Evelyn Coons watched the images of dispossessed pets appear during the news segments on Hurricane Katrina. An animal lover her whole life, she couldn't look at the coverage and not help. She ventured to Second Chance At Love in California, a no-kill shelter that took in 30 dogs who had lost their homes in the hurricane. While volunteering there, she learned from the shelter's founder Cheri Lucas, a practitioner of the training methods developed by "The Dog Whisperer," Cesar Milan.
Now with her own training school, Evelyn continues teaching Milan's methods, helping clients to understand their dogs' innate desires to be well-mannered socialites who always hold their wine glass by the stem. Additional services include treadmill and park sessions to give energetic pooches a safe, structured exercise program. With a particular fondness for pit bulls, she and her husband also rehabilitate dogs rescued in the Tulsa area.
While completing her 1,000 hours of credit in massage-therapy school, Heidi Sanders learned how to stimulate circulation and induce relaxation with Swedish, deep-tissue, and therapeutic techniques. Now that she has earned her license, she continues to perfect these techniques inside Valencia Salon and Spa's private treatment room. The spa, with its Greco-Roman fireplace and plush, warm massage bed, proves an ideal match for Heidi’s stress-melting strokes. Still, she often takes her talents on the road to dole out relaxing chair massages at corporate parties or on the sidelines of tense staring contests.
Jeffrey—the lone shutterbug at Jeffrey B Photography—lends his lens to any event, from outdoor family-portrait sessions to quiet maternity shoots. He prefers natural backgrounds, however, just as he prefers only charging clients for the photos they end up purchasing. He provides both digital images and prints of all sizes that can be stuffed into wallets, frames, and piñatas at your favorite celebrity’s birthday party.
Emily Pierce got the idea for Noah's Ark Baby Equipment Rentals on a family trip during which she found that her car was too small to tote all the highchairs, safety gates, and tax-preparation software that babies use every day. It made for a stressful trip, but resulted in the birth of a new business.
Noah's Ark Baby Equipment Rentals provides essential infant gear—car seats, highchairs, and so on—to families on the go or to people receiving visits from families traveling with small children. The business can even provide rental equipment at travelers' destinations, leaving them with more room in the car and one less thing to worry about.
Handicap Accessible: No
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: No parking
Most popular offering: Car seat rental
Pro Tip: Giving us a 24 hour notice on rentals helps us give the customer the best possible service.
For Tiffany, owner of "Fit To The T" Fitness Company, working out is a joy. She's been an athlete her entire life, starting as a cheerleader and advancing through several fitness-certification programs. As a licensed Zumba instructor and expert-level certified personal trainer, she mints new fitness lovers on the regular. "I believe in a total, complete healthy lifestyle," she explains, "meaning fulfillment in all aspects of one's life—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual." To secure these holistic benefits, she personalizes fitness programs to fit the individual. All the while, she shows unconditional support, adopting a nurturing tactic that inspires clients to prevail against setbacks and make healthier choices, such as getting a good night's rest and being the first person to get the worms in the morning.