Though Loretta Kay's subjects range from tiny frogs to wedding parties, she always tries to frame them using the same device: natural light. Her love of the sun leads to ethereal outdoor portraits for all ages, which she edits and stores on convenient DVDs. Her photo shoots preserve the poses of engaged couples, high-school seniors, and family groups, as well as pets, but her Pretty Things gallery best represents how she finds wonder in the world's smaller objects. Here, chickadees perch on feeders and flowers bring color to windowsills, a focused contrast to more sprawling shots of beach scenery.
When Joseph Pilates first developed his fitness system, he worked with bedridden patients, removing their beds’ bedsprings and attaching those springs to the walls. In order to build their core strength, he encouraged them to push against the coils. At Align Pilates, owner Loralee Stephens carries on Pilates’s tradition with her own array of nontraditional fitness equipment. Her studio’s Pilates reformers, the modern incarnation of Pilates’s bedsprings, provide resistance for full-body toning exercises. Straps hang from the studio’s ceiling, which students use for airborne pushups, sit-ups, and stretches in TRX suspension classes, rather than just for elaborately hanging up their coats. Even during more stripped-down sessions with only a mat for equipment, Stephens and her team fulfill Pilates’s mission of strengthening cores and building long, lean muscle.
A family-centric salon, Spa Fabulous specializes in the beautification of mothers and daughters by offering adult and child spa treatments. Clients can partake of hair, nail, and facial treatments, or opt for a spa party, which lets partiers prance down a glitter runway showing off new coifs and nails. The salon also offers a lineup of craft activities as well as ear piercings, feather extensions, and Shellac nail polishings.
The gentle clatter of past tea parties seems to drift from colorful china cups and saucers on tables worn smooth by years of loving care. At LuLu's Fine Home Furnishings & Consignments, Liz Bradley curates 6,000 square feet of vintage furniture and accessories like these. Her inspiration comes from her great-grandmother LuLu Devaney, who helped her to forge her own aesthetic outlook. The parade of lore-steeped vintage items that passes through the shop has included painted oriental screens, Victorian-era chaise lounges, and classic paintings. In addition to connecting her clients with their dream pieces of furniture and décor, Bradley offers her services as a design consultant to help to add a measure of quirk and easy grace to dining rooms or find a sofa heavy enough to put on a magic carpet that has been grounded. Patrons complement retail excursions with a trip to the popular in-store photo booth which is outfitted with its own collection of pose-worthy props.
Omega’s cleaners follow a detailed six-step process to ensure carpets are thoroughly cleansed. They carefully inspect all areas to be cleaned before vacuuming, pretreating, and steam cleaning with portable hot-water-extraction equipment. It’s a system designed to clean deeply and to dry within two to four hours. Their services also include cleaning of home, office, and automobile upholstery.