Alesci’s embraces family traditions. If it’s not already apparent by the third generation of brothers who co-manage the deli and grocer, it shimmers to the surface in the stories of old regulars and those who remember Grandpa Frank Alesci. Starting with Frank, and now for more than 50 years, the Alesci family has curated a collection of imported products, providing immigrants with the sought-after goods from across the pond. Beyond that, it’s a place for fresh, crusty bread, pizza, a myriad of cheeses, and deli meats sliced by hand. Inside the 7,000-square-foot location, shelves are lined with everything from polenta to biscotti, olives to olive oil, and peppers who share space with their natural enemy: the tomato.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Haul-My-Mess.com owner Ron McCully dispatches crews of strong, careful movers to help clients transport their belongings without stress or physical pain. Workers pull up to homes and businesses in large, 16-foot box trucks, eager to follow special orders, such as to haul away the sofa without waking the no-good roommate who’s sleeping on it. In addition to facilitating easy moves, Haul-My-Mess offers junk-removal services focused on reducing landfill waste by delivering reusable goods to local donation and recycling centers.
Colonic Center of America's team of therapists attends to clogged interiors in a comfortable setting with its gentle, FDA-approved cleansing-hydrotherapy treatment. The center uses the LIBBE system, which can be operated privately or with the assistance of a therapist. Sessions take place in private rooms, and clients don appropriate draping to maintain comfort and peace of mind. The filtration system removes all traces of offensive odors, ensuring a sanitary experience. Before treatments, clients are advised to drink plenty of filtered water, eat organic vegetables and fruits, and avoid swallowing marbles. See Colonic Center of America's complete list of pre- and post-session guidelines for additional instructions and information.
Over the past quarter-century, Karen has helped wedding guests get to the chapel on time, prospective employees stand out from the crowd, and family members send little thank-yous in style. “I consider it an honor to be invited into your lives,” she says—and it’s an honor she takes seriously. Beyond creating original, ornate designs for save-the-date cards or personalizing bar or bat mitzvah gift-bags, she provides a full-bore experience, even going so far as to hunt down chocolates made at a peanut-free facility for one affianced couple before their big day.
Fast Needle-Milton's squad of skilled, diligent needlesmiths earned the 2011 Customer Satisfaction Award from Talk of the Town. The talented tailors hem unlined pants ($10.50) with ease, sparing customers the inconvenience of having to supplement bottoms with pairs of outdated goldfish-heel platform boots. Nimble needles can adjust sports-coat sleeves ($22.95) or curtail the dimensions of a dress ($16.95) for maximum wearability. Shortening a wedding gown ($100) can help the sewers' bridal customers avoid tripping on hemlines during fast-paced rounds of the chicken dance at wedding receptions.