LYFE Studios' team knows that pictures and video can be powerful tools, whether for building a business or looking back on cherished memories. They use this media to build web sites, design business cards, and edit TV commercials. Throughout the process, they work closely with clients to build strong brands for their businesses. LYFE Studios' photographers also snap individual and group portraits for folks just looking to hang a fetching family portrait on their wall.
A PADI five-star diving facility, Arlington Scuba Center, Inc. first opened its doors in 1972. Since then, the shop's scuba instructors have helped countless divers obtain PADI open-water certification. The lessons start within the facility's classroom and pool and eventually progress to natural locations, such as the five-story bathtub at Clear Springs Scuba Park, so students can complete dives in real-world conditions. Aside from this standard certification, the staff teaches advanced courses in which students can train for search-and-rescue missions or float above the hull of a sunken ship. Back on dry land, staffers man Arlington Scuba Center's dive shop, where they sell fins, masks, and other equipment from respected brands such as Aqua Lung and Henderson.
Art Smart welcomes students K–12 to develop artistic expression with a multitude of art styles and mediums. Over more than 20 years, founders Gary and Crystal Templin nurtured and educated more than 6,000 pupils, drawing on their experience teaching elementary, high-school, and college courses and illustrating kids' menus for international restaurant franchises. The duo keeps kids engaged with simple, step-by-step instructions, observing as their protégés experiment with realistic and cartoon drawing, painting acrylics on canvas, and sculpting with terra cotta, polymer clay, and lunchbox leftovers. All classes are grouped by age, but the Templins allow more experienced students to advance their skills at their own pace, staving off the ensuing boredom of repeating areas they've covered at Art Smart previously. Parents can register their kids for weekly classes by the month or semester, and can supplement their children's budding creativity with summer day camps and seasonal five-hour workshops.
When hairstylist Shelton Ogle opened his first salon at 21, he quickly realized the secret to maximizing the number of gorgeous haircuts he could render: a well-trained staff. So two years later, he opened his beauty school, Ogle School of Hair, Skin & Nails. Now in its 40th year, the school leverages its accrued experience and knowledge to teach aesthetic arts ranging from skincare to hair coloring. In the school’s salons, students practice on the public, cutting hair into elegant, customized shapes, texturizing strands with relaxers and perms, and highlighting nails with manicures, rather than with rings with built-in strobe lights. A testament to Shelton’s success in building his vision, he was even able to develop a weekly show for PBS about the beauty industry.
An onsite team of level-three cell-phone repair technicians draw on their experience at major manufacturers, such as Nokia and Samsung, when solving tablet or touchscreen problems. With a list of services longer than the Hulk's criminal record, the phone pros perform same-day treatments when possible on gadgets ranging from phones to laptops. They repair gizmos from brands such as Apple, BlackBerry, and HTC, and their wrenches have no fear of malfunctioning game consoles. To ensure peace of mind, the techs provide a 60-day warranty on parts, labor, and sudden sentience.
At Soulflame Pottery, artists and devoted clay enthusiasts Roy Odom and Cindi Wills impart their passions for the craft by way of pottery classes and creations of their own. Open to anyone aged 10 and older, the facility keeps its classes small and intimate. That scaled-down design allows for plenty of one-on-one instruction, and enables students to explore both hand-building and wheel-throwing methods while working on custom projects. Roy and Cindi's own pieces include carved porcelain, sculptures, and functional items, such as serving bowls and a time-out chair for unruly students.