In the shadow of national monuments and blooming trees, a chorus of camera shutters click while photographers usher once-fleeting moments into eternity. Premier Photo Tours' staff helps foster such experiences, giving shooters skills with which to go after their photographic pursuits. Each a combination of instructor and guide, the company's camera pros lead themed walks around town that teach kids and adults how to frame scenic shots or get a stubborn art sculpture to smile. Deeper instruction comes in the form of Photo Mentor classes for photographers who want to take a more artistic and technically savvy approach in any stage of their photography development. During any of Premier's sessions, snappers have the opportunity to build community with one another around their budding talents, which can be enhanced on group travel excursions to some of the world's most photogenic locales.
With an interest in fine art and a dream of owning his own business, Rick Turner felt like he didn’t quite belong at his job with the federal government. So, in 1973, Rick left his office gig behind and took a risk by opening his own shop. Settling into a quaint historic building, Rick enlisted his sister Lorraine to work in the shop. When the two started feeding large frame mouldings through a back window, they realized they needed a bigger space.
Today, at Turner Framing locations in Sterling and Seneca Square, the certified picture framers preserve children's artwork, needlepoint pieces, photographs, diplomas, and hole-in-one golf balls with museum-quality materials similar to those used in protecting King Tut's vacation photos.
Fairfax Cooling and Heating Company's team of certified, insured, and licensed technicians installs and maintains home temperature and water systems. They can repair air-conditioning systems, perform boiler service, and install water heaters, with 24/7 emergency service in case an indoor snowstorm hits during the night. Diligence in completing jobs within quoted times helps clients avoid overtime charges.
With its large windows, high ceilings, and 6,200 square feet of frolicking space, Healthy Hound Playground strives to convince pups that they're always outdoors. The facility's play areas are divided into three cage-free sections where dogs of similar size, activity level, and political leanings can mingle together. Humans enrich their play during daycare sessions with one-on-one activities such as Frisbee fetch or a 2-mile run. At night, pooches can hunker down on elevated cots inside private Canine Cottages. All of them get tucked in beneath cozy fleece blankets, but various boarding packages boast different amenities, from cuddle time to email updates for pet owners.
The interior-design experts behind Home and Holiday Designs share insight into all manner of projects to help clients transform their homes. The pros can set clients on the right track with an interior-design consultation, or take the reins and complete a full room makeover according to the client's wishes. Their de-cluttering services bring order to messy rooms, and their real-estate staging services make homes more appealing to prospective buyers.
Kamp Pendleton Personal Training draws its moniker from certified trainer Daryl Pendleton, who Northern Virginia Magazine named best personal trainer of 2008 and whose gym readers' said had the best athletic aura in 2009. Before they select one of six training programs, Daryl encourages clients to consider their goals, whether to tighten and tone, lose weight, or train for a sport such as basketball or marathoning. Once committed to a program, cadres of 10 to 15 exercisers dominate boot-camp-style exercises over 30 minutes, including cardio circuits and free weights. Daryl's fitness facility boasts expansive space, professional equipment, and its own doppler radar.
Invisalign straightens crooked chompers through a combination of highly advanced, 3-D computer graphics and the spells of good old-fashioned orthodontia. Three different practices feature orthodontists specially trained and certified in the Invisalign process, which eschews cumbersome braces for clear, removable aligners that are virtually invisible to the unclothed eye. An initial exam, including x-rays, photos, and impressions of your mouth terrain ($325), will pave the way for a flurry of calibrated teeth sheaths that are designed to slowly shift your walnut crackers into perfect alignment. The total cost of an Invisalign treatment varies with each customer (it can run anywhere from $4,000 to $8,000); this Groupon gets you $1,000 to put toward that final cost. View some Invisalign FAQs here.