Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works—it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.
The UPS Store, the shipping- and office-supplies mecca, packages and sends parcels and equips offices with all manner of workplace accouterments. The center’s helpful crew packages and sends gifts, documents, and other moveables in a range of shipping boxes ($2–$15), which clients can keep digital tabs on in real time using the website’s tracking service or fleet of GPS-enabled carrier pigeons. Patrons with a home business or undying hatred of their own mailbox can receive mail at one of the store’s private boxes ($20–$30/mo.), popping in on their shipments 24 hours a day or having the staff forward mail to another address. Like a rogue scientist’s fruit-snack cloning laboratory, the shop stocks an arsenal of copy machines, each churning out duplicates of flyers and documents in stark black-and-white ($0.04–$0.15) or cone- and rod-pleasing color ($0.29–$0.49).
The chefs at Great Northern Pizza Kitchen draw upon Italian, Greek, and American culinary traditions while topping pizzas. After tossing crusts by hand, they turn to blue cheese, buffalo sauce, shredded pork, morsels of feta, and pico de gallo. Though some toppings seem adventurous, the mac 'n' cheese pizza and the potato-skin pie, a combination of bacon, sliced potatoes, and cheddar cheese, call to mind simple comfort foods. Tables clatter with plates of salads, pastas, and sandwiches in an 80-seat dining room with exactly enough spots for the 10 families cloned from the Brady Bunch.
Lynne Maher holds a Level I certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, as well as an organization certification from QC Design School. But the credentials mean nothing without the empathy and caring it takes to consolidate and systematize people's personal things. That's why Lynne describes herself as a 'confidential' professional organizer. She understands that while some projects are simple, others are far more sensitive, such as hoarding situations. Clients can also solicit Lynne for packrat storage consultations, closet organization, or cleverly hiding a roommate's things until the rent's been paid.
IWS's team of master muscle rejuvenators is led by owner Craig Danehy, who has applied his medical expertise to relieving aches and pains for more than a decade. The squad of special-ops stress softeners provide therapeutic massages to soothe sore bodies, calm the nerves of the preternaturally tense, relieve acute and chronic muscular pain, and help rehabilitate injured athletes and full-contact chess players. The warriors of this army of kneaders are all fully licensed and no-fault insurance specialists that cater to those with injuries from auto accidents. Craig's extracurriculars include the position of lead medical provider for the Gorilla Massage Fund, which helps provide relief to sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
Rusted Root is a six-member jam-centric rock band that transcends genres with influences from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and parts of space still unidentified. With more than 3 million albums sold worldwide, Rusted Root has been crushing live shows with an energetic stage presence and incredible sound since their 1992 debut. The talented sound architects might blast eardrums with the high-paced jam "Ecstasy", soulfully bring the crowd "Back to the Earth", and perhaps even shindig on stage with the crowd favorite "Send Me on My Way", which happens to be NASA's choice as "wake-up" music for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
The professional designers at Keen Design Group streamline the task of interior overhauling by designing everything ahead of time. Using a methodical, multitiered approach, they inspect bathrooms, kitchens, and mudrooms in their present iterations, taking measurements and drafting blueprints. They plug the information into advanced 3-D software and set to work mocking up a visual draft of the completed room, updating fixtures with sleek chrome faucets, rustic wooden cabinets, or glass shower enclosures. Clients and the team work eyeball-to-eyeball in selecting materials, colors, and styles.