To help all children start the school year prepared with necessary supplies and resources, the Center for Family Services’ Operation Backpack initiative provides backpacks filled with school supplies to children ages 4–19. By alleviating students’ fears or stresses related to not having the required school supplies, the program helps to ensure that kids and teens can concentrate on their classes, thus laying a foundation for academic success and ideally propelling them toward finishing high school and attending college.
Aboard the recently renovated Spirit of Philadelphia, panoramic windows show the Delaware River unfolding, and friendly waiters appease appetites with a bounty of elegant flavors. Before leaving port, anticipatory aquateers can take a virtual tour of the ship to prepare for their journey onto the high seas of entertainment and dining. After guests have been escorted to a candlelit table, the dinner buffet lays out enough fine food to satisfy a hungry pack of longshoremen with culinary degrees. Pick from salads, hot entrees, sides, and desserts, featuring such items as fresh Mediterranean salmon, roasted-rosemary beef, chocolate-truffle mousse, and New York–style cheesecake.
A man lies tangled in a shower curtain, lifeless, with blood spattered everywhere; "kill your boyfriend" was the theme of this shoot, conducted by photographer Nikki Riley for one of her clients who'd recently parted ways with her latest beau. Nikki's willingness to transcend boundaries, paired with her creative flair, has sent her to New York City and Atlanta to shoot risqué and editorial-style fashion spreads and helped her earn a nomination for PHL17's Philly's Hot List of Best Photographers 2011. Raised as a "John Lennon kid" by a photographer mother, her inherited desire to snap shots came to fruition soon after graduating college, when she traded her 9–5 desk job for a career in photography. Nikon D700 in tow, Nikki spends her days at the 1,700-square-foot studio she co-owns, The Hive 215, which features high ceilings, loft windows, vintage furnishings, and a beauty bar where specialists prep clients' hair and makeup.
Though Nikki's fashion and portrait shoots favor bold colors and clean, magazine-quality finishes, her intimate boudoir shoots explore both high and low angles and toy with exposure—in every sense of the word. Taken from the most flattering angles for each body type, shots of lingerie-clad legs and torsos sway from high-contrast black and white to elegantly washed-out color frames lit softly from behind like an angel auditioning for the cover of Maxim. Nikki caters these shoots to the desires and comfort level of each client, letting imaginations run wild with coy pinup poses or showcasing epidermises for keepsake shots of clients in any state of undress.
Styledelphia owner Jessica Saint is a former model and modeling director who doles out a wealth of fashion-industry insight accrued during 10 years in the business. Now, along with a team of instructors and photographers, Jessica leads classes that show how hair, makeup, and wardrobe can mesh with one’s personal interests, career goals, and affinity for jumping out of moving cars. More niche classroom sessions, such as body-painting, vintage-hairstyling, and stage-makeup workshops, round out a creative-minded curriculum. Styledelphia’s expertise in retro styles adds realness to the studio’s boudoir-photography branch, which takes clients to shoot photos at old-timey locales such as Darling’s Diner and the hospital room where the Liberty Bell was born.
Italian Market Laundry spruces up a week's worth of duds with its pickup and delivery laundry service. Placed outside doorsteps by 7 a.m. any day of the week, laundry bundles begin their de-dirting quest in the hands of a reliable pickup crew, zooming to the facility for a cleaning more thorough than Sherlock Holmes's tooth-brushing technique. Skilled fabric wranglers then split clothes into darks, lights, and colors, zapping out stains before washing clothes with dye-free and fragrance-free detergent. Fabric softeners keep clothes cuddly during the drying process, leaving spotless threads to be folded, hung up, or stitched into a color-coded U.S. map. The staff then packages clothes in a complimentary laundry bag and returns bundles to doorsteps within 24–48 hours of pickup. Check the FAQ page for more information.