Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
It’s easy to see the imprint of Body & Soul Fitness founder Jade Reyes on his studio’s class curriculum. His specialty in dance aerobics is displayed in exotic-dance and Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes. And his training in kickboxing informs not only classes in the same discipline, but also body-combat classes, which feature high- and low-impact moves to challenge exercisers of all fitness levels. He also specializes in spinning and knows much about massage therapy and relaxation, which explains why yoga is on the schedule and drinking Mountain Dew and screaming Van Halen lyrics is not.
The Floral Cottage arms caring friends with an arsenal of poignant bouquets ready to add color and fragrance to any life moment. Prep a mantelpiece for the coming cold with the stellar yellow arrangement ($45–$65), part of the winter assortment of bouquets, or symbolically remind the Christmas tree of its impending doom with an early unveiling of spring flowers ($40+). The custom-design ($55–$75) webpage tasks each customer with organic organization, showering flower fiends in options for special occasions such as graduating from graphology school or successfully forging one’s graphology school diploma.
Despite what its modest name suggests, Simply Hair Salon & Beauty Supply does a lot more than hair. Sure, their stylists can sculpt a beautiful and personalized haircut, straighten curls with keratin, or add some extra dimension with highlights. But the team also boasts aestheticians who revitalize skin with facials, sculpt eyebrows, and turn nails into tiny pieces of art during mani-pedis. Simply Hair's roster of most valuable players also includes a particular inanimate object: candles. When placed in the ear and lit—a process appropriately known as ear candling—they can potentially treat ear problems and annoying issues, such as allergies or a weird voice that only seems to speak during the finale of TV shows. On special occasions, the salon opens its doors to host stylish events. In the past, this has included showcasing the fashionable jeans of Lavender Blues and Vault Denim.
While performing a job, Climate Heating and Air Conditioning Services' factory-trained technicians prefer not to waste time waiting for spare parts. To avoid having to pause a project so they can hunt down a component, they maintain their own full-service sheet-metal shop that can fabricate ductwork, customize chimney caps, or spare rolls of aluminum foil for clients with the last name of Bunyan. During residential and commercial gigs, they work to ensure heating and cooling equipment is running properly and effectively removing allergens and pollutants from the air. Owner James Fultz boasts more than 20 years of industry experience, continuously educating his staff and sending them out to study new techniques for repairing and installing heating and cooling systems.
Top Notch Detail & Tint's factory-trained technicians restore vehicles to a gleaming state via detailing and add privacy with expert tinting services. During each detailing session, technicians douse vehicles with ultra-purified water before treating exteriors with polymer sealers, polishes, and waxes. Inside, techs treat floor mats and upholstery with Scotchgard and condition leather seats to prevent fading and cracking. Additionally, Llumar tint films add cosmetic flair to cars and block as much as 90% of incoming glare. The color-stable films also truncate UV rays and minimize heat so that interiors stay cool even on hot days or family vacations to Earth's core.