Award-winning Akron Life Magazine regales its more than 15,000 subscribers with colorful pictures, helpful lifestyle tips, and fun, engaging guides to the thriving arts scene of Summit, Portage, Medina, and Stark Counties. Gastrophiles flip through the Food & Dining section for reviews of up-and-coming hot spots or hidden culinary gems. Arts & Entertainment coverage livens up cultural calendars with band interviews, information about upcoming plays, and instructions for turning back issues into a pair of opera glasses. Bright, color-saturated photos of the Akron region's happy residents and fill the Beauty & Wellness and Home & Garden sections, which also clue in readers with tips on how to keep their bodies in shape and their backyards bristling with verdant plants.
After graduating with a degree in digital design, Ian Holmes took the natural next step of working as a graphic artist at a photography studio. As time went on, he began to realize he didn't want just to tinker with images during postproduction—he wanted to be the one to capture them with a click of the shutter. In 2011, Ian opened Anchor Photography Studio, a full-service studio dedicated to his quirky, modern style, which often incorporates romantic silhouettes, long-exposure motion shots, and high-concept shoots of kids and high-school seniors that depict superheroes and surreal scenes. Capturing both posed and candid shots from a variety of angles, Ian stages in-studio shoots or hauls his equipment to local parks, city streets, and weddings. His training as a graphic artist and his robotic third arm help him excel in editing and customization, using the Adobe Creative Suite of software to play with color contrast or create simple black-and-white images.
All Fired Up!'s homey studio invites artists of all ages to participate in kiln-fired activities. Whether perusing the shelves laden with blank pottery or cutting and arranging colored glass to design their own plate, visitors get the chance to create personalized mementos and dishware. Classes let students try their hands at a pottery wheel, and kids' parties keep birthday guests distracted with painting while their parents wrap last-minute gifts.
The manicurists at Gilmore's Nail Salon groom cuticles and shape nails before artfully applying coats of colorful polish to fingers and toes. Their shelves are stocked with a vibrant array of traditional and gel polishes, which resist chips from zippers, keys, and woodpeckers for up to two weeks.
With Mixbook's photo-book services, you can instantly upload your treasured pictures and customize each with the easy-to-use Mixbook editor. Use the editor to crop photos, add text, and rotate any pictures, allowing you to convince friends you met Adam West while hanging upside-down in his master bedroom. Clients can then choose from several different types of printed books, such as the 8"x6" softcover pocket landscape ($11.99 for 20 pages) or the 14"x11" hardcover coffee-table book ($49.99 for 20 pages), ideal for stirring up jealousy in bookless coffee tables. Mixbook uses archival-quality silk paper to ensure that sentimental snapshots have a glossy look and feel. Capture the moment the bride said "I do" with a professional-quality wedding picture book, or encapsulate baby's first word—"mitochondria"—with a baby memory book.