All Writers’ Workplace & Workshop's friendly faculty of published writers nurtures aspirant authors of all ages and skill levels with on-site and online classes. Class sizes are kept small (between 8–20) to make sure that everyone gets plenty of one-on-one attention. The Book Writing Workshop ($150) kick-starts ideas for the above-average American novel with 12 weeks of honest feedback from supportive classmates, as well as a line-by-line edit and thematic critique from the instructor. The Wednesday writing workshops ($50) apply the same scrutiny to a more diverse grab bag of short stories, poems, creative nonfiction, and exceptionally gripping Mad Libs.
Molly Maid's dependable and trustworthy grime-gunners are armed with their own professional cleaning products and a grudge against dust. Though many cleaners leave behind the antiseptic scent of bleach and artificial pine, the Molly Maid team uses natural products that won't harm your family, your pets, your family's family of pets, your pet family, or the environment. These gentle yet effective products will get surfaces sparkly clean without damaging furniture finishes or utility surfaces.
With its friendly, knowledgeable staff and a panoply of home-improvement tools and services, Tomchek Ace Hardware ensures handypersons have the gear to grapple with home repairs and DIY projects. Prospective renovators can pick up an Ames True Temper seven-in-one planter buddy, a multipurpose garden tool for troweling, cutting, weeding, and transplanting seedlings ($16.99). Sunwax outdoor furniture wax with UV protection seals up and confers gloss to lackluster adirondacks ($9.49), and an Ace six-piece precision screwdriver set tightens screws on door hinges ($15.49). Adjust leaking pipes and assist Professor Plum in the study with an adjustable crescent wrench ($13.49–$94.99), or revive devices with Duracell AA rechargeable batteries ($12.99). Tomchek Ace Hardware's list of services, ranging from key duplication to custom paint colors, as well as the company's willingness to special-order any product, make the shop a place houses dream about during existential crises.
At Camp Bow Wow, certified doggy counselors supply love, attention, and 24-hour monitoring in 6,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor play areas. Throughout the day, canine campers splash in pools, climb over play equipment, and exchange sniffs, barks, and phone numbers with other furry friends. Camp counselors certified in dog behavior analyze the personality of each guest before placing dogs into one of four playgroups. Meanwhile, live webcams allow owners to check in on pups either online, or via iPhone or Android phones with the Camp Bow Wow mobile app. After a full day of play, campers receive a bath and then retreat to personal cabins complete with a sleeping cot, fleece blanket, campfire treat, and alarm clock that plays the sound of an approaching mailman.
Klinke Cleaners’ dependable service and lasting commitment to the trade hasn’t gone unnoticed. In the last 30 years, they have won a gold medal in Madison Magazine’s Best of Madison category 29 times. However, before founders Maurice and Trudy Klinke had ever conceived of opening a cleaners, they were the proud owners of Klinke Hatchery, which raised more than 125,000 baby chicks a week. Perhaps the smell given off by thousands of chickens inspired them to seek a less malodorous occupation, because in 1958, they opened the first location of Klinke Cleaners.
In its early days, Klinke Cleaners used Econ-O-Crest dry-cleaning machines—early forerunners of modern dry-cleaning machines—but as the business grew, so did its thirst for new technologies. Soon, the company was installing new equipment nearly as quickly as it could be created, including shirt-finishing stands, drapery-pleating machines, and pants leggers, used to set precise creases in slacks. In 2000, the Klinke family began to consider expansion beyond Madison, leading to a rapid period of growth that culminated in 21 locations across southern Wisconsin and one experimental site at the bottom of Lake Michigan. Its EarthSmart Systems dry-cleaning process uses solvents and machines that are less damaging to the environment, as well as reusable garment bags and hangars to help decrease landfill waste. Most locations also offer a speedy turnaround with drive-thru windows and same-day pickup.
Since 1967, Art's Cameras Plus has been a destination not only for cameras but also for photographic knowledge. A staff of helpful employees, all of whom are Certified Photographic Consultants, help shoppers chose the right lens for their photo shoot, the best camera within their budget, or an appropriate filter for photographing draculas. Though not included with this Groupon, occasionally the team at Art's Camera Plus also partners with representatives of major camera companies to offer workshops that cover advanced topics on using Sony, Nikon, or Canon digital SLR cameras.