Kari Ring directs her aperture at all manner of familial moments, drawing on her experience as both a photographer and digital artist for her shoots. Between expeditions to capture nature and architecture, she catalogs scenes of engaged couples, smiling families, and children riding away on their birthday piñatas.
The UPS Store's squad of project facilitators helps to assuage pre-presentation stress with a buffet of professional copying, printing, and binding services. Replicate important memos via black and white copying ($.10 each), commemorate the printer's first test page with a protective lamination treatment ($2.05/8.5"x11" sheet), or produce professional-quality color copies of cherished flyers on 28-pound paper ($.99 each). Patrons compiling a corporate report or preparing a novella-style resumé can tether pages together with UPS Store comb binding ($3.99 each). In addition, faxing ($2/page), scanning ($1/page) and notary services ($5/page) are available. The Cranford store is open from 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. Monday–Friday and keeps its copiers simmering on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., giving shoppers a chance to finish their errands before work or during company-sponsored games of Hide and Seek.
At Creative Kids, imagination is the driving force behind the programming for each day. The school’s facility boasts an art room, a movement and dance area, and a parent’s lounge, with rooms painted in bright solid hues of purple, green, and orange. Kids are encouraged to express themselves and discover new talents, whether that means building robots out of LEGO blocks, rocking out in a music class, or embracing their inner Picasso in an art class. With such a wide variety, kids can let their imagination run wild and choose from a broad selection of signature party themes and activities.
Mike Kelly had a sore back, not to mention torn-down shower curtains, a decimated bathroom, and clogged drains, all courtesy of his 160-pound newfoundland, Gordo. He decided to start a self-service dog-wash business, not simply for his own sake but for other sore, slobber-riddled dog owners as well.
And so In n Out Self Serve Dog Wash was born. There, pet owners find a series of green-walled semiprivate stations that house walkup tubs for a variety of dog sizes, including a couple of extra-large sizes to accommodate massive pups or several small dogs that became stuck together after an ill-fated jelly-sandwich incident. Equipped with washing hoses and shampoos, dog owners can disrupt muddy paws and fur before rinsing and styling their pooch's pompadour with a high-velocity, no-heat blow dryer. Or they can seek out the help of the shop's professional grooming services, which include nail trimming, ear cleaning, and packages with breed-standard trims.
Benvenuti Italian Specialties & Catering first opened in Bari, Italy before packing up for Garwood, New Jersey in the early 1900's. Chefs still carry on the traditions of the Old World, though, crafting classic Italian entrees and contemporary dishes. They draw from a vast menu that includes everything from more than 20 varieties of housemade ravioli to a chicken Benvenuti, which is sautéed with peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, and capers. The kitchen also transports meals from its catering menu to luncheons, banquets, and other events throughout the area.
Cured meats hang above Benvenuti's glass deli cases, which teem with olives and rounds of fresh mozzarella. Meanwhile, pastas, bottles of olive oil, and other Italian imports line the main shop floor.