After finishing her classical education in Moscow, piano player Elena Orduyan switched from student to teacher. For more than a decade, she’s taught the ivory-tickling arts to youths and adults alike, sending students off to institutions like Juilliard with skills she helped them hone. She tailors each lesson to her individual students, creating customized lesson books for every player and curating her own lesson materials by mixing and matching texts from a variety of publishers and schools of thought. Her curricula extend past key-tapping: beginners also pick up the basics of music theory, and intermediate-level musicians learn to use music software. Orduyan even helps young kids along with color-coded markers and stickers. Never content to rest on her musical laurels, she also furthers her own education by attending annual music-teaching conferences and events.
Edible Arrangements crafts colorful, elegant, and tasty bouquets of fruits and fine sweets for all occasions that arrive fresh at your door. Carefully cut juicy pineapples, honeydews, cantaloupes, strawberries, and grapes grace each of the fruit baskets and can be doused in gourmet chocolate or personalized by adding balloons, bears, fudge, and more. Usher in harvest season with autumnal displays such as the Delicious Fruit Design, which brings together cinnamon-chocolate apple wedges, skewered produce, and a ceramic pumpkin bud vase ($79 small, $89 regular), or inject healthy spirits into a decadent Halloween candy binge with the fruity Ghost Party, boasting pineapple phantasms ($110 regular). Edible Arrangements' wide variety of scrumptious themed selections runs the gamut from birthday and get well to Harley Davidson and Stomp Out Breast Cancer.
Drawing on more than three decades of combined experience, Ambassador Window Cleaning & Maintenance’s technicians absolve commercial and residential buildings of gutter clogs, window smudges, and mildew invasions. The professional cleaning crew mounts ladders, hydraulic lifts, and seesaws to pluck leaves and dirt from rooftops and spruce up sluices with gutter guards. Torrents of high-pressure water buff mildew and grime from driveways, offices, and homes encased in stucco, brick, vinyl, and wood siding. Strong hands guide squeegees across windows, wiping away smudges left behind by fingerprints or catapulted pies. The company’s dedication to fastidious care extends to their customers as well as to the environment, as technicians wear shoe covers to protect indoor carpets and deploy an arsenal of eco-friendly, biodegradable soaps.
Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc. has been featured on CNN for its dependability and prowess at safely delivering people to their destinations. The chauffer company practices classy professionalism, employing expert drivers and luxury automobiles to fetch riders from their homes and carry them to and fro across their busy schedules. Outstanding customer service rings through the gentle clicking of seat belts and shines through the exquisite wax coating on every available vehicle. Along with three-passenger Cadillac DTS sedans and six-passenger Cadillac SUVs ($55–$65 hourly base rate or $66–$78 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of one hour on weekday nights and three hours on weekends), Ambassador Limousine and Sedan Inc.'s fleet includes limos like the 8- to 10-passenger Mercedes luxury coach limo in black or white ($100 hourly base rate, or $120 hourly all-inclusive rate with minimum use of three hours on weekdays and four hours on weekends). Most limos range from $65 to $180 for an hour or one-way transfer, making it easy for a guest and his or her family, musical ensemble, or traveling euchre team to get to the airport or simply roll around town with the windows down and a double-sided mix tape of Journey's B-side classics.
During the Always Quilting & Sewing Center's beginning quilting course, Melissa Hero guides needle neophytes toward the completion of a small lap quilt or wall hanging. Students start with fabric selection, then pick up such techniques as rotary cuts, strip pieces, and finishing maneuvers such as bordering, binding, roundhouse bastes, and body slams. Melissa also teaches the Beyond the Basics course, in which students create 12 blocks, using different skills for each, before piecing them all together with sashing and cornerstones, ending up with a 54.5"x68.5" sampler quilt. Susan Hans instructs the Beginning Sewing class, imparting insights into tools, patterns, construction, fit, and recreational uses for thimbles. Though the Beginning Sewing class does not require extra supplies, quilting students must provide each item from the Beginning Quilting supply list or the Beyond the Basics supply list, many of which are available at the center's store.
After purchasing Carlmont Nursery in 1962 with his personal inventory of more than 8,000 plants as collateral, owner Bob Tyler tripled the facility's physical size and has since established the nursery as one of the Bay Area’s premier sources for japanese maple and bamboo. Fast-forward to the present and Tyler's Carlmont Nursery has become a peaceful oasis filled with an extensive selection of flora, gardening supplies, and decorative items, crisscrossed by gravel paths that meander past a waterfall and along a winding creek. Customers benefit from garden consultations and design services, and the nursery’s skilled technicians can install plants, lighting, and hardscapes to enhance the beauty of home gardens. Nursery emissaries can also put in water features to imitate babbling brooks or gargling humans.