Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Stretched out along the western banks of Silver Lake, a gauntlet of bent-grass fairways leads players along a path that presents challenging play and picturesque views of the water. Though play never wanders close enough to Silver Lake proper to render it a hazard, multiple ponds enter play on several holes. The course adds additional challenges with undulating terrain, tall evergreens that line the fairways, and strategically placed sand traps that double as tanning beaches for displaced tourists.
Adjacent to the course, golfers can find respite at The Club restaurant, which offers a menu of classic American dishes to be enjoyed in a dining room with views of Silver Lake.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,012 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 69 from the back tees * Course slope of 119 from the back tees
Colorful glass shards sparkle in the light that streams through tall windows into OATKA School of Glass & Glass Studio's restored 19th-century warehouse space. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Lance and Amanda Taylor, OATKA hosts workshops in which students assemble mosaics, work on metal enameling, and perfect glass fusion panels under the supervision of the Taylors or other experienced staff. Visiting instructors also lead master classes on advanced glass-art topics such as tinting objects with colored powders or trapping cartoon villains inside magic mirrors.
At Rebecca’s Salon, the focus falls heavily on the eyes. The salon specializes in eyelash extensions, and its certified lash stylist outfits peepers with thick, sultry synthetic lashes that can last up to six weeks. With lashes that come in numerous thicknesses and lengths, the stylist can meet each client’s needs and affix lashes that best suit their personal style. Rebecca’s also carries lash dip, a pharmaceutical-grade coating that adds volume to upper and lower lashes, and rounds out its services with waxing, manicures, and pedicures.
Each day, the chefs at Center Street Smokehouse slow-cook their St. Louis cut ribs with hickory and oak wood to infuse the meat with a smoky flavor. In addition to their menu of barbecue beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork, and New York strip steaks, the chefs bake baskets cheese biscuits for every table.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.