When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Signals populates its website with a plethora of jewelry, clothing, home décor, and kids' items. Outfit bare walls with wall décor, such as flower art made from recycled iron and pressed metal ($34.95). Personalized items, such as an “I Heart” shirt or sweatshirt ($12.95–$41.95), can commemorate your love of freeze-dried ice cream, and a wooden box that emits laughter or applause when opened ($24.95) can show support for a one-person reenactment of an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street.
With the help of a high-powered, 48-inch fan, Clean Air America, Inc.'s truck-mounted vacuum system extracts dust, dirt, and allergens out of ventilation systems at a rate of 16,000 cubic feet of air per minute. To put that in perspective, traditional portable or truck-mounted vacuums muster between 400 and 4,000 cubic feet per minute on a good day. Before each session, technicians send an infrared camera into the ductwork to map out every inch of dust or reveal enclaves of ninjas hiding there. Then they move in with special brushes and scrubbing tools, leaving homes with cleaner air and fewer odors.
The factory-trained sleep experts at Mattress Matters strive to help customers get up on the right side of the bed with a wide range of mattress brands and types. Clients count fewer sheep than ever before on a Simmons Beautyrest queen set, whose motion-separating, pocketed coil springs and highly trained shepherds fill nights with uninterrupted REM cycles ($699+). Developed by NASA, the Tempur-Pedic bed conforms to every nook and cranny of the body, supporting perfect spinal alignment and comfort ($1,199+). Media mogul Donald Trump's line of luxury slumber vehicles boasts KoolComfort memory foam and a top-layer quilt to caress bodies and minds into dreamland ($849+), and the Sealy Posturpedic's orthopedically correct support aids in creating ache-free days and z-filled nights ($579+).
Excel Fabric Care dispatches IICRC-certified cleaning specialists to exorcise spots and debris from sullied carpets with a truck-mounted hot-water-extraction system. Upon arrival, a trained technician or perhaps even the company owner will inspect floor-fuzz for problem areas and lint tumbleweeds before recommending a custom-cleansing approach. Carpets then cast off their blemishes with the aid of the steaming equipment, which blasts unsightly spots with water heated to more than 200 degrees. In addition to purging rugs of grime, the steam system also evicts pollutants and allergens invisible to the naked eye, such as pet dander, smoke and exhaust, and ecto-chip bags dropped by negligent poltergeists. Excel's on-hand trove of more than 20 spotters can then permanently wrestle more tenacious stains out of their wooly lairs.
Because houses lack the opposable thumbs to clean themselves, Bravo Brothers House Cleaning picks up the slack with its specialty residential cleaning services. Spawned from a mixture of suds and elbow grease, insured technicians descend on homes, sanitizing the bathrooms, mopping the floors, and removing dust from vintage shoulder pads. The company is also glad to accommodate requests for a preferred brand of cleaning product.