The Fire combats artistic snobbery with an all-inclusive array of creative building blocks. Inside the studio’s downtown location, rows of paints and unfinished ceramic pieces line countertops, and an old-fashioned television set leisurely recounts its favorite Lone Ranger episodes. Large work surfaces and a play place for kids ensure that both children and adults have room to take creative risks. Cavalier creators can paint pottery, craft mosaics, or cobble together a transparent 10-gallon hat with glass fusing (the average project is between $10.99 and $25.99). Pottery painters select their objects from a selection of plates, platters, and other decorative items, then begin painting with the help of a color consultant.
Member of the American Society of Photographers, Tracy Van Zeeland draws upon 16 years' worth of camera-wielding wisdom to capture classic snapshots in a fun and casual atmosphere. The photog passes the one-hour session patiently clicking away as children relax and play, producing prints that ensnare the saplings' innate sweetness while sidestepping temper tantrums prompted by puppets speaking ill of that big shot Big Bird. Customers can choose one outfit and one backdrop, so suit up a squirt in their Sunday best and settle them on a white wicker chair, or maroon babes dressed as cubs on a desert island in their sea faring finery. Directly after the film frenzy, pintsize patrons and their parents peruse a deluge of digital prints on a big-screen TV to select the snapshot for their color 8"x10" print, ready in two weeks. Multitudinous clans can have up to three snapshot subjects, with an additional $5 per each child. Tracy also conquers newborn and family portraits, senior pictures, and more.
A 501(c)(6) professional organization in Appleton, WI, Valley Home Builders Association (VHBA) consists of more than 600 member companies associated with the residential construction industry. VHBA coordinates the annual Parade of Homes & Condos, Winter Wonderland of Homes and VHBA Home Expo & Parade of Remodeled Homes.
Within the sunny shelter of a sprawling greenhouse, clusters of potted perennials and annuals flourish beneath hundreds of hanging flowers. Seasoned growers have nurtured these buds into bloom in the Fox Valley climate, which means plants are already acclimated to the weather, growing environment, and particularly snarky bumblebee gossip of the local area.
To help customers navigate the vast stock, staff enhance the plant displays with growing tips. If budding green thumbs require additional guidance, growers on staff happily hunt down plants and flowers suited for their particular plot.
The technicians at Appleton Lawn Care Services are equipped to handle all aspects of residential and commercial lawn maintenance. Crews perform regularly scheduled services—such as mowing and fertilizing—as well as seasonal tasks that include leaf cleanups, snow removal, and post-Halloween ghostbusting. To nourish lawns, they use Duration CR fertilizers. A single application diffuses gradually into the soil to feed grass for six or more months, and uses up to 40% less nitrogen than traditional fertilizers.