The talented and time-saving experts at Lifecrowd offer services for every sphere of domestic life. From in-home mobile massage and housecleaning to dry-cleaning and wash-and-fold laundry services, Lifecrowd’s carefully vetted staff expedites tasks and knocks items off to-do lists. The staff can also help assemble Ikea furniture, hang pictures, mount flat-screen TVs, or clean dingy carpets and upholstery.
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 dry cleaning and wait for Washio's staffers, affectionately named ninjas, to arrive. The ninjas?who bring along a complimentary 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 for premium dry-cleaning services. Just like real ninjas, Washio's staffers also accept special instructions for handling.
In 2001, Carrie Rezabek Dorr's only venue for her Pure Barre workouts—a blend of dance, Pilates, and strengthening stretches—was the basement of an office building. Crowds drawn by Carrie's choreographing expertise and the infectious music of her routines necessitated expansion, however, and eight years later, Pure Barre spread its franchises to what is now more than 160 locations across the country, spurred by mentions in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Health magazines.
Pure Barre guides students through precise isometric movements that craft lean, not bulky, muscles. By flowing through scalable maneuvers that balance limbs against a ballet barre, physiques can lift and tighten traditional problem areas such as the thighs, abs, seat, and arms. The total-body workout is accessible to all fitness levels, and can help new mothers to regain their desired shape without leading the daycare's piggyback carpool. High-energy, intimate classes with small amounts of attendees ensure personalized adjustments and tips, allowing each guest to derive the deepest possible burn from the workout's alternating strength and stretch drills. Pure Barre also offers private barre-ties, DVDs, equipment, designer exercise apparel, and more.
A Carriage Regal Cleaner protects wedding veils, trains, and gowns with an antisugar treatment that prevents yellowing for up to 20 years. This 1.5-month process includes cleaning and hand pressing, as well as $1,500 worth of insurance from the Wedding Gown Preservation Co. Dresses return to owners in museum-strength, silver-and-white display chests that let onlookers admire perfectly preserved tulle and rhinestones when they’re feeling nostalgic or when the wedding channel temporarily goes offline. The official dry cleaner of the UCLA athletic department's head football and basketball coaches, A Carriage Regal Cleaner's technicians also cleanse a variety of textiles, often turning to environmentally friendly dry-cleaning methods. They also speedily ready garments with same-day service on shirts and blouses, pants, and men’s and women's two-piece suits. Tailoring services ensure an individual fit within three days, and shoe repair services extend the life spans of sock protectors in just one week.
Plaza Dry Cleaners's staff smartens up garments with dry-cleaning, laundering, and tailoring services. With same-day and 48-hour turnarounds, they evict germs and debris from an array of items, including comforters, rugs, formalwear, and blankets. Like learning to levitate, the facility's hanger-recycling program helps to limit eco-footprints.