Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
Sun Tan City’s trained tanning consultants help clients get bronzed via UV-free tanning booths and ergonomic tanning beds. Guests can schedule a single visit to touch up an existing tan, purchase a multivisit package to get a discounted rate, or become a member to take advantage of the salon’s 100% guarantee.
One of the first in the business of self-development, the origins of Nightingale Conant stretch back to World War II. Earl Nightingale was a serviceman assigned to the USS Arizona—and was one of only 100 to survive the attack on Pearl Harbor. Convinced he had been spared for a reason, Earl became obsessed with the secret of success. Why would one person find wealth and prosperity, another remain uneducated and penniless, and still another pay for everything in nickels? Late one night in 1956, Earl was struck with an idea, and woke up to write down what would become his biggest success: The Strangest Secret. In 1960, fellow WWII veteran Lloyd Conant joined forces with Nightingale, and the two formed Nightingale Conant, a global enterprise dedicated to disseminating positive psychology through radio, books, and now, the internet.
Maple's Leather Furniture enshrines sitters in thrones of supple full-grain leather, eight-way hand-tied coils, and—in most cases—sturdy skeletons of kiln-dried hardwoods. The company's signature line, Green Leaf, contracts private furniture makers to concoct couch confections, including rich chocolate-brown Manfred sofas ($1,799), and its weathered Coronado chairs offer wide button-puckered backs to cradle Disney-movie marathon watchers ($1,880). Maple's Leather Furniture can ship swatches to prospective clients who want to match couches to their underwater grotto's seaweed-themed décor, and shipping varies depending on the location of the aforementioned grotto.
Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Preferred Mountain Real Estate lodges visitors year-round in cozy condo retreats. The fully furnished condos can sleep up to six people or three clones of President Taft and coddle guests with jacuzzi tubs, full kitchens, satellite television, and chances for excursions into the surrounding mountains. Crisscrossed by scenic hiking and cycling trails in the spring, summer, and fall, and by brisk ski runs in the winter, the picturesque peaks are filled with opportunities for adventure and excitement amid their dense forestry.