Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and crushing, unflinching grasp on world economics make it required reading for people, people persons, and people-shaped cacti looking to stay up-to-date on world news, politics, and business. In addition to the weekly publications—including the magazine's 20+ Special Reports and its Technology Quarterly—subscribers to The Economist also receive special benefits, such as The World in 2012, a special annual volume that predicts trends for the coming year. Subscribers also get unrestricted access to the online site, with a fully searchable archive dating back to the Neolithic Internet era (1997), as well as free access to The Economist in audio, which includes the option to listen to digital recordings of all print articles or to download them as a weekly podcast. For updates on the go or “on the sitting down on a park bench enjoying the scenery,” access The Economist on an iPhone or iPad—every photo, article, and chart is delivered to subscribers' devices by Thursday at 4 p.m. EST.
Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
For years, billiards was associated with smoke-filled pool halls, the dens of asthmatic hustlers and seedy habitués. At Hot Shots Westside Family Billiards, a charcoal-filtered HVAC system ensures the air—and the atmosphere—stays clean, making the establishment appropriate for players of all ages. Kids under 10 always play for free on the hall's 22 pocket billiard tables ranging from 7 to 9 feet, including three premium Chevillotte heated tables imported from France. At the Over the Rail Café, the staff prepares burgers and milkshakes, and an arcade room provides a healthier diversion with pinball machines, video games, and dart boards. Beyond recreational games of pool, Hot Shots also hosts charity tournaments throughout the week, and instructors impart the secrets of activating the powerful magnets under the table during private lessons.
Like a barbarian gracefully rolling cannonballs of destruction toward unsuspecting pins, bowling fuses the art of spin with the ardor for obliteration. Today’s Groupon satisfies your barbaric streaks with three games of bowling plus shoe rental at the clean facilitied Valley Lanes for $5 (up to a $15.75 value). Elevate those gutter-ball mulligans to confident pin-destructioniers.The nickname Sport of Dukes came into vogue again in the late ’70s, when bitter rivals and twin brothers Duke “Buddy” Howard and Buddy “Duke” Howard dominated professional bowling. With today’s Groupon, you’ll be treated much like the Dukes of yesteryear, with entertainments to delight each of your senses.
5 Star Cleaners is on a mission. In addition to using recycled plastics for hangers and reusable garment bags, the conscientious cleaners keep the earth and their clients healthy by eliminating any trace of the toxic, but common, chemical perchloroethylene from its solvents. Whether cleaning area rugs, repairing and altering garments, preserving wedding gowns, or performing any other service, the shop keeps toxins from seeping into the area water supply by using biodegradable soaps and hiring vigilante mermen to patrol water reservoirs. Customers can drop off their clothing to be cleaned or opt for pickup and drop-off services.