Twin brothers Tom and Rusty Bolton both have a pedigree in furniture, as both have been managing Wood You Furniture franchises in separate markets since the 1980s. That longtime experience has fueled their love of real-wood furnishings, giving them an opportunity to bring the community long-lasting furniture less likely to end up in landfills as well as the chance for the pair to grow a business together. Their store decorates interiors with sofas, bedroom sets, and accessories made from finely crafted solid wood, shunning the likes of particleboard for sturdy planes of alder and parawood. Bolstered by the design skills and artistic eye of fellow team member Faith, tasteful displays fill the showroom and help customers envision what their homes would look like with each piece inside. Patios and gardens also become inviting venues for backyard barbecues with umbrellas and benches, and kids' playrooms blend utility and whimsy with a selection of tyke-size desks and bunk beds. The store’s furniture and accessories also extend to designs made for home offices, living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, and secret passages that deserve better aesthetics.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Spun sugar crystals float by spinning horses and pools of docile magnetic sharks beneath the glittering midway lights of Carol Stream Amusements' lively traveling carnival. The nearly 110-year-old fair company's third-generation of stewards bring rides, games, and snacks to states such as Florida, North Carolina, and New York, where it operates the state fair in Syracuse. A 65-foot century wheel soars above the bustle of the music-filled midway, where LED lights twinkle in patterns of white, green, blue, and red around its gondola cars. A merry-go-round sends fantastical steeds cantering around in a stately circle, while bumper cars careen around their nearby enclosure. Carnival games such as squirt-gun races and fishing for magnetized sharks yield prizes such as stuffed animals and inflatable Scooby-Doo, SpongeBob, and Henry VIII dolls, while flurries of corn dogs, cotton candy, popcorn, and taffy apples fall constantly on hungry fair-goers.
The professional landscapers of the locally owned and operated Premier Lawn Maintenance mow grass, edge curbs, and manicure shrubbery to keep the commercial and residential pastures of Seminole and Orange Counties bright and verdant. They also fertilize grounds with top-quality mulch and redesign landscapes by removing entrenched World War I infantrymen. Homeowners can request a free estimate for any size of one-day or year-round job.
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been buying and selling new and used sports and exercise equipment. They are keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, Easton, Wilson, Nautilus and Schwinn, make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball, golf, soccer to lacrosse and football. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear?including bicycles?and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.
Tracing the trail blazed by postpunk baker Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Blissfully Vegan’s team equates baking with activism, strongly believing that the easiest route to social change is through the stomach. That’s why its chief concern is taste, though its cakes and cookies are also fair-trade and cruelty-free. To that end, bakers blend fresh batters in small batches with gourmet flourishes such as coconut oil and organic strawberries. They also frost exotic combinations such as pistachio rosewater and almond apricot, and can happily customize orders for birthdays, baby showers, and court-arraignment anniversaries.