Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
Thermax Carpet Care’s Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification–certified technicians begin every carpet-cleaning job by removing loose debris and passing it though a water-filtration system that cleans, removes odor, and purifies the air. Then, with the help of truck-mounted steam extraction systems, they attack entrenched dust mites and allergens without the use of harmful chemicals.
In addition to its staff-administered services, Thermax also rents out easy-to-use, professional-grade equipment for cleaning home carpets or welcome mats within an alien spacecraft.
For the past decade, Rub-a-Dub Dog’s groomer Andra Holmstrom has given cats and dogs spa treatments in the comfort of their own homes. She brings a fully loaded grooming van to domiciles or businesses to trim and fluff pets’ coats, making them nearly unrecognizable from the scruffy images on their drivers’ licenses. In addition to standard nail trimming and ear cleaning, Andra also lathers up canine pelts with specialty shampoos, brushes teeth, and staves off shedding with FurMinator treatments.
The shutterbug duo of Sweet Action Photography likes to keep all photo sessions light and fun. That way, clients loosen up and let their personalities shine through during portrait shoots for families, couples, kids, and newborns. While the mood is laid-back, the photographers come to each session with a photojournalistic approach, professionally capturing those personalities, emotions, and moments in crisply composed images. Weddings and special events such as military balls are also within their vast scope of skills.
Armed with more than 20 years of cleaning and restoration experience, Tyson, the owner of Sam's Carpet Care, commands a dedicated crew of trained carpet technicians. In the premium carpet treatment, which lasts one to three hours, cleaners bathe up to 450 square feet of furniture-free space in a pretreatment solution before tending to spotted stains left by sippy cups that haven't been housebroken. Next, a powerful, truck-mounted hot-water-extraction system scrubs down threads and vacuums out the soap, leaving behind a bright, newly groomed carpet. Sam's Carpet Care's technicians will relocate any obstructive furniture or squatting college buddies from the cleaning area and replace them after the treatment. Clients can upgrade either option to cover more square footage for an additional fee. Today's deal doesn't expire until May 31, 2012, making it a good holiday gift idea.
With the rise of environmental illnesses and cancers in recent years, Dr. Thomas Taylor and his staff at Alaska Healing Touch have a healthy distrust of chemicals. That's why virtually everything that might touch clients' skin during their massage or chiropractic evaluation is chemical free and organic. Organic, food-grade massage oils come completely free of allergens and fragrance, as do the soft, organic sheets—which have been cleaned in a facility equally devoid of chemical fragrances and detergents. Dr. Taylor's massage expertise is treating auto- and work-related injuries.