Like all great stories, Cakes by Crème de la Crème's was written through persistence. Pastry chefs Michael Jones and Bart Utz first met when they were taking baking courses together. They formed a partnership, worked at several establishments, then pooled their resources and struck out on their own, starting Cakes by Crème de la Crème. The duo, who have chalked up experience working at venues such as the Washington Athletic Club and the Sunset Club, combine their expertise to craft delicious and visually intricate cakes for all occasions. This expertise has garnered press attention from The Knot, who recently included them in their "Best of Weddings 2013" feature.
Their tiered wedding cakes roll out a spectacle for the eye and the tongue, with romantically elegant designs finished in buttercream icing and fondant. They customize cakes to each client’s specifications by creating a unique border or design, and by giving customers a choice of unique flavors, such as banana cake with strawberry preserves and cream-cheese filling. Jones and Utz also specialize in affordable dessert cakes, tortes, and tarts and custom party cakes, which they can mold into inspired designs such as stacks of favorite books, a college’s logo, or a turntable with vinyl records on top—an homage to the days when every cake was also a record player.
In addition to teaching amateurs the ways of the camera, the photographers at Hudson's Photo Workshops have been coaching professional photographers for over 25 years. They create portraits on location or at the Tukwila studio, which is replete with low lighting, plush couches, and neutral-toned walls. The final images look wholesome and classic, ideal for a large custom wall display in your home. In addition to capturing portraits, the photographers outfit clients with prints and digital slideshows that facilitate online sharing. Classes elucidate photography techniques, including the rule of thirds and how to capture a 20-story human pyramid without a wide-angle lens.
Health Concept - Slim Wrap & Wellness Spa is wholly committed to helping visitors achieve their goals when it comes to health, confidence, and tranquility. Skilled staff bundle clients for slimming infrared body-wrap sessions, during which six separate wrap pads combine short and long infrared rays to melt away unwanted inches, diminish the appearance of cellulite, and burn off unflattering hats. The spa also performs massage services and LIpo-Light for body sculpting.
Since 1990, Sportraits's photographers have captured sports teams, individual players, and event attendees with a variety of photography services. They visually memorialize squads' roster portraits in their studio or on location, and transplant their visages onto prints, buttons, and statuettes. After digitally editing shots of club, team, and band members, they hand over eye-catching tableaus for use as backdrops for football games, gymnastics matches, or hot-dog-eating championships.
The photography haven's event photo boutiques present a fun alternative to traditional photo booths at parties, as they allow groups of guests to pose in front of custom backgrounds under the skilled eye of a photographer. Boutique rentals can be further customized with the addition of prints and props such as hats and glasses.
Since 1995, Best in Class Education Center's instructors have aided students of all ages—from pre-K tots to high school seniors—in their academic journeys. They calibrate small-group and private math and English lessons that push each student at an individualized pace, helping struggling students catch up to speed or edifying advanced pupils seeking more of a challenge. The tutors give homework assignments for the kids to work on throughout the week, as well as administer weekly tests to assess their progress.
In addition to boosting success in current classes, the staff helps older students ready themselves for post-secondary schooling with SAT prep classes and college admission workshops, which help applicants decide on the right place, craft an impressive personal statement, and shimmy into their dream school's mascot costume before campus visits.