Christopher Gosch has filmed more than 25 televisions shows—as well as the first underwater reality show—at exotic locations around the globe. When he isn't crafting professional videos, he draws on more than two decades of experience to snap static images during underwater photo shoots. Before each session, skilled hair and makeup artists make people look like more attractive versions of themselves with waterproof makeup while a professional wardrobe team assembles costumes and props such as mermaid fins, hula-hoops, and angel wings. Once subjects achieve their chosen looks, they dive into a swimming pool with trained assistants, who provide step-by-step instructions while Chris captures maritime memories. In addition to portrait sessions for both adults and children, Christopher also takes watery group, engagement, and wedding photos—some of which can be viewed in his online gallery.
Since sprouting in South Bay in 2004, Wondertree Kids has been an interactive space for youngsters to learn about and discover the fascinating world around them. Designed by early childhood experts, the facility's programs use playtime as a vehicle to stimulate learning and development like in their popular Music & Sign Language class. Age-appropriate exercises are woven into the fabric of every activity, including messy art classes, school-preparation courses, and music programs, where kids can safely practice their moves instead of breakdancing in the subway.
Before they were certified Pilates, barre, and yoga instructors, nearly all the staff members at Art of Pilates were professional dancers. Their past athletic lives gave them personal insight into what the body can accomplish, from bending over backwards to outrunning embarrassment about buying the wrong water bottle. During small classes, they now assist practitioners in creating leaner, stronger physiques through core-strengthening Pilates moves, ballet positions, and yoga poses.
Using experience gleaned over years as a broker and educational consultant, Kartik Subramaniam and Adhi Schools have been guiding students toward real-estate licensure since 2003. With detailed online and in-person courses, Adhi helps prepare each pupil for the California license exam via included textbooks, three preparatory exams, and a guide to garage-door whispering. The school also assists graduates by placing them in contact with brokerages to start their new careers. The Adhi Schools' curriculum is recognized by leaders in the real-estate field, from large brokerages including Century 21 and Prudential to national training companies.
uBreakiFix CEO Justin Wetherill spoke with Groupon about the importance of protecting your smartphone and the challenges of fixing a phone that has been dropped into a deep fryer.
On the worst thing you can do after cracking your smartphone?s glass screen
?Don?t just put it into your pocket and continue to use it,? Wetherill says. The broken glass can actually cause serious damage to the phone?s inner components and turn a relatively simple fix into a costly repair job.
On the repair process
"Look, this is something we do every day," Wetherill says. "You are not the first person to break a phone.? Collectively, uBreakiFix's highly trained technicians repair more than 20,000 devices a month, drawing from a library of high-quality parts that are tested twice before they ever get used in a repair service. Free diagnostics are a staple at all uBreakiFix locations, so customers understand the problem before any work is done.
On growing his business
uBreakiFix began as a business based out of Wetherill?s living room, and it now boasts more than 60 locations nationwide. ?We are proof that the American dream is alive,? he says.
On unusual repair jobs
Wetherill remembers one fast-food employee who dropped her phone into a restaurant?s deep fryer. ?It smelled pretty bad,? he said; however, the repairs were successful. Another customer lost his phone in a cement mixer. After some serious effort, the technicians were able to safely recover all of the important data, but the phone died a few hours later. As Wetherill pointed out, ?it did go through a cement mixer.? Some miracles just aren?t meant to be.
On the importance of a one-day turnaround time
Repairs at uBreakiFix?s store locations can often take as little as an hour, according to Wetherill. This is a critical part of the shops' focus?something Wetherill personally understands. If forced to choose between spending the weekend without his smartphone or his left arm, he jokes that he would pick the arm. ?Of course, this is assuming that there wouldn?t be any pain,? he laughs.
The simplest cocktails are alcoholic and nonalcoholic liquids swiftly stirred together into a new libation. During Miss Mixology Cocktail Course's hands-on sessions, a certified experienced bartender makes far more complicated cocktails seem just as simple. Spending up to two hours at clients' home, the bartender reveals the techniques behind crafting delectable spiked beverages.