Betty Stuart always had a talent for documentation. After graduating from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism in 1940, Stuart applied her shrewd journalistic eye to the field of photography. As she took on more professional jobs, she honed her skills behind the lens and learned how to blend into the background of weddings and other events so as not to interfere with candid moments.
Before long, Stuart joined forces with her husband, John Boyd Rodgers, to found Stuart-Rodgers Photography. The nascent company soon added corporate, commercial, and school photography to its list of services and, due to high demand for the couple’s innovative journalistic approach, expanded to three locations throughout Chicagoland. Today, Stuart-Rodgers's team of professional photographers maintains elements of Stuart’s original photographic vision in every shot, including her knack for capturing angles that draw attention away from subjects’ unflattering tentacles.
As their name implies, Greenwise specializes in 100% eco-friendly landscaping services. Their maintenance packages for residential or commercial lawns use sustainable, renewable alternative products to keep Mother Nature from giving them a stern lecture. Propane- or electric-driven mowers trim grass with low amounts of emissions and their grass seed is fused with beneficial fungi that nourish turf without the need for added chemicals. Additionally, their fertilizers use nutrient-rich compost comprised of molasses and yeast, and weeds and harmful insects are eliminated with nontoxic, all-natural products.
Greenwise’s devotion to lowering carbon footprints extends to their landscaping design as well. They plant organic gardens that blossom with fresh fruits and vegetables to add aesthetic beauty to yards and cut down on trips to the grocer. They are also proponents of working with native flora, which make for a more sustainable garden and attract native birds and butterflies to yards to entertain bored lawn ornaments.
For more than two decades, American Mattress has promoted peaceful slumber in bedchambers throughout the Midwest with their vast selection of mattresses, headboards, and linens. The sleep experts strive to stay abreast of the latest bedding technology: their Serta mattresses are made with gel foam that supports curves, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses repel allergens, mites, and poltergeists looking to spoon. This devotion to a good night’s sleep has helped them earn the title of Best Mattress Store from suburban Chicago’s Daily Herald five years in a row. Additionally, American Mattress doubles down on each of its beds with a 30-day comfort guarantee and a 60-day best-price guarantee.
As she moved up the ranks from copywriter to editor to executive recruiter for numerous Fortune 500 companies, JC R?sum?s founder J. Melissa Cooper wrote millions of words and refined hundreds of r?sum?s. Today, she uses that experience to lead a band of staffing- and recruiting-savvy wordsmiths, who craft new r?sum? from scratch, tune up existing ones, and draft cover letters infused with interview-attracting pheromones. Without the use of templates, these professional r?sum? writers compose custom documents for a variety of workforce ranks?from tenderfoot to VP?and federal specialists focus on r?sum?s for government agencies. The company maintains a 99.4% client-satisfaction rate, and the founder and her proofing team diligently review drafts for quality control.
At Follow Your Nose, pets experience the equivalent of a combination department store, upscale eatery, and spa made just for them. When it comes to snack time, the crew that runs the shop bakes housemade, gluten-free cookies for pets and stocks savory treats made with free-range, grass-fed, and hormone-free meats. As customers shop, they encounter useful pet wares that include gentle, coconut-based shampoos, hand-knit sweaters, and memory-foam beds that combine stain-resistant fabrics with fashionable patterns. Sitters are also available to come to pets' homes to care for them while their owners are away. As a mark of their dedication, Follow Your Nose provides services every day of the year, even when their storefront is closed on major holidays such as Pet Thanksgiving.
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