Customers who flock to Alter Ego Salon & Spa may find themselves feeling like completely different people when they leave. But though the stylists approach each corrective color treatment and cutting-edge haircut with deft precision, this transformation is more than just physical. It also stems from the pampering add-ons that accompany many services and help patrons shed the mental and environmental stressors that plagued them in their past life. Each shampoo and style, for example, includes a tress-nourishing treatment chosen specifically for the individual's hair needs, and nearly every hair service is enhanced with a stress-relieving massage that helps release scalp tension wrought by over-styling or heavy thinking. Waxing treatments ditch the hard stuff in favor of a soft soy-based solution, and deluxe mani-pedis go above and beyond basic pampering with luxurious foot masks that incorporate French cocoa, pumpkin essential oils, and red wine.
The artistic shutterbugs at Santini Photography encourage their subjects to articulate their own vision for a photo shoot, allowing the photographers to tailor each shoot to encompass the client’s wishes. This creative collaboration yields a unique styling and relaxed atmosphere that captures the essence of a giggling infant, diploma-chewing high school graduate, or glowing mother-to-be. The third-generation boutique studio perfects portraits of groups as well as individuals, welcoming families for professionally lit sessions. After a photo shoot, clients can order prints for framing or acquire contemporary wall displays for covering up holes left from fly-swatting trebuchets still in testing.
Santini Photography also encourages donations to Operation Smile—a children’s medical charity that provides free surgeries for youth born with facial deformities—by offering photo sessions for those who donate.
Ponderosa Furniture Home Expo, LLC houses furnishings and decor for nearly every room of the home. Furniture such as Zurich sofa and loveseat combos or Florence two-piece sectionals fills dens and living rooms along with bookshelves and coffee tables. High-top and metal dining room sets add a dash of sophistication to eating areas, giving families an elegant place to spend quality time other than their mechanic's waiting room. The store also carries a variety of accent pieces to complement the furniture, including urns, plants, and candlestick holders.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
DAW'S Home Furnishings' domicile decorators convert empty rooms into comfort capitals with stock culled from their 40,000-square-foot showroom. Stroll through a complete spectrum of furniture and adornments for living rooms, bedrooms, and lairs accessible only by removing a copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel from the dining room bookcase. A glass candle vase ($59) and candleholders ($39) turn up the elegance on already classy room lighting, and a statue of St. Francis guards gardens with quiet grace ($149). Dream about weightlessness atop the real-world support of a sumptuous Sealy queen-size mattress ($449.99) set into an elegant Drake espresso bed frame ($399.99), or install a trio of glass-topped occasional tables ($399.99) as a suitable showcase for sets of platters ($19+) or scale replicas of three-ring circuses. DAW'S entire sweeping selection of furniture is available for delivery by its capable couriers.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.