CADSPRO—short for Computer and Digital Support Professionals—convenes a team well-versed in a litany of computer and networking solutions. The knowledgeable staff resuscitates systems coked by inefficient software and malicious viruses, and disk recovery and backup services retrieve important documents and other data swallowed in a digital black hole. The smart team can also design and build secure networks, attractive websites, and nonflammable firewalls.
With 130 landscaped acres, an indoor arena, and an expansive outdoor arena, Rooker Training Stable has room for aspiring steed whisperers of all ages, experience levels, and disciplines. During each one-hour lesson, experienced instructors and friendly stallions instill apprentice jockeys with the confidence and know-how to connect with their equine companions without morphing into centaurs. In addition to a solid grounding in trotting tactics, students absorb the fundamentals of grooming and tacking horses pre- and post-riding. Groupon holders can request to take lessons with others, but each rider must have her or his own Groupon.
Train tracks used to run right along The Holly Hotel, making the three-story redbrick building a hub of social activity throughout the early 20th century. Civic and social groups held meetings and demonstrations, transients spent the night, and opera goers shined their monocles in the hotel’s opulent parlors after shows at Baird’s Opera House, situated just a mile south.
Today, this Queen Anne–style structure is no longer a hotel, but an acclaimed restaurant and venue. The hotel's architecture, along with its historical charm, persist, even after a fire in 1913 and again—65 years later to the date—in 1978. The elegant interior’s plaster walls, tin ceilings, and custom millwork date back to 1913 and before, while much of the wood, railing, tile, and glass are salvaged from the second blaze.
Although its architecture helped The Holly Hotel grab a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its unique stories also supplied historic credibility. For instance, in 1908, Carry Nation and a flock of pro-Temperance supporters attacked drinkers at the hotel; Nation swatted bar goers on the head with her umbrella and even smashed whiskey bottles with an ax.
Modern-day visitors do not face such antagonism. Instead, they enjoy elegant meals composed of fresh, free-range ingredients at the restaurant, where chefs plate beef wellington, braised pork cheeks over hawaiian fingerlings, and lamb strip loin baked in green oregano. On Sundays, the kitchen team puts on an elegant brunch, featuring a spread of farm-raised goose, peel-and-eat shrimp, and made-to-order omelets. Fridays and Saturdays are a time for laughs; guffaws spill over from the comedy club as guests enjoy cracks by headliners from cities from Los Angeles to New York. Of course, sometimes the laugher may just be coming from one of the hotel’s lingering spirits.
The Dirt Hunter targets grit and grime in all its likeliest places, including carpet, tile, grout, and windows. Staffers of the owner-operated, family-run business only use family-safe, eco-friendly products to scour floors and windows until they’re spotless. They also annihilate stains and odors from pets or that pesky neighbor who keeps throwing fish-flavored Jell-O molds through your dining-room window. Technicians are also available for emergency restorations if home flood damage occurs, using the latest equipment to pump out water and clear out mold, mildew, and bacteria.
As the mother of two grown daughters, Linda Houston knows firsthand how important and how difficult it can be to schedule a family portrait. The professional photographer has been helping memorialize images of loved ones since 1988, capturing in-studio portraits and on-location shoots for weddings and other special events. The team's unhurried style translates into dynamic senior shots, endearing black-and-white images, and frame-worthy prints of beloved family pets and horses.
Lori Taylor finds it easy to sum up what's unique about her photography business—"We want people to not only love their photos, but also to love their photographers." Initially, the lifelong photography hobbyist spent 20 years as a restaurant manager, learning the value of personalized customer service. It's a value system she still practices, diligently manning the LA's Photography phones seven days a week in addition to running photo shoots. Each of the photographers on Lori's team of photographers specializes in a particular kind of photography that ensure each of the studio's yearly 150–200 graduation gigs, 45–65 weddings, and multitude of family portraits shines uniquely. Lori personally listens to clients describe their needs before matching them up with the specific photographer on staff whose skills are best suited to the occasion in mind. The resulting harmonious relationship between subject and photographer seems to be what drives the company's wealth of referral business. "We've never really needed to advertise," says the cheerful owner, who mostly acquires clientele via word of mouth and by defeating other photographers with her darkroom jujitsu.
It’s no surprise that a place called Healthier New You specializes in helping clients look and feel better. What’s more intriguing is how the spa’s owner and operator Rose actually accomplishes this. For starters, she uses an exclusive body-slimming wrap to reduce cellulite and tighten skin in sessions of up to two hours, using herbal ingredients to treat the face as well as the body. Her other beautifying services include an advanced treatment called microcurrent therapy, which uses a new machine to tone and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of blemishes and firming contours.