Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Marianna’s stocks rhinestone-adorned wares ranging from flashy jeans and sandals to handbags for both women and girls. LA Idol jeans ($48.95) and a black-and-pink hoodie ($29.95) are among the many casual-chic garments crowding the racks. Stylish Yellow Box sandals ($45) appease basement-dwelling toes that yearn to see the sun, and the shop's array of handbags—most of which are priced at $45—threatens to bury indecisive shoppers under an avalanche of choices. Bling costume jewelry ($8¬–$20), along with hair accessories and cell-phone cases, all sport numerous sparkly gems to help guests convincingly impersonate disco balls.
The savvy buyers at Special Occasions & Gifts scour the globe to secure an eclectic mix of both old-fashioned and modern embellishments for homes and humans. Provide shelter for sugar or secret stashes of gumballs with a covered bowl from The GG Collection ($32). A hand-forged, wrought-iron napkin holder from Bella Toscana cradles cocktail napkins ($56), or scare them silly with a pair of burning candles nestled in the coordinating candle holder ($66). Elegant metal scrollwork adds flourish to a desktop tape dispenser ($36), and fragrance-infused Tyler candles come in a variety of sizes and styles.
Bari Olive Oil has been milling and vending extra virgin olive oil and other gourmet gifts for more than 50 years. Shoppers can soak lucky tonsils in the olive oil used to prepare meals at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. Infused olive oils, available in flavors such as lemon or garlic (both $17.99 for 500 ml), add unexpected flair to effete dishes, and the Bari gourmet certified-organic extra virgin olive oil ($19.49 for 500 ml) properly lubricates customers from head to toe in preparation of a rousing rugby game.
FootMotion swaddles the ambulatory extremities of men, women, and children in fashionable footwear—spoiling soles with Skechers, Reebok, and Adidas brands while deftly defending its title as one of Central Valley’s largest independent Nike dealers. Exercise one's hard-won right to tread off the beaten path (pending Congressional approval) in Nike Free Walkers ($89.99+), or practice slow dancing in zero gravity with a pair of Nike LunarGlide+ 2s ($99.99+) so that you're ready for this year's Space Prom. Otherwise, pounce on a pair of Pumas ($39.99+) or store one's heels inside a cushy container from Bebe Sport, Converse, or Ed Hardy.
A Double Gold Medal award winner for its 2007 Lucas Vineyard Zinfandel at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, Ramos Torres Winery produces several Central Valley–grown wines under the direction of Oscar Ramos, who holds a degree in enology and a minor in enosophy (the study of wine's thoughts). An in-store wine tasting will let you and a beverage buddy tiptoe your taste buds through a selection of Ramos's varietals and fermented concoctions, which include the 2007 Vino Tinto, a careful blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, and petit sirah. The 2007 Branches brims with intense fruit flavors, delighting palates with its blackberry notes and toasty finish, while the 2009 Conversations blends apricot aromas, muscat blanc, and the citrus sensations of orange muscat—tailor-made for sipping atop a bucking bronco. To keep vino-tasters from floating away and damaging the store's new ceiling fans, Ramos Torres Winery will weigh down wine-soaked bellies with a hearty spread of appetizers, including an assortment of artisan cheese and meats, seasonal fruits and vegetables, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and crostini.