Classic Cleaning Services' trained staff makes dirt and stains evaporate in a cloud of nontoxic cleaning chemicals. Three-bedroom homes undergo a carpet makeover in a process that can take around one hour. Fuzzy floors within four-bedroom, two-story houses take on the look of cutting-edge cloth bowling alleys during a treatment of approximately 90 minutes. Carpets breathe easily beneath the safe cleaning chemicals used in the truck-mounted steaming process, ensuring that floors don't faint and fall into the basement. Regular cleaning of carpets not only improves their appearance, but can also extend their lifetimes.
In 1898—the same year Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium and composer George Gershwin was born—the Wyman Center opened its doors. Founded in St. Louis by a group of citizens intent upon granting the city’s children a respite from the often sweltering tenements, the organization’s first programs were designed to furnish participants with fresh air, healthy food, and fun-filled outdoor activities. Though the world has changed radically since the Wyman Center’s inception, it continues to uphold and expand upon its founders' original mission of providing teens from disadvantaged circumstances with opportunities, support, and educational programs.
Today, powered by a dedicated staff of community leaders and volunteers, the Wyman Center’s numerous initiatives revolve around leadership and outreach programs. Amidst 250 acres of sylvan land, the Eureka campus serves as a base for outdoor education programs available to a variety of organizations from educational camps to team building retreats. Under the watchful eyes of supportive staffers and any fruit bats flying overhead, outdoor adventurers can tackle challenges afforded by ziplines, climbing walls, and orienteering activities. Along with skill-building programs, a variety of getaway packages invite groups to revel in the alfresco amenities of the Eureka campus while celebrating birthdays, weddings, or family reunions.
Meatballs, marsala wine steak sauce, flatbread for bruschetta—Rizzo's Bar & Grill's culinary team crafts these in-house. In fact, they cook virtually all the dishes on the eatery's extensive menu according to recipes they claim have been passed down through generations. Spicy sausage adds fire to spaghetti and meat sauce, and three cheeses intertwine to enrich the sauce immersing penne noodles. To entertain diners, live bands provide background music on Friday and Saturday nights. Otherwise, the restaurant maintains a generally quiet ambience, like a courtroom after the judge proclaims "I've been the defendant the entire time."
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote healthy weight management, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle toning. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Founder and owner of Crossfit St. Charles, Kim Wilkes, leads a task force of experienced, certified coaches in calibrating athletic, healthy bodies during one-hour strength-training and conditioning classes. CrossFit helps fitness-seekers tone and build muscles and amplify endurance through exercises that involve power-lifting, cardio routines, kettlebells, and bench-pressing characters from Transformers. Gymnastics-inspired movements, such as handstand push-ups and ring-dipping muscle-ups, challenge athletes to stretch bodies to their threshold in a manner not often offered at traditional gyms. Limited class-sizes allow each trainee to receive individualized attention from coaches and count fellow participants with the fingers on their two hands or the two hands of someone else. The trainers at Crossfit St. Charles also impart nutritional knowledge by providing pupils with advice on how to properly energize bodies. Morning and evening classes populate the gym's schedule to accommodate both A and B personalities.
For more than 20 years, Hot Shotz Mobile Power Wash has blasted dirt from homes and commercial spaces. Trained and insured technicians use biodegradable, nonhazardous cleaning solutions to restore sidewalks, home façades, fences, decks, and concrete to their original shade. They deploy to clients' homes seven days a week at any hour.