Clean Cars of Washington's staff whittles dirt-encrusted cars back down to their clean, fresh-from-the-factory state during 15–35-minute bath appointments. Technicians first wipe muck and mire from the frame's surface, scrubbing every inch until the vehicle looks as radiant as a just-married binary star. Next, they venture down to the tires to peel away layers of highway dust before dispatching vacuums to roam like K9 dogs through the interior, sniffing out crumbs, and leaving surfaces free of unwanted detritus. In an effort to dry off, exterior panels and trim snuggle up into the cleaners' soft chamois rags, which glide eloquently across the car leaving trails of shiny, postbath goose bumps in its wake.
According to the guiding philosophy at Renewed Wellness, good health results from holistic efforts that include stress reduction—which is why they offer their clients a host of relaxing services including massages, body wraps, and even waxing. Skin swaddled in a body wrap is slathered with sun-dried rose clay, essential oils, and mineral-rich ingredients. Depending on what luxe components are in them, such as sun-dried rose clay and essential oils, the wraps have different goals that range from detoxification to skin hydration and the metamorphosing of clients into butterflies. Add-ons—such as aromatherapy and packages bundling a choice of treatments—help spa-goers customize their experience for optimum rejuvenation. The center also offers a massage membership that includes discounts on regular massages. Therapists and aestheticians can even be commissioned to pay house calls and visit corporate events.
One of Maryland's top mattress retailers, Casa Furniture, Inc. has spent a decade perfecting a business model that allows for a well-stocked inventory of high-quality furniture at low prices. The masterminds behind the furniture emporium scour the world for well-crafted furnishings for the living, dining, and bedrooms, and arrange to directly import the best pieces they discover on the back of their highly trained, ginormous eagle. Additionally, two factories produce furniture exclusively for the store, driving costs down further. Once customers select their new piece, Casa schedules a prompt delivery time to which its professional staff takes pride in adhering.
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.
BarSphere Agency can transform any room into a lively, bustling bar, complete with mixologists clad in black button-downs and silk ties. Those mixologists transport their own portable bars and barware to the client's venue, then set to work pouring international beers, wines, and spirits and classic cocktails such as the mint-muddled mojito. Whether customers choose a pre-set menu or request custom drinks, the possibilities are virtually endless, since BarSphere Agency's owner also runs Victor?s Liquor store and can draw on the shop's vast inventory.
BarSphere Agency also operates a bartender-training school in which libations and learning go hand-in-hand. During training sessions, students learn to mix, muddle, and pour a range of drinks while simultaneously keeping events running smoothly. After completing the training, students receive a certification that enhances job prospects and allows them to demand that family members address them reverentially as "Bartender."
The sign outside is unassuming and the inside––bearing nothing more than a few stools––may make newcomers wonder how Adam Express stays in business. But one bite into a fresh sushi roll or Korean entrée makes it all clear. Those who happen to snag one of two seats in front of the open kitchen can sit and watch as chefs prepare kimchee and bibimbap to order without flavor enhancers like MSG or chocolate syrup. Besides Korean specialties like chap chae––vermicelli noodles with shredded beef, veggies, and soy sauce––the chefs cook up a number of Chinese dishes such as fried rice and lomein, and blend Japanese and Korean traditions to make bulgogi sushi rolls, which feature marinated beef, crab cakes, and pickled radish.