The staff at Prestige Green Touch Cleaners removes stains and smells from delicate and designer apparel using odorless, eco-friendly products. From preserving wedding gowns to freshening up luxury bath linens, the clean team keeps cloth, leather, and suede fabrics safe and strand-free during dry-cleaning services. In addition to cleaning fabrics, Prestige Green Touch Cleaners can resize garments by adding seams to dresses or adding zippers to tube socks.
The artisan collections at Clouds include home decorations, bath and body products, and a selection of scented candles created with professional care and natural ingredients, guaranteeing quality. The familiar smells of living rooms or dens are complemented by the waxen aromas of Clouds' signature candles, which infiltrate noses with hints of lemongrass, lavender, mango papaya, and respect (prices start at $5 for a 3"x3"), or a Capri Blue volcano candle with tropical fruits, sugared citrus, and mountain greens ($28). A set of Votivo vanilla grapefruit aromatic burning sticks sends out airy blends of tropical leaves, vanilla beans, and tangy fruit juice when set afire ($12 for 20 sticks), like most area rugs. Garden mint shea butter soap keeps hands frothing at the palms with a French-milled lather ($8), and a teak coaster set prevents cups from staining tables with their sweats ($18 for a set of four).
Since kicking off its online app, Washio has raked in some impressive plaudits. Entrepreneur named Washio one of "100 Brilliant Companies" in 2013. Forbes also highlighted the company as one of "five great startups." The praise is mostly thanks to the company's easy-to-use app, which allows customers to schedule pick-up and drop-off dry-cleaning and laundry services like other apps let them schedule cab rides. Over the Internet, iPhone, or Android, customers simply select a 30-minute window for pickup. Then, they just fill up a reusable bag with their laundry and wait for Washio's staffers, affectionately named ninjas, to arrive. The ninjas?who bring along a complementary cookie for good measure?whisk clothing, blankets, and other items away and return them fresh and clean 24 hours later. Washio automatically charges the customer's credit card after this delivery, freeing folks from having to carry cash, give a tip, or figure out how much one bag of laundry costs in hen's eggs.
At the cleaning location itself, staffers employ eco-friendly practices and cleaners free from harsh chemicals. Just like real ninjas, Washio's staffers also accept special instructions for handling.
Certified yoga instructor Mary sees the same crisp alignment in a clean room that she does in a well-executed tree pose. Her philosophy links the two practices—neatness and yoga—by relating them to the idea of letting go of one's inefficiencies. She believes that purging the body and mind of disorganized energy can also help people clear their homes of clutter.
Mary's appointments typically begin with an asana yoga routine. After they've identified and rejected stagnant energies within themselves, she and her clients set to work tidying the area in question, whether it's a large living room, a small closet, or the kitchen pantry that houses your bronzed broom collection. At the end of the session, she conducts a visualization meditation exercise to further encourage the streamlining process. Mary applies similar methods when helping clients move or manage their time.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze, fire, and de-genie it for them, and they may retrieve the finished piece after a few days.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.