In 2011, owners Daniel Gualtieri and Samuel Vulcano purchased Swanson Cleaners with the intention of maintaining the Swanson family’s 67-year tradition of reliable, quality dry cleaning. The versatile cleaning experts demonstrate their years of experience by banishing stains and marks from clothes ranging from sweaters and ties to simple two-piece suits and their formal cousins the 12-piece chicken dinners.
Tom Huyck and the deft tailors at Executive Clothing Service pour more than 20 years of menswear experience into building elegant, custom garments to match any person's style. To begin, guests explore their desired look with a knowledgeable clothier, who hones in on a comfortably tailored fit through discussion of various cuts, designs, and materials. Skilled hands take exact measurements of limbs for a computer to translate into precise patterns that are stitched together with a single needle, shortening production time to 21–24 working days. Having secured hems and buttons with their nimble needles, the craftsmen invite clients to try on and approve the fit of their heirloom-quality shirts or suits before returning antique hammer pants to dry storage.
Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.
Junk King’s red trucks travel to houses around the country to clear homes of clutter while maintaining environmentally safe practices. Friendly haulers give customers a call when they're en route, then cart away anything except hazardous materials, including garden clippings, outmoded furnishings, and cursed Cadillac trunks. The refuse rangers sort through everything they take away, donating what they can to charity, recycling what they can’t, and even sweeping up when the job is done. So far, Junk King has saved 908 tons from entering landfills by striving to recycle more than 60% of what they collect. All appointments are scheduled within two-hour time frames, often with same- or next-day service.
The Yogi Coach’s certified instructor Jeff Phelan guides students through 90-minute group classes that blend techniques from Hatha, Kripalu, and several other yoga styles to create a workout that is both challenging and relaxing. Classes meet Tuesday evenings in tranquil St. Matthews Episcopal Church, while Thursday-night benders meet at 4 Seasons Pilates, flexing together to improve balance and strength with stretches, poses, and full-body demonstrations of the windsor knot. Each class is divided into three sections, starting with a centering to sync the body and mind before shifting into asanas and vinyasas (poses and sequences of poses) that promote strength and flexibility, and winding down with a calming-yet-energizing relaxation. Aside from promoting stress reduction and a sturdy core, classes emphasize meditation and breathing techniques to encourage self-awareness, proper postures, and waking dreams about incredibly focused bagpipers.