Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
After greasing the Slip 'n Slide with vegetable oil and shedding winter's fluffy bathrobe and insulated socks, the best way to celebrate summer's arrival is with a handful of velvety-soft frozen custard. The Ritter's menu features a wide variety of rotating flavors, including everything from the vanilla and chocolate classics to the fruit-based favorites such as blueberry and strawberry Italian ice to creations such as Boston crème pie and peanut butter. Order a cone of the flavor du jour ($2.29 and up), or opt for a signature Glacier ($3.19 and up), which is Ritter's frozen custard mixed with your topping(s) of choice and served upside down to confuse your already delicate perception of reality and emphasize the delicacy's extreme thickness. If a list of 25+ toppings dizzies your decision-making noodle, submit your fate to the friendly ice-cream slingers and opt for a signature sundae with pre-designed toppings ($3.99) such as the turtle sundae, a frozen-custard mountain capped with hot fudge, hot caramel, and whipped cream and crowned with butter-toasted pecans and a cherry. Celebrate your newfound superpowers and exploit your nemeses' weaknesses for bananas and chocolate with a banana split ($4.79).
Troy Huggett, an ACE-certified personal trainer who applies his expertise to writing ACE exams, coaches clients of all ages and fitness levels with vigorous workouts that leave leisure time intact. Total Body Boot Camp courses marshal approximately 20 students for 30 minutes or less of body-sculpting drills. Camaraderie, high-intensity reps, and dreams of being able to hopscotch to work push participants toward their unique fitness goals, leaving limbs lean and cores reinforced. Those who report to the program for two or more months can supplement their slimming regimens with a personalized meal plan, as well as a before and after fitness assessment that measures inches shed, pounds lost, and ounces of water hand-squeezed from titanium bottles.
The first Batteries Plus shop opened in 1988 in response to the growing popularity of portable devices such as Walkmans and digital cameras. Today, 525 stores supply patrons with batteries to power gadgets ranging from digital cameras, cell phones, and laptops to motorcycles or robotic butlers. Light bulbs are another specialty: the stores stock everything from colorful incandescent bulbs to halogen lights that illuminate dark highways.
In their 85th season, the Harlem Globetrotters have entertained millions of parents, children, and general basketball admirers with a unique brand of athletic precision and showmanship. For their latest 4 Times the Fun North American tour, the Globetrotters will add new 4-point shot spots located 35 feet from the basket, which is 12 feet farther than the official 3-point line but several thousand miles closer than the prime meridian.