Flops & Socks' specialty boutique decks out toes and ankles in sandals from brands such as Cobian, Rainbow, Flojos, and Havaianas. Within the tidy shop of stone-tile floors, black lacquered wood, and dark red decor, designer flip-flops hang from the walls, and adorable toe socks and holiday-themed socks cover calves in fun stripes and bold colors. The ample selection of open-air shoes of fabric, leather, and foam is perfect for cultivating a look that says, "I am a laid-back beach lover" or "My feet are terrified of the dark." As its employees match feet to patterned and printed sandals, Flops & Socks helps out those in abject poverty with shoe drives to charitable organizations such as Soles 4 Souls.
Though deep cleaning carpets with powerful, nontoxic steam is Carpet Transformers’ mainstay, its crew of cleaners can do much, much more. They can restore upholstery to like-new condition with various techniques, including hot-water extraction. And outside the realm of cleaning, they can repair or restretch carpet and reverse the effects of water damage.
At Action Bartending School, instructors with more than five years of behind-the-bar experience train pupils in bartending fundamentals. During private workshops or classes that are capped at six, students practice their cocktail-making skills at their own station in an actual bar environment. They’ll learn what glasses to use for cocktails, how to make garnishes, and ways to signal their piano players to switch over to the minor key when a bad guy enters. Within one week, students graduate with their certification, at which point Action Bartending School assists them in finding a full-time bartending job.
Kelli Cordes, owner and designer for KC Designs, introduces California style and Southern charm to Savannah homes by transforming dull interiors into warm, livable spaces. Whether redesigning a single room or a whole house, she works with customers' budgets to pick out affordable paint and furnishings such as custom pillows and drapery. After in-depth consultations, Kelli decorates spaces to look traditional, transitional, or modern using unique lamps, patterned area rugs, and robotic dogs that double as footstools.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
No matter how long customers rent a digital-technology-equipped vintage booth from The Classic Photo Booth, they all receive the same wealth of services. Each spacious booth's camera snaps a series of color and black-and-white shots, which emerge from printers within 10–15 seconds. Prints can be assembled into a complementary scrapbook for each event's host, and a digital version of every image is burned onto an include CD. Rentals can also add customized logos printed onto every photo and, for an additional fee, a box of props such as wigs and mustaches. Booths are promptly delivered, set up, and disassembled by an onsite attendant, who mans the booth while decked out in tuxedo-style dress so a tech-savvy penguin can take their place in case of an emergency.
Since banding together in 1979, the historians at Atlanta Preservation Center have helped ward off packs of angry bulldozers from more than 175 endangered buildings. Working alongside local government, businesses, and community leaders, the preservation team has saved elaborate structures including the Peters House and Winecoff Hotel. In addition, its headquarters—the 1856 Grant Mansion in Grant Park—is one of just three antebellum houses left in Atlanta and the team is currently working to restore the building to its architecturally accurate origins. When it isn’t keeping delicate treasures from crumbling, the Atlanta Preservation Center leads walking tours of historic areas and tells embarrassing stories from the days when the city’s buildings were just a bunch of baby bricks.