Clic A Pic's booths help to liven up and whimsically document bridal showers, holiday parties, and corporate events. Each stand-up booth fits several guests comfortably in its 3’x5.5’x6.5’ dimensions, where guests use a touchscreen to notify the device when they’re ready. Within 12 seconds, the dye-sub printer churns out images in color, black and white, or sepia on a customizable photo strip.
The simple fact that Bridges Preschool has branched out to seven locations in a little more than 10 years speaks to the high caliber of its staff. Every teacher holds, or is close to completing, a degree in child development, early childhood education, or another related field. Plus, they must undergo a rigorous three- or four-part interview before they get the job.
But the preschool and kindergarten's rapid expansion must also be due in part to its unique curriculum, a large chunk of which relies on the Adventure Playgrounds at each of its schools. Inspired by learning playgrounds in Europe, each holds slightly different educational fixtures, such as a bird and butterfly habitat or a garden.
This happy and relaxed workplace has helped the center?s tight-knit clan achieve high-profile realty success in Arizona, sharing the top spot on Phoenix Business Journal?s 2011 Top 10 Brokers list, as well as nabbing a top 50 ranking on Realtor magazine?s 2008 Top 100 list. Aside from selling properties and helming their team of achieved agents, the owners teach real-estate-license training courses, aiding wannabe realtors in grasping the concepts of buying, selling, and trading property for a slightly used Barbie dream house.
The third-generation jewelers at Christian Taylor Jewelers & Gold Stash Jewelers display one-of-a-kind baubles and quality luxury brands in shops that also repair, appraise, and purchase customer jewelry. A husband-and-wife team founded the company's original Gold Stash stores, which quickly gained the trust of customers as the knowledgeable staff deftly decorated bodies with more bling than the Tin Man during his rap career. Experts in gems, silver, and gold, the couple branched into Christian Taylor stores, where artists forge custom-designed rings and necklaces based on customer whimsy. Storefronts display rare pieces, such as Ceylon sapphires or Egyptian ring pops, as well as works by established brands such as Love Links, Soldier to Soldier, and Pandora, a line of chic charm bracelets and stackable rings.
The zombie-themed Queen Creek Running Dead 5K has a greater purpose than scaring participants into running from the undead hordes hungry for brains. The race—held the weekend before Halloween—benefits local schools by funneling the proceeds to the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation for scholarships and teacher grants.
Boasting a 100% cage-free environment and over 8,000 total sq. feet, Gilbert Dogs 24/7 & Chandler Dogs 24/7 keep pups active as they romp around in open playrooms supervised by well-trained staff on grounds open 24 hours a day. The boarding facility screens every dog during a behavioral evaluation conducted prior to admission. All pooches that pass are free to run around the daycare gnawing on toys, crafting canine art, and acquiring best friends who don’t ever demand that they fetch newspapers or platters bearing three-course meals. Supervising staff members are certified dog lovers and have completed an Interpreting Dog Body Language seminar to help diffuse potential conflicts in the playroom, and film videos of pups having fun to show to returning owners. For clients leaving their pups for an extended period, the facility’s overnight boarding service allows owners to rest easy knowing that an overnight staff member is always on hand to comfort canines after nightmares of losing at poker. The shop rounds out its canine-comforting service menu with shuttle rides to appointments or puppy field trips, courses in obedience training, and spa grooming sessions in which pups are washed, dried, and brushed until coats gleam with a healthy shine.