Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
Von Housen Mercedes-Benz's vehicular geniuses pamper the most mobile member of the family with an eight-hour inspection and detailing package. During the vehicular makeover (a $255 value), a thorough scrubdown sweeps grime and dust away before gentle wax seals out future interlopers to maintain the paint’s just-washed luster. Crumbs meet their match in the form of hungry vacuums, while car stylists hide wear and tear by shampooing frazzled carpets and giving comb-overs to balding floor mats. A rubber and vinyl protection guards non-metal parts of the exterior, and the tire shine waxes grubby wheels into lustrous spinners. Window washers remove evidence of splattered insects, while auto internists clean the engine compartment in preparation for the maintenance inspection.
While doting grandmother Kim Wells helped to plan her grandson's 10th birthday party in 2008, she was frustrated by the lack of kid-friendly options. That's when she began developing ideas for The Birthday Bash, a company dedicated solely to organizing happy celebrations for children. Mad Science parties with fascinating dry-ice presentations, Pop Star Diva parties with glittery makeovers, and Nintendo Wii parties are just a few of the themed events held in rooms with whimsical decorations and mural-adorned walls. The Birthday Bash team also can accommodate requests for snacks such as pizzas, birthday cakes, and sundae bars at which kids decorate ice cream with sprinkles, whipped cream, and T-bone steaks. If desired, photographers will capture shots of the festivities.
Silverado is the "Apple Store for Professionals." We cater to the serious Apple user such as film directors and producers, cinematographers, graphic designers, video editors, journalists, musicians, photographers, and hardcore Apple enthusiasts who demand performance.
Four Corners was started 2 years ago as a means of providing local artists with discounted custom framing for their work. Local artists also have the opportunity to display and sell their work in art gallery. Our main goal is to provide the much needed support for the local arts.
Monique Cortes's dream for Sassy Sweets by Monique was to create desserts that were as much a treat for the eyes as they were for the taste buds. She and her team of bakers delicately position fresh flowers on tiered wedding cakes and pipe crowns of frosting onto warm cupcakes. Specializing in gourmet flavors, the chefs mix up fresh batter every day, from their classic red velvet and confetti cakes to the inventive pancake 'n' bacon and blueberry-lemonade recipes. Adults can enjoy cocktail-inspired flavors including piña colada and strawberry daiquiri or place a candle in a cupcake-in-a-jar to celebrate the first anniversary of their moonshine distillery.
In addition to their cheesecakes, brownies, and cake pops, the bakery shares a full café menu of breakfast and lunch dishes. Behind the espresso bar, baristas steam milk for cappuccinos paired with grilled breakfast burritos and sandwiches such as the Folsom Chick with chicken breast, pesto, and housemade garlic mojo.