The founders of Starr Barks launched their self-service dog-washing operation because they were tired of the mess and discomfort caused by scrubbing their pups at home. Rather than viewing bath time as a chore, owners can bond with their four-legged friends while Starr Barks staffers provide them with shampoo, conditioner, towels, and dog treats. To prevent sore backs and knees, bathtubs stand at waist height and accommodate canines of all sizes. Large dogs ascend to watery bliss by way of a ladder, which saves owners the hassle of lifting them or training them to jump at the smell of soap. A safety line prevents dogs from leaping out of the tub and injuring themselves or other pets. Tidy aprons keep humans dry, and a professional dryer ensures that pets leave fluffy and water-free. Throughout the entire cleaning process, the Starr Barks coffee bar stands at the ready so dog owners can reinforce their own good behavior with coffee and snacks.
The Delray Beach Garlic Fest promotes the culinary, creative, and health possibilities of garlic. In Garlic Chef Stadium, seasoned experts vie for the chance to become the Garlic Chef winner. The competition requires chefs to prepare a unique three-course gourmet meal in one hour, complete with pre-selected ingredients including garlic and one mystery ingredient in each course. After watching chefs transform garlic cloves into tantalizing meals that are too far away to snatch and devour, patrons can sate any residual cravings with a trip to Gourmet Alley. The Gourmet Alley features samples of more than two dozen garlic-themed items, such as blackened garlic mahi mahi, garlic gator, and garlic marinated vegetable paninis.
A group of locals founded the Garlic Fest to help raise money for local organizations dedicated to promoting youth arts and education and helping people with a natural garlic odor feel less alone. Through the nonprofit organization Delray Beach Arts, Inc., the festival has raised more than $390,000 in charitable donations.
The frock fixers at Aloha Dry Cleaners, established in 1964, cleanse garments onsite using environmentally friendly dry-cleaning processes. They also perfect alterations for all garments ranging from draperies and upholstery to dresses and suits. The 13 trained staff members help to preserve wedding gowns and keep everyday wear stain-free. As a courtesy to their customers and community, they clean any American flag or stuffed animal for free, so long as teddy bears are registered to vote.
Photographer Elizabeth Monge has yet to meet the portrait subject from whom she can’t coax a relaxed, natural smile. Monge's friendly, jokey demeanor has a lot to do with it. So does her laid-back, unhurried approach to conducting a portrait session. She thinks of the first 15 minutes of any shoot as just a warm-up, a chance to let the subject start to feel comfortable in front of the camera. This sense of ease and comfort is key to Monge's work, which has a candid quality that captures each sitter's personality without stiff, forced posing.
In the 13 years since she graduated with a degree in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Monge has developed a signature style rich with vibrant colors and a sense of whimsy. She feeds her passion for edgy photos and haute couture with a commercial career as a fashion photographer. In turn, her eye for editorial photography informs her portraiture, from the artistic composition of each frame to the inclusion of a Karl Lagerfeld cutout in every photo.
Talin Lyman's delicate brushstrokes cover the walls of a former U.S. vice president's winter home, frescoes within InterContinental hotels in Tuscany and Rome, and furniture that adorns Martha Stewart's own abode. From canvases to murals to throws of pillows designed for people and pets, the virtuosic painter daubs blank spaces with flora and fauna inspired by her childhood spent traveling to far-flung countries with her missionary father. Lyman also throws open the doors of her studio for an array of classes geared toward adults—such as Painting to the Oldies—and children, where she intersperses hands-on activities with lessons about great moments in art history, such as the day Georges Seurat invented the polka dot.
Whether stuck to the side of a car or applied to the back of a laptop, the stickers that emerge from Vinyl Stickers Decals' high-quality printers are durable and eye-catching. The sticker emporium caters its materials, including vinyl, permanent adhesive, and weatherproof labels to clients' custom projects, which range from logos to monograms to names. The on-staff design team works with clients throughout the process, ensuring that graphics match the shape and size of each sticker they produce.
Ileana Moreno believes the key to beauty lies hidden in Mother Nature’s pocket. Through her business me2 beauty skincare & wellness, she treats maladies ranging from age-related wear to dry skin with organic skincare products and holistic nutritional counseling. As an aesthetician, she also lends her beauty-conscious eye to more traditional treatments, such as waxing and make-up application.