Cheerful yellow ducklings speckle the walls of Rubber Ducky Laundromat and beam down upon rows of sparkling washers and dryers. Beneath the glimmer of television screens, visitors wait for their laundry while surfing the web on complimentary Wi-Fi or munching on vending-machine snacks. A cheerful team of attendants staffs the Laundromat, washing, drying, and folding drop-off jobs, answering customer concerns, and providing advice on how to remove stubborn stains or super-glued "Kick-Me" signs from garments.
Akim's Tailoring and Dry Cleaning staff freshens up delicate garments and customizes the shape of ill-fitting clothes with dry cleaning and tailoring services. Technicians use waterless dry cleaning methods to remove dirt, smells, and remnants of competitive sweat-offs from fabrics and ornately decorated duds, deodorizing and spot cleaning sweaters ($5.25), gowns ($20-$30), and pants ($5.25). Otherwise, in-house tailors can raise or lower hemlines ($10), take in waists ($15), and fix broken zippers ($25-$45) to ensure garments match bodily dimensions snugly.
Hosted by the nationally renowned Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, which helped launch the careers of Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams, the Catch! Providence summer comedy lineup encourages visitors snort, giggle, dance, and listen with glee. This summer's acts include the many-voiced James Dorsey, who extensively studied clowning in grade school before mastering the rubber face (July 22–23, a $25.85 value per ticket), as well as mesmerizing comedy-hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. (10:15 p.m. July 22 and July 29, a $28.40 value per ticket). On LOL Thursdays, New England's top-performing comedians go through their paces in short, high-pressure sets, hosted by the theater's own Frank O'Donnell (7:30 p.m. every Thursday through December, a $14.60 value per ticket).
Hundreds of cars roll off the production line each day, with little to distinguish one sedan or SUV from another. That’s where the auto enthusiasts at Inferno Audio come in. They outfit vehicles with all the tricks and toys necessary to help them stand out—a list that includes custom subwoofers, window tints, and remote starters that keep interior temperatures comfortable throughout the year. They back up every job with a lifetime warranty and make themselves available for questions via text message or live chat in case an ejector seat fails to jettison an irritating passenger.
Although the fresh, hearty dishes at Pamfilio's Ristorante are undoubtedly Italian, the chefs enjoy infusing them with a little local flavor. For instance, they dot the signature cheese blend on their pizza with local sweet corn, and sautee Narragansett littlenecks in a garlic and onion sauce. Even chicken parmesan gets a hometown update thanks to a house-made pomodoro sauce and a road map of Providence instead of a napkin. Customers feast on these dishes in the casual dining room, which also has a deli that serves wraps and grinders made with freshly baked sub rolls or focaccia bread.