Orlando Aviles was never a big shutterbug until he met his fiancé, Ana, an avid documenter of family events. Her passion was contagious, and soon Orlando found himself behind the lens, snapping shots for his own company, Owando Photography. He specializes in portraits of other engaged couples, which he conducts at each pair's favorite location. Those sessions result in slideshows, prints, and a DVD with more than 80 images of the soon-to-be newlyweds. Orlando also lends his photographic talent to special events as well as individual and family portraits.
“Dry-clean only.” These words on a garment tag can make people pretty nervous, resulting in hundreds of neglected sweaters, slacks, and dresses. Around the Block Cleaners confronts this issue head-on by offering free after-hours pickup and delivery for its dry-cleaning, alteration, and laundry services. Without the hassle of working around narrow business hours, customers can also drop their garments off themselves, which is an ideal solution for people whose commutes take them by the family-owned shop or who have a debilitating fear of deliverymen.
Paul Granese cut his professional teeth as a newspaper photographer, spending long nights in the darkroom honing his understanding of what makes a photo stand out. More than 30 years after snapping his first shot, Paul now uses his camera-taming powers to capture indelible images for clients at Paul Granese Photography. When it comes to his current work, the galleries speak for themselves; in his online showplace, clients can browse images ranging from high fashion to portrait work.
After 95 years of business, Crown City Hardware has established itself as a beacon of high-quality hardware goods, offering more than 100,000 items and cultivating professional relationships with more than 600 suppliers. Perusing the general department preps homeowners for everyday household projects with Gorilla Glue Super Glue ($3.69), paintbrushes ($0.39+), and WD-40 ($7.79). Meanwhile, the builders' section at the store's back counter houses a host of popular reproductions and exclusive restoration hardware, including solid forged brass handrail brackets ($33.99), which offers stair-climbers support and stability, and Jeffersonian rain gauges ($189.99), which can measure the rainfall in backyards or the number of tears you’ve cried since Firefly was cancelled.
The women who own and operate Valentine Studios specialize in capturing each woman's unique beauty on both color and black-and-white film. Professional makeup artists enhance facial features before Meg Pasetta, a shutterbug with a graduate degree from Brooks Institute of Photography, snaps photos. The 2,000-square-foot studio has multiple backdrops, allowing Pasetta and her subjects to create images with different styles and moods.
True to their shop’s name, Round the Clock Cleaners’ clothes cleansers de-grime soiled wardrobes seven days a week. Each pass comes loaded with $25 of dry-cleaning services per visit, helping clients primp their pants ($5.25), skirts ($4.50), sports jackets ($6.50), and adult-sized hot-dog costumes with a professional dirt expunging. In addition to gussying up dirty clothing, the shop also exorcises stains from select household linens, such as sleeping bags and comforters, with prices varying by item.