Protecting memories is a difficult enough task, but Framing by Art Galaxy also ensures that those memories remain worth admiring. The staffers can preserve diplomas or family photographs within a classic black frame. They also work with clients on custom jobs, recommending particular frames and matting to generate the desired look. These finished frames and shadow boxes correspond with patrons' needs and goals, and involve everything from acid-free mounting to UV-blocking museum glass to protect the piece. Most projects take less than one week to complete, allowing clients to quickly frame a picture or a memento for the refrigerators in each room of their homes.
Before Irene Abdou became a full-time professional shutterbug, she labored for humanitarian causes and non-profits in Africa and Asia. She pours her experience with the gritty realities of life into each image she captures, imbuing them with sophisticated photojournalistic qualities that speak to both activists and art aficionados. Her work has been honored and published by organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund), the Global Health Council, the National Parks Conservation Association, and Traveller Magazine. Irene was named a selected artist at the 2008 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, which was sponsored by Agora Gallery New York. To continue her work as a travel photographer, she received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. In an effort to stay true to her philanthropic roots, Irene donates to Operation Smile—a charity that provides volunteer surgeries to children suffering from facial deformities in developing countries.
In addition to these accolades and pursuits, Irene has also been acknowledged for her ability to document personal milestones. She won Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice Award in 2011 and 2012. Besides the knot-tying ceremonies, her portfolio chronicles each point around the circle of life, from the birth of a new child to baptisms, mitzvahs, engagements, and anniversaries. To help consumers discern between photogs and fauxtogs, she offers a guide to choosing a photographer entitled The 5 Fundamental Concepts, which answers important questions such as "What can I do if my photographer turns out to be a scarecrow?"
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Butch Bernstein gave up the corporate world to follow his passion for photography, opening IMB Images Photography in 2007. During sessions, Butch strives to capture his subjects’ natural essence and eschews stiff, traditional composition for more lighthearted posing. His portfolio showcases this easy-going bent with outdoor shots of kids in the grass, in-studio family portraiture, and mini-box sessions that squeeze subjects into white cubes to produce a collage of unique images that fit nicely on any mantelpiece or highway billboard.
A water-survival instructor for more than three decades, Rita Goldberg established the British Swim School following a career on Great Britain's national swim team. Children age 3 months (with a parent) and older can hone their gill skills during the school's 30-minute swimming lessons. Beginners start by learning how to float on their backs—a crucial technique that lets swimmers rest, breathe, and spot life-preserver-shaped clouds. Classes, which are taught year-round in the locations with heated indoor pools, consist of small groups of students learning techniques from the basics to more advanced swim strokes.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.