June Moon Furniture enlivens living spaces with artful contemporary furniture designs that complement existing home décor. Elegant curves and symmetrical structure provide bentwood chairs ($149) with swooping support, and the ergonomic pony chaise ($1,299) gently cradles loungers with natural horsehide and a steel frame envied by the most in-shape robots. Homeowners add authenticity to generations-old recipes with vintage cooking utensils ($3+) and personalize kitchens with appliances ($25+). Coffee tables ($199+) and dining chairs ($160+) round out June Moon Furniture's collection of home accouterments, complementing any living space with iconic designs and durable construction from leather, glass, and steam-bent plywood.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash & Grooming owner Nikki Budaj realized her passion for animal care when she began fostering dogs and cats in college. This pursuit prompted her to seek more in-depth pet health and hygiene advice from veterinarians and other groomers, which she now dispenses from her own grooming center. Her team of careful staffers hand-grooms dogs and cats of all sizes or gives owners free reign of the self-service facilities to beautify their furry companions. Using waist-high bathtubs and hydraulic grooming tables, staff and visitors are able to clean their four-legged companions with a range of supplied and upgradable shampoos, conditioners, and rinses such as Tropiclean and Top Performance. The cleaning-center staff also performs de-shedding services or fur and nail trims to keep animals well manicured, and forced-air drying is available to gently slough off excess water and recreate the feeling of sticking one’s head out of a car window.
For Professional Photographers of America member Amy Gillespie, snapping pictures is a full-time passion that revolves around three words: live, laugh, and love. Her motto celebrates the positives in life, and her career as a photographer memorializes them in print. Amy’s affable attitude tends to rub off on her subjects who grin in earnest during family, infant, and pet photo shoots. She also ups the risqué factor with pinup and boudoir shots taken on-location. Once the shutter stops snapping, Amy shows proofs to her clients, who select favorites to be digitized or printed and faxed to adoring fans.