Stretching back three generations, the family behind Apollo Cleaner performs all services in-house and employs effective-microorganism dry-cleaning technology. The technology was developed by a professor of horticulture in Japan to help farmers cultivate fecund soil; however, dry cleaners also use the method to eliminate odor-causing mold, fungus, and bacteria from clothes.
In addition to reviving everyday garments, Apollo's techs clean leather, preserve wedding gowns, and repair duds with alteration services. They also back their work with a guarantee: if the customer isn’t completely satisfied, Apollo staffers will return to work to remedy the situation; and if they uncover a manufacturing defect during the cleaning process, they will contact the manufacturer to learn how to best repair the garment.
With high-tech, modern flight simulators and a fleet of advanced aircraft at their disposal, the instructors of Empire Flight Academy lead a host of trainings in the invigorating art of airborne transit. Authorized as a Cirrus, Diamond, Cessna, and Garmin G1000 education facility, Empire Flight holds courses that shuttle would-be cloud kickers toward their Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Ratings through combined training on the ground, in the cockpit, and careful study of footage from Airplane!. Additionally, Empire Flight Academy’s offshoots—Empire Airways and Skyline Tours—offer ride-along sight-seeing jaunts of New York, as well as privately chartered flights.
Named 2011’s Best Camp on Long Island by the Long Island Press, BounceU Farmingdale’s summer day camp transports kids to an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they bounce from side to side in a safe, stimulating environment. From 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, kids can imagine they're synchronized leapers in Michael Flatley's Riverbounce as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy and cultivating creativity with every leap. From giant-gloved boxing jabs to bounce-assisted slam dunks, exercise meets imagination through games and artistic activities designed to engage young minds. While campers trample through inflatables, the attentive BounceU Farmingdale staff monitors the rebounding playground at all times, ensuring that the facilities are safe, clean, and thoroughly buoyant.
Even in his days on the police force, Michael Gould found himself working with dogs. As a lieutenant, he commanded his department's canine unit, and this affinity for dogs serves him well as the owner-operator of Hounds Town USA. Born from a dog-training business, Hounds Town USA is not just a place for dogs to hang out while their owners are away. Here, in the large, temperature-controlled facility, they satisfy their pack instincts with a group of like-minded pooches. They chase one another, flop down for naps together, and discuss methods for getting the cookie jar off their owner's kitchen counter. All staff members have been thoroughly trained to interact with a pack of dogs, and they supervise this pack constantly, encouraging good behavior with physical and verbal praise. Because all pups are given a temperament test before their first day, they're assigned to a playgroup that matches their playing style and preferences, even if they really just want to play House.
Combining their talents and doubling their time, doctors Keith Niesenbaum and Brian Spar run the Farmingdale Dog and Cat Clinic, a one-stop shop for checkups and outpatient procedures for the most common furry friends. They spay and neuter both pets and strays, vaccinate them against common illnesses, and treat temporary maladies such as the sniffles or minor injuries. They also dedicate a lot of their time to animals not fortunate enough to enjoy human companionship, providing services to rescue organizations, colony caregivers, and those who practice TNR—or trap, neuter, and return—as a method of humanely curtailing the population of strays and ferals.