow to sullied garments, scouring everything from common blouses or pants ($4.65/piece) to cashmere sweaters or linen bulletproof vests ($5.10/piece). Cleansers also tackle hard-to-clean household items such as comforters, tablecloths, and drapes ($14–$32), and seamstresses lift or lower pant hems ($9), shorten dresses ($8–$35), crop jacket sleeves ($18), or permanently attach cozy mittens to shirt cuffs.
Joe May Valet began dry-cleaning and laundering fabrics way back in 1936, when the Great Depression forced people to give up their glamorous nudity in favor of clothing. At four locations around Atlanta, trained staffers use their hands and eyes inspect garments, removing stains and driving dirt from the fabric’s furthest nooks and crannies. Customers with spare hangers can drop them off, and the staff will recycle them or donate them to charity.
Within a neon-colored lair packed end-to-end with colorfully flashing games, GameRoom’s arcade master invite players of all ages to plunk down their tokens for a chance to experience games as they were meant to be played. Classics such as skee ball and claw machines reward skill with handsome prizes, and driving simulators and action games impress with modern graphics and head-to-head competition. Once the games are through, competitors can retire to the onsite Johnny Rocket's complete with 28 flat-screen HDTVs or tell their defeated friends which toppings to choose at the frozen yogurt shop.
The dedicated dirt apprehenders at Carriage Cleaners of Buckhead spruce up dingy duds and delicate fabrics with water-free cleaning services. Cleaners scrub away hard-to-remove spots on dresses ($13.50), shirts ($2.25) and pants ($5.50), and unbundle two-piece suits ($11.50), leaving them more groomed and wrinkle-free than a two-dimensional prom dress. Alternately, wedding-dress services remove discolorations from prized gowns worn for big days or extra-formal corporate events. After donning stunning gowns, brides can submit garments to the clothing caretakers, who will clean and specially package dresses, ensuring they remain pristine for years to come. All work is done in the store, which harbors enough starch and lack-of-starch to suit clients' stiffening needs.