Great Harvest Bread Company’s bakers craft a heart-healthy assortment of whole-grain breads and baked goods using freshly ground flour. Each month, a newly designed menu allows the team to employ the season's freshest ingredients and harvest the warmest loaves from bread-bearing trees, including cinnamon-raisin-walnut swirl, white chocolate cranberry swirl, and Mediterranean olive loaves.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
TLC Child Development Center aims to be a first-class child care facility to provide the next generation of leaders the curriculum and education they need to succeed. Combining that curriculum with an advanced technology program, after school tutoring, and activities like dance, arts and crafts, and foreign language classes
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
What inspired you to start this business?
I was spending a ton on my own wardrobe only to find myself wearing my nice pieces only once. I wanted to save people money while still being on trend and not having to buy online at a discount only to guess whether their piece would fit.
What is your most popular offering? Designer evening gowns and cocktail dresses.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
They feel like Cinderella.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The smile you see when they come out the dressing room and they "Say Yes to the Dress."
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Men have been borrowing tuxedos for years. Everyone feels special when they dress up and deserves to do it a few times a year, even if they host their own dress up party.
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