When Alicia Donovan began her photography career, she was worried about not having a studio. Using nature as her backdrop, though, she noticed something that doesn't happen beneath hot studio lights—people interacting with the world around them, feeling comfortable in themselves. So she made it a principle to work outdoors, to illuminate her subjects in the available light of sun rays. Although she specializes in capturing pets and children in their element, she also extends her talents to life's milestones: senior photos, graduation photos, and holiday portraits.
AGE of Central Texas confronts the challenges of aging to improve the quality of life for seniors. It sponsors a variety of programs, including Adult Day Centers, support resources for caregivers, and computer classes for seniors. For clients facing memory loss, the organization runs an early-intervention program to help them cope with the challenges dementia will bring. The organization also distributes health equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, and shower chairs to enhance mobility for people of all ages.
ith more than 175 locations nationwide and more than 35 years in the business, Car-X Auto Service has earned a prime spot in the parking garage of quality car care and customer service. Started in 1971 by a team of seasoned muffler-shop owners, the service centers have blossomed from their beginnings as specialty exhaust shops to providers of nearly any repair or maintenance service imaginable, from installing performance-enhancing accessories to treating cars to therapeutic trust falls. In addition to promoting safety and long, healthy engine life with brake services and speedy oil changes, Car-X Auto Service reaches out to the surrounding community with regular philanthropic activities, such as recycling drives and participation in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.
Every bride dreams of a perfect wedding day, and Jhoana Moore was no exception. The centerpiece of her dream day was a cake made to her exact specifications, and she worried that no one else would be able to realize the image—and the taste—of the confection she had already baked in her imagination. What better person, she concluded, could there be to bake her dream cake than herself?
After the cake in question turned out to be a huge hit with her wedding guests, Jhoana decided to use her baking skills to help others realize the desserts of their own dreams, whether custom-designed cakes, cupcakes, or cookies. She collaborates on projects with her customers via email and phone, using their input to determine aspects such as the flavor. Designs can be sculpted out of edible fondant into three-dimensional shapes or frosted with icing that adds complex flavors and textures. Jhoana also crafts smaller portions for in-store purchases, baking cupcakes, cookies, and similarly portable sweets each day.
Tina Guershon oversees the fitness curriculum at FuzeMove Fitness, channeling more than 20 years of dance and performance on the island of Barbados. The majority of her fellow teachers were once former students at FuzeMove, who became enamored with the supportive atmosphere and the slimming effects of their Zumba and Bokwa workouts.
Both party-like group workouts mix dance with aerobic movement to tone muscles and burn calories. Zumba draws from salsa, cumbia, hip hop, and other dance styles to choreograph routines, whereas Bokwa combines basic boxing techniques and Kwaito, an African dance method. Though they might look impressive in action and painted on a velvet canvas, neither of the methods require any prior dance or fitness experience.The fitness studio mixes up their routine with special events, such as bollywood dance workshops or Zumba parties set in a night club setting complete with black lights and glow sticks.
As a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician, Tammy Alexander feels right at home in every corner of her beauty spa. Her six facials include anti-aging glycolic peels and diamond-tipped microdermabrasion treatments, and she can even exfoliate skin on the back with steam and masks of french clay. Alexander expertly removes fuzz during her bikini and Brazilian waxes. She also offers cosmetic treatments that include eyelash extensions, organic airbrush tanning, and jane iredale–makeup applications.