Boudoir photography by Wriser and Associates is truly a custom affair. To ensure clients feel completely at ease, Wriser's photographers construct photo shoots either onsite or in the comfort of the client's own home. They also encourage subjects to express themselves by bringing in their own props, be it a guitar, sports jersey, or an oversized pair of Groucho glasses. After the photo shoot, a professional retoucher edits images to transform them into finished works of art using the same techniques as the magazines.
Orbs of freshly made dough chug along the lustrous metallic conveyor belts of Marquez Bakery and Tortilla Factory's enormous tortilla-making mechanism, polka-dotting the chainlink pathways as they're flattened, baked, and morphed into the eatery's trademark fare. The chefs at the family bakery load the disks with traditional Mexican meats, such as chorizo and chicharrón, by hand, whisper "goodbye" to each morsel, and send them off to catered events or the onsite restaurant. They also sate sweet teeth with meticulously constructed custom cakes, harking back to founder Jose Marquez's legacy of selling donuts, pies, and sweet bread from his own home.
The art connoisseurs at Creative Hands guide patrons of all ages through the artistic process with a cache of ready-to-paint plaster and ceramic items. Equipped with provided paints and glazes, budding Picassos can transform bare figurines, plates, bowls, and goblets into masterpieces as personalized as the Mona Lisa's thumbprint. Guests can tote away freshly decorated plaster pieces after a 30- to 45-minute glazing-and-drying process or enlist the warming powers of a kiln to seal in a ceramic creation's luster and then pick up the fired work of art a week later. Creative Hands' roomy studio fosters a suitable space for large groups or birthday parties and houses a ladies' night on the first Thursday of every month.
Ethel of Alterations and Custom Designs has more than four decades of experience in all pleats and plackets of garment construction, adept at manipulating bodily upholstery to fit properly and highlight the wearer's finest features. Customers can have a pair of jeans hemmed ($8) or tapered ($12–$15) with the possibility of same-day turnaround. A shortened sleeve ($16) on a suit starts job interviews off on the right note, ensuring the interviewer shakes a hand and not the worsted pelt of a sheep, and added pant cuffs ($12) lend an air of sophistication. Brides attended by a bridal party of three or more receive an additional 10% off alterations covering hems ($50–$200+, depending on gown complexity) and bustles ($10/hook) for the wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, or groom's traditional hoopskirt.