Executive Exteriors treats walls to fresh color, decks to a darker stain, and exteriors to brand-new vinyl siding. Technicians take great pains to prep surfaces prior to painting, like bulls sharpening their horns before chasing down the Spanish men who named a Chicago sports franchise after them. They lay down drop cloths to protect from errant paint drops and use tape to produce crisp lines. The staff robes walls in multiple coats for an even, consistent color and lends redecorative efforts to commercial properties and fraternity houses.
The handlers at Iowa Reptile Rescue handle reptiles and amphibians with attentive foster care. While their reptilian guests vary, the shelter may house tokay geckos, bearded dragons, and russian tortoises, as well as the occasional orphaned rose-hair tarantula or a velociraptor who's burnt out after years of typecasting. Once animals are deemed ready for reentry into loving homes, the staff adds the animal to their list of current adoptables. To help fund their operation, the Iowa Reptile Rescue team organizes events, such as benefit concerts, and recruits the support of local business sponsors.
Sun Tan City's tanning centers house an armada of bronzing vehicles designed to polish bodies, rain or shine. Tanners can burrow into the belly of any of four levels of tanning beds for 10- to 20-minute bronzing sessions. Fast-level beds slowly steep skin with a solid base tan, and Instant-level beds boldly bronze pelts with a larger ratio of UVA bulbs, coaxing melanin out with paparazzi-like attention and promises of leading roles. VersaSpa sunless, open-air booths airbrush epidermises with a water-soluble plant-based solution that goes on evenly, resists staining clothes, and, unlike rolling around in a puddle of fudge, darkens skin without leaving a sticky residue.
Open 24 hours a day, The Laundry Place conserves customers' time with speedy dry cleaning and attentive wash-and-fold services. After sorting laundry orders into piles of similarly colored items, friendly staffers pretreat stains and bathe clothes in a luxurious lather, which can be customized with a favorite detergent, softener, or smoothie mix-in (a small fee may apply; call the shop for details). One to two days later, duds return to their owners washed, dried, and folded. The dry-cleaning team evicts spots, smells, and wrinkles from a wide variety of garments, including wool suits and silk wedding gowns. Hangers are available for purchase upon request for most services, and coin-operated laundry machines regale guests with ocean sounds and legal advice as they clean T-shirts and sheets.
The experts at LA Weight Loss understand the full breadth of the weight-loss process. Their counselors fuel clients’ drive to lose pounds—from the initial push to the last few difficult pounds—with moral support and custom diet plans that incorporate real, healthy foods instead of frozen dinners or icicle cocktails. In-store counseling helps clients tackle unhealthy habits head-on, and online support and chat rooms are always available to provide encouragement. The program’s metabolism-sparking beverages, lifestyle guides, and multivitamins sail directly to doorsteps faster than an Olympic runner hopped up on soy smoothies. A full palette of healthy recipes are complemented by nutritious meal bars and supplements packed with vitamins and minerals. Meanwhile, food scales, monthly diaries, and a portion-control kit help clients keep track of their eating habits and maintain accountability in their own homes.