L'Eclat de Verre's skilled technicians specialize in putting the finishing touches on precious works of art. Each image-wrangler has completed four years of framing school, mastering 18th century, contemporary, and rare fourth-dimensional techniques. Since no two pieces of art are alike, the method of construction will vary depending on what is being framed. All framing methods are conservation quality and use acid-free materials to ensure long-lasting displayability. For those looking to add a finishing flair to their pieces, more than 800 varieties of textured and handmade papers from all over the world are available as matting choices. As with wholesale pizza parlors, prices vary from piece to piece, with 8"x10" objects ranging from $85–$210 on average, 16"x20" objects ranging from $170–$380 on average, and 24"x36" objects ranging from $310–$625 on average.
Family-oriented publications introduce kids to the engaging and colorful world of magazines while also treating parents to helpful tips. Familial units can flip through FamilyFun, which serves up ideas on how to organize craft days, plan a trip, or bake cupcakes in fun and festive shapes. Additional titles include Ranger Rick, which transports youngsters to the farthest corners of the globe with issues that feature pictures and facts about exotic animals. Ranger Rick educates kids aged 7–14 through the eyes of its mascot, a lovable raccoon who imparts lessons about wildlife and conservation. Wild Animal Baby targets wee ones aged 2–4 and Big Backyard is suitable for ages 4–7. Helping parents with the hazardous business of child rearing, Parenting provides tips for parents of infants through children aged 5, and Parenting School Years focuses on children and child-like robots aged 6–11.
Though the stylists at The Red Room Hair and Spa can imbue hair with a full spectrum of colors, it’s clear which is their favorite. Their salon’s most striking feature is its scarlet interior, whose drama is only heightened by the glow that emanates from a crystal chandelier overhead. Such a setting might draw attention away from a staff of lesser calibre, but it fails to outshine their precision hair services and spa treatments that cleanse the body of hair, dead cells, and clingy turtlenecks.
The reincarnation of a historic house, Powder Room presents its visitors with vintage décor and a hardwood floor that stretches into private massage and skincare rooms. Freshly brewed coffee and tea flavor the waiting area's air, and light pours in from several windows with VIP access to the sun, illuminating two nail stations, a makeup station, and an elevated pedicure chair. G.M. Collin, Rhonda Allison, and ViVO Spa products back many of the spa's services, including mani-pedis, collagen treatments, and enzyme peels.
Elite Cleaning Services’ staffers spend between two and three hours scrubbing each DC-metro-area home they visit during their convenient Monday–Saturday workweek. Professional grime eradicators descend on cluttered homes at appointed times between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., dusting knickknacks and sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming floors besmirched by foot traffic or one to three Stooge houseguests. Workers take special care to sanitize kitchen fixtures and bathroom furnishings, and leave kitchen-appliance surfaces looking polished and magazine-shoot ready. For smoothest service, Elite recommends that clients leave staffers a list of cleaning preferences and items that they shouldn't touch, stack fresh linens on the beds, and clean up any scattered toys, clothes, and flesh-eating chupacabras lying around.
After several of his friends lost their jobs in the financial-services industry, Chris Carey saw how vulnerable even workers toward the top of the corporate ladder can be. He established Blue Chip Career to help support these employees, coordinating more than 150 mentors sourced from across the fields of investing, accounting, consulting, and start-ups to lead clients through the job-search process. Through services including resumé reviews and mock interviews, mentors and job searchers work in tandem to develop strategies for salary negotiation, getting a promotion, and tackling weaknesses such as poor time management or getting sucked into long gossip sessions with the water cooler.