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 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.
A favorite store for the soon-to-be-wed, George’s Tailoring and Formal Wear is a home for clothing alterations and repairs of all sorts. Located inside of a no-nonsense storefront along a busy stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard, George’s offers affordable alteration services with a fast turnaround time. Customers bring ill-fitting purchases George, who mars them and then cuts them up, turning poor fits into good ones and good fits into great. George is also a master of repair, whether it’s holes in jeans or tears in shirts, he’s able to fix almost any problem, saving once forsaken luxury clothing and pieces with sentimental value.
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.
Watching some of the lithe women coming out of Pure Barre classes, it's easy to believe that they've been ballet dancers their whole lives. But that's not necessarily the case. Pure Barre's instructors stress that the workout requires zero dance experience, and they say that as long as you can hold onto the bar and quote Center Stage verbatim, you can participate in the classes.
Because small isometric movements are performed in the classes, women of all shapes, sizes, and ages can take a Pure Barre class. These small movements work each muscle to fatigue, and then stretch it back out, which creates the lean lines dancers are known for. The movements also work areas of the body many women struggle with, including the abs, butts, thighs, and arms, and they burn fat—all without putting excessive stress on the joints.
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.