Sugar and Spice owners Chelsey and Angela haven't forgotten the fear that consumed them when they first bared all in front of a foggy camera lens. This awareness is what makes them the ideal pair to helm a boudoir photography studio, which pairs its solo shoots with sessions incorporating couples, pinups, and pregnant subjects. By drawing from their past experience, all-female staff members work to ease subjects' fears as they highlight their best features, no matter what size, shape, or kind of droid they might be. Since the studio doesn't dabble in wedding shoots or children's photography, Sugar and Spice is able to pour all of its resources into its boudoir photography, which is reflected by its 20 different sets, more than 300 pairs of shoes, thigh-highs and stockings, and hundreds of outfits in sizes 0?26.
If clients start to get lost in piles of lingerie, the team has plenty of ideas and ready-made looks to choose from, such as the girl next door in jeans and a T-shirt or the more involved bikini-clad George Washington crossing the Delaware. Touting itself as the only stateside boudoir studio to offer complimentary clip-in hair extensions, Sugar and Spice also flaunts its beauty retouching services, which are included with every product.
Acres of grass paddocks ripple in the wind around the large indoor and outdoor riding arenas at Wild Oak Farm, where owner Renee Lenkart works to help students to improve their riding abilities and develop a bond with equines. As hooves clop out a staccato rhythm against the sun-soaked red soil, Renee calls upon years of experience crafting lessons for both beginner and advanced students. She has also spent time training and showing hunters and jumpers, and many of her students have gone on to participate in national competitions or yelling matches at grocery stores with no-horse policies.
From its locations in Rockford and Buffalo, Nortog Meats supplies home refrigerators and grills with fresh and smoked beef, chicken, and pork. The family-owned meat emporium smokes all of its own meats, and also prepares hearty sausages, beef jerky, and snack sticks from scratch. Steaks are cut to order, leaving them as tender as Elvis’s answering machine greeting.
With a focus on entertainment, Abrakadoodle can transform any party (starting at $199) into a chance to expand minds and glitter-slicks with 1,800 choices of creative games and lessons. Themed experiences include Action Painting, Race to Outer Space, Flower Power, and A Journey to the Stars. The expansive schedule features classes (one hour, $16) in painting and drawing, as well as imagination-fueled camps (two hours, $24) in superhero, pirate, and princess make-believe.
The Minnesota Saddlebred Horse Association unites stables across the state, showcasing the diversity of the american saddlebred, as well as training future equestrians with individually tailored riding lessons. After arriving in long pants and sturdy, low-heel shoes, riders don helmets as instructors commence half-hour equine adventures to acquaint students with an agreeable saddlebred, whose manner and relaxed gait are perfect for human accompaniment and a marked advantage in "act casual" situations. The average lesson covers mounting and dismounting, walking and trotting, rein control, and how to properly engage with the horse. In addition, riders will spend time learning how horses think and react in common situations. The MSHA's participating stables open on evenings and weekends for man-to-beast interactions after school or work; customers should note that Lear Stables in Hastings is not heated.
Founded by doctor of homeopathy and antioxidant guru Rick Nappi, Mogo Organics is an online purveyor of food supplements concocted from all-natural ingredients to help time-strapped health-seekers strengthen their bodies, inside and out. The supplements are 100% organic and eschew common allergens such as corn, wheat, yeast, eggs, MSG, genetically modified substances, and homework. One scoop of Red Surge packs in 10–15 servings of antioxidants while encouraging weight loss by boosting energy, balancing blood sugar, and reducing hunger pangs ($39.95). Veggie snubbers can snap up Mogo G+F, which makes Popeye feel foolish by furnishing physiques with the power of 10–13 servings of greens in a single scoop ($39.95). Mogo Kids contains a blend of multivitamins and 20 different amino acids to bolster growing bodies, and a cellular energy complex to keep young minds sharp ($27.95).