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.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Philadelphia’s historic cobblestone streets, landmarks, and old buildings can take on an eerie aura in the moonlight, the perfect backdrop for the guides of Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour to tell tales of the city’s dark past. Developed by historical experts at The Constitutional Walking Tour, the Spirits of ’76 Ghost Tour traverses Old City, stopping at more than 20 sites, such as the Physick House, Library Hall, and City Tavern. At these destinations, guides cloaked in black and carrying lanterns share stories that weave together a narrative of both reported hauntings and folklore. They tell tales of ghostly visitors that range from soldiers to historical figures such as John Barry, who constantly tries to explain to people who he was. Strolling past some of the city’s oldest cemeteries and graveyards, tourists may spot out-of-the-ordinary shapes, such as free-floating orbs.
New York Sports Clubs, part of Town Sports International's network of fitness loci, opens up a number of equipment-stocked facilities across New York to exercisers. Strength-training gear, such as circuit machines, free weights, and medicine balls, molds muscles into chiseled depictions of physical might. Sessions on cardio machines, ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to upright and recumbent stationary bicycles, inspire burnt calories to pack up and move to cooler climates. Each club offers a schedule of group classes that draws from more than 100 fitness styles, including Pilates, yoga, and boxing, ensuring that no member has to jazzercise without a spotter. Each location rewards exercisers for sweating in its vicinity with special features such as babysitting, saunas, and steam rooms.
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.