For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries. The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn pack-and-ship guarantee.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
A row of brown aprons lines the seafoam green wall in the kitchen at Give Me Some Sugar. Students wrap themselves in these aprons in preparation for lessons taught by seasoned chef instructors. In basic classes, students squeeze piping bags filled with fresh buttercream to adorn pre-made cakes with rosettes, shells, and blueprints of perpetual-motion machines. Specialty classes show students how to work with specific ingredients, such as fondant classes in which participants cut out shapes and letters, or cake ball classes in which students learn to decorate round shapes with sprinkles and candy and how to pump basketballs full of cake. Students age 8 and up of almost any skill level can find a class that fits and don't have to worry about procuring their own icing bags or aprons, because the studio provides all needed supplies. Staff members will also ensure gluten-free or vegan supplies are on hand with prior arrangement.
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.