In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Since 1989, Curtis-E Carpet Cleaning's licensed and certified fleet of carpet caretakers has been attacking grime with steam baths that leave homes free of pollutants and dust. Today, the cleaners gussy-up approximately 10 million square feet of carpet each year. Their trained technicians defeat dirt using top-grade equipment including a large fleet of vans installed with high-efficiency mounted extraction units. The team specializes in commercial and residential carpet cleaning, scrubbing every inch of rug-covered space including hallways, staircases, and carpet-lined bathtubs. They can also provide special treatment for sullied floor coverings such as spot removal, wax removal, seam and burn repairs, and water-damage recovery.
As a Napa AutoCare Center, 3G's Automotive upholds a high standard of quality and follows a strict code of ethics while repairing and maintaining autos. Owner Brian Wiggs, a GM- and ASE-certified technician with more than 20 years of experience, tunes up cars of all makes and models with Napa parts. He also keeps motors in top form with a glut of services, including with inspections, oil changes, engine and transmission repair, and relaxing Swedish auto massages.
Best in Class Education Center's instructors help students pre-K through high school improve their academic prowess. They calibrate small-group and private math and English lessons that push each student at an individualized pace, helping struggling students catch up to speed or edifying advanced pupils seeking more of a challenge. The tutors give homework assignments for the kids to work on throughout the week, as well as administer weekly tests to assess their progress.
In addition to boosting success in current classes, the staff helps older students ready themselves for post-secondary schooling with SAT prep classes and college admission workshops, which help applicants decide on the right place, craft an impressive personal statement, and shimmy into their dream school's mascot costume before campus visits.
With America's Best Car Care Plan, ASE-certified technicians keep autos running smoothly by injecting car insides with up to 5 quarts of clean conventional oil (upgrades to synthetic require additional charges) and performing a host of auto-maintenance services. Brake inspections and adjustments grant drivers the peace of mind that cars are safe and equipped for inclement weather and duck-crossing signs that come out of nowhere. Two tire rotations ensure automotive equilibrium can find long-lasting balance and tire grooves wear evenly.
A table has many uses. It's great for a family dinner, board games, and has awesome acoustics for a group tap dance. At Soma Massage, tables are ergonomically crafted to complement an impressive menu of therapeutic bodywork. The facility's licensed massage therapists are educated in modalities such as deep-tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point massage to tailor sessions to the needs of the individual such as chronic pain relief. Guests may also pair kneading with add-ons such as reflexology and soothing aromatherapy.