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.
Beyond providing an opportunity for friendly competition and social interaction throughout the Denver area, the organizers of Denver Bocce League only have one mission: help players have fun. During each season, teams of up to 12 players compete in lighthearted bouts of the classic Italian game, which unlike other sports, requires little to no experience, physical exertion, or physics PhDs to master. After each game, teams can head to local bars for exclusive drink specials, and a variety of prizes await the victor of each season's playoffs.
Seeing that DC’s professional community was in need of organized, after-work events where relaxed socializing and networking could transpire, Michael Karlan founded Professionals in the City as a unique way of uniting the community through newly forged romantic and business connections. His company's rapid-fire approach to building rapports was recently featured on the Today Show, due to its ability to quickly connect its 200,000 members at more than 1,000 events. Appropriate for singles, the romantically attached, or those accidentally attached by Velcro, the events range from intimate happy hours and theme parties to teeming galas and tours.
Speed-dating sessions move at a brisk clip in DC's most buzz-worthy bars and restaurants, where professionals are sequestered into congruous categories according to age, religious inclination, and sneaker-brand preference. Ideal for out-of-towners or patrons with first-date jitters, swift dialogue offers the chance to bypass awkward moments, and within 48 hours after events, an online-dating system connects pairs that clicked. Along with speed events, Professionals in the City also hosts outdoorsy outings, speed networking events, and a dating-centric lecture series to keep its members active, connected, and well-informed.
StyleTryst.com brandishes a pulchritudinous parade of brand-name, high-end jewelry, scarves, handbags, and more. Grab a pair of gold-plated hoop earrings from Gorjana ($44) as adornments for lackluster lobes or props for flea circuses. A large feather row cuff from House of Harlow 1960 ($98) combines soft, natural details with sturdy metal, while a Jane charm set from Rachel Leigh ($48) replicates the whimsy of childhood with sophisticated 14-karat gold. Ray-Ban sunglasses ($149+) protect eyeballs from excess sunlight, UV rays, and ice rays that freeze victims on contact, and hair accessories from Monalda4 and Rachel Leigh ($25–$48) keep coiffures trendy and stylish.
Yogi Castle brandishes the Live & Active Cultures seal from the National Yogurt Association, assuring spoons that the dessert is populated with active cultures that may bolster immune and digestive systems and encourage weight loss. Dispensers sculpt cool towers in 14 flavors of kosher-certified frozen yogurt ($0.49/oz.), including offerings infused with essences of New York–style cheesecake, Heath toffee, Euro tart, and Abe Lincoln's birthday cake. Dessert chalices overflow with more than 40 toppings, including crunchy granola, cookie dough, fresh fruit, and gummy bears. Smoothies ($4.95–$5.95) meld the vitamin-packed sweetness of fruit with fortifying add-ons ($0.75 each), such as whey-protein isolate. The Forbidden Fruit smoothie blends an exotic mix of pink and white guava with passionfruit, and Red Apple Orchard bursts through straws to remind sippers to pick up scarecrows from daycare.
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.