Since kicking off its online app, Washio has raked in some impressive plaudits. Entrepreneur named Washio one of "100 Brilliant Companies" in 2013. Forbes also highlighted the company as one of "five great startups." The praise is mostly thanks to the company's easy-to-use app, which allows customers to schedule pick-up and drop-off dry-cleaning and laundry services like other apps let them schedule cab rides. Over the Internet, iPhone, or Android, customers simply select a 30-minute window for pickup. Then, they just fill up a reusable bag with their dry cleaning and wait for Washio's staffers, affectionately named ninjas, to arrive. The ninjas—who bring along a complimentary cookie for good measure—whisk clothing, blankets, and other items away and return them fresh and clean 24 hours later. Washio automatically charges the customer's credit card after this delivery, freeing folks from having to carry cash, give a tip, or figure out how much one bag of laundry costs in hen's eggs.
At the cleaning location itself, staffers employ eco-friendly practices and cleaners free from harsh chemicals for premium dry-cleaning services. Just like real ninjas, Washio's staffers also accept special instructions for handling.
For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries. The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn pack-and-ship guarantee.
Located within the gates of Yosemite National Park, Yosemite’s Scenic Wonders offers condos and cabin rentals that provide a convenient, restful retreat after days of outdoor recreation. Each condo is equipped with a full kitchenette, private bathroom, TV, VCR with a videotape library, propane fireplace, and private outdoor deck. Each studio condo has a Murphy bed and queen-size sleeper sofa, and loft condos span two levels, with an open-air living room and two bathrooms. Cabins, meanwhile, grant all the comforts of home with spacious, furnished living rooms equipped with toasty fireplaces; full kitchens and dining areas; and private decks that often feature jacuzzis, barbecues, or neighbors from home who smuggled themselves along.
The Badger Pass Ski Area is only a short drive or a long crawl away from the rental properties. Here, you can ski 10 downhill runs across 90 acres or explore the woodlands on cross-country ski trails.
A row of brown aprons lines the seafoam green wall in the kitchen at Give Me Some Sugar. Students wrap themselves in these aprons in preparation for lessons taught by seasoned chef instructors. In basic classes, students squeeze piping bags filled with fresh buttercream to adorn pre-made cakes with rosettes, shells, and blueprints of perpetual-motion machines. Specialty classes show students how to work with specific ingredients, such as fondant classes in which participants cut out shapes and letters, or cake ball classes in which students learn to decorate round shapes with sprinkles and candy and how to pump basketballs full of cake. Students age 8 and up of almost any skill level can find a class that fits and don't have to worry about procuring their own icing bags or aprons, because the studio provides all needed supplies. Staff members will also ensure gluten-free or vegan supplies are on hand with prior arrangement.
Each year since 1991, the event-planning experts behind Festival of Brides have orchestrated upscale bridal shows throughout southern California. At each venue—recent shows have taken place at the Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills, Montage Laguna Beach, and Montage Beverly Hills—the organization's Rolodex of wedding vendors set up shop to show off their goods and services. All festivals feature the latest in bridal fashions and men's formal wear while DJs and musicians supply a sampling of their musical know-how. Speaking of samples, brides-to-be can nibble on wedding cakes and sip flutes of champagne as they peruse the rest of the bridal offerings.
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