Featured in the October 2009 issue of Drycleaner News, Express Clean caters to time-challenged clothes wearers with dry-cleaning services and home or office pickup and delivery (a delivery charge of $0.75 applies to all orders). Rid pants ($5.35) and shirts ($1.65) of a daily detritus of dirt, or cleanse a week's worth of blouses ($5.35), dresses ($9.75), and suits ($9.75–$12.75). With experienced pressers, a tailor, and a shoe repair professional on staff, Express Clean can alleviate issues facing an assortment of apparel, hemming pants ($12+), replacing heels ($12–$18), and delicately de-soiling leather, suede, and fur ($15+). In addition to caring for clothes, Express Clean also liberates blankets ($15–$20), comforters ($22–$28), and down comforters ($30–$45) from a variety of bedtime snacks. Express Clean owns and operates its cleaning plant, ensuring the protection of all patrons’ property. After pickup, all items are pampered and then returned within three business days. All waste from the plant is handled responsibly according to strict government regulations and Express Clean backs all services with a no-fuss satisfaction guarantee, promising freshly scented wardrobes to benefit individuals, families, and the sensitive olfactory organs of wire-hangers and bureau drawers.
Styledelphia owner Jessica Saint is a former model and modeling director who doles out a wealth of fashion-industry insight accrued during 10 years in the business. Now, along with a team of instructors and photographers, Jessica leads classes that show how hair, makeup, and wardrobe can mesh with one’s personal interests, career goals, and affinity for jumping out of moving cars. More niche classroom sessions, such as body-painting, vintage-hairstyling, and stage-makeup workshops, round out a creative-minded curriculum. Styledelphia’s expertise in retro styles adds realness to the studio’s boudoir-photography branch, which takes clients to shoot photos at old-timey locales such as Darling’s Diner and the hospital room where the Liberty Bell was born.
Call Me Cupcake mobilizes muffins' sweeter sibling, taxiing tasty treats to the frosting-deprived. Founder Dave Dilks rescued a former postal truck from a dessertless retirement, driving it 950 miles home so he could deliver fresh, locally baked, gourmet cupcakes ($2.50+) from the brightly colored pastry wagon. Year-round flavors come in chocolate, carrot, and red-velvet deluxe, while seasonal stylings pay homage to the tilt of the earth's axis.
WXPN is a noncommercial member-supported radio station that serenades listeners with a blend of thoughtfully curated music and informative NPR programming. Enjoy the fresh karmic glow that accompanies helping this top-quality station thrive, as well as access to concert-ticket specials, exclusive concerts and dance parties, free gifts, XPN’s members-only e-newsletter, and reams of discounts at nearby businesses. Members also get first crack at tickets to XPN’s Free At Noon weekly-concert series, special access to performers at XPN’s annual XPoNential Music Festival, notice of free movie screenings, and the opportunity to advance their careers by broadcasting subliminal messages over the airways. Both membership levels can groove to a free springtime-sampler CD, and the $144-level members also get a copy of XPN’s Live at the World Cafe Volume 31 CD, which showcases the musical stylings of Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, Best Coast, Jukebox the Ghost, and more.
As the only professional coed team sport in the continental United States, Alaska, and Hawaii, World TeamTennis provides tennis enthusiasts with an adventurous approach to match play. A single match consists of two teams made up of high-ranking men's and women's professionals. These four-player teams (two men and two women) battle one another across a five-set gauntlet—the one-on-one onslaught of men's and women's singles, the low-five-laden lusciousness of men's and women's doubles, and the gender-juxtaposed jubilation of mixed doubles. Whoever wins the majority takes home bragging rights and, possibly, temporary immortality. This year's Philadelphia Freedoms roster features fast-serving superstar Andy Roddick alongside pros such as Ramon Delgado and Courtney Nagle.
Daralyse Lyons, founder of Emotional Yoga, knows the recovery powers of yoga firsthand. After struggling for years with an eating disorder, anxiety, and OCD, she began practicing yoga to help release some of her emotional pain and trauma. But yoga alone wasn't enough—it helped her recognize the pain, but not release it. So she combined her yogic work with the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an emotional acupressure method developed by Gary Craig. EFT helps unblock negative energy through talk therapy and pressure-point tapping. With the joint help of yoga and EFT, she had a healing breakthrough. Today, she shares the benefits of what she's experienced with students at Emotional Yoga. Students can opt for private, couples, and group sessions—both for emotional yoga and yoga sessions.