Over a career that spans more than 20 years, owner and photographer Michael Ask has captured key moments in clients’ lives with striking, professional portraits of families, couples, children, and high-school seniors. Michael’s experience gives him the confidence to offer a “no nonsense” 100% guarantee—if customers do not like their finished portraits, Heartscape Studio will refund their money—and pay them an additional $20 for their trouble. He creates what he calls a "journey" for his clients by beginning every portrait session with a complimentary ideas consultation to review the client's hope for the shoot. Michael also advises clients on the most effective clothes and locations for their photo sessions, considering factors such as lighting, color, and whether portraits will be displayed after Labor Day. He is able to place his subjects at ease during the actual shoot, and he carefully retouches images to make his clients look their absolute best.
For more than 26 years, the fitness experts at Push Pedal Pull have shared their knowledge with customers purchasing new and used muscle-pumping equipment. The staff happily equips exercisers with brawn-building devices for home, commercial, and hovercraft-based gyms, such as treadmills, ellipticals, and free weights from brands including Precor, Everlast, and Spri. Push Pedal Pull’s refurbished selection of used equipment from health clubs and commercial fitness facilities rotates regularly, stocking workout rooms for discounted prices. Manufacturer-certified equipment technicians repair malfunctioning equipment according to manufacturer standards and stock spare parts in the store to speed up repairs so customers can return to running, lifting, and astrally projecting as soon as possible.
Think Safe fosters deeper knowledge of emergency preparedness with first-aid products and training available in-person or online. Curriculum is designed to teach ordinary citizens to administer CPR and use AEDs to help minimize the threat of emergencies at home, in school, or in the workplace.
The chefs at HuHot Mongolian Grill stand around a giant, round grill, preparing sizzling heaps of stir-fry. Unlike at other restaurants, every serving is different because, instead of the kitchen staff, the customer preps each bowl. The bowls may be brimming with chopped vegetables, seafood, and noodles, or they may be composed entirely of water chestnuts. The spice level of each dish varies based on the eater's preferences; MSG-free sauces range from barbecue to sweet teriyaki to five-alarm Kung Pao Yow! Since HuHot Mongolian Grill is an all-you-can-eat affair, diners get the chance to mix and match different ingredients with each trip to the grill.
Before Teri Studer decided to study massage therapy, she held a corporate job for 15 years. She first began getting massages to treat both the physical trauma caused by multiple car accidents and the stress of sitting in front of a computer all day.
Teri liked massage therapy so much that she made it her full-time occupation, and she now works alongside massage therapists at Awaken Vitality Massage & Wellness Studio. There, the licensed massage therapists perform deep-tissue kneads, Swedish strokes, and hot-stone massages rendered by hands warmed up via games of hot potato. They can add pampering spa treatments such as purifying body wraps with black Baltic mud. Couples can partake in massage workshops that act as unique date ideas or as a new way to release everyday tension.
Behind Budget Auto Detail Center's shiny fleet of cars for hire and moving trucks, teams of dedicated detailers clean up customers' precious four-wheeled friends. Rather than outsourcing the cleaning chores to cyborgs, technicians remove offending stains and blemishes by hand, touching up paint chips or working in protective coats of wax to create a handsome sheen. Their power washes, steam cleanings, and interior scrub downs leave cars as grime- and grease-free as a germaphobe's favorite bar of soap.