If Ramona Lisa Abner ever goes to the Louvre, she'll probably get arrested for filling in the Mona Lisa's sparse brows. That's because Ramona—also known as Mona Lisa—embellishes facial features with permanent-makeup services. During each one-hour session, Mona imbues lips, lids, and brows with subtle shades that don't smudge after long days or encounters with moisture. She can also adorn cheeks with blush, camouflage irregular pigments, hide scars, and create Marilyn Monroe–style beauty marks. When she isn't sprucing up her clients, she hosts a five-day training course, an apprenticeship program, and a continuing-education class to help both new and experienced artists hone their permanent-makeup skills.
Mechanized towers stand along the shoreline of Wake Nation Cincinnati's 10-acre lake, steering riders across the water as they grip cables rather than lines attached to boats. Cruising clockwise from the cables, up to seven people at a time can wakeboard, water ski, kneeboard, or waterskate around the aquatic arena at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Wake Nation designed the main lake for everyone from beginners to elite-level riders, and peppered it with manmade obstacles and floating jumps, allowing boarders to zip along and pull off tricks that sometimes aren’t possible behind a boat. They also have a smaller practice lake for beginners and young riders from 5 years old and up.
Experienced staff members observe boarders at all times, supplying safety tips, training, and navigational advice for circumventing Poseidon’s rose bushes. Visitors can bring their own equipment, or rent or buy necessary gear from Wake Nation’s pro shop. A cast of instructors lead lessons and observe riders during freestyle riding, fun summer camps, and special events such as birthday parties.
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades W.G. Kitchen & Bar, a Wine Guy company, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
jcpenney portraits' professional photographers 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. Following the shoot, customers and friendly photogs pore over digital frames to select which pictures are worthy of being immortalized onto six single-image enhanced sheets in a variety of sizes; customers can choose a different pose for each photo sheet, for a total of six poses. Customers receive one 10”x13”, two 8”x10”, two 5”7”, four 3.5”x5”, eight wallet-size, and one specialty-size (10”x10” or smaller) Be Squared portrait, all of which are ready to be wall-mounted alongside each other in a courageous declaration of self-love. A CD with one high-resolution image is also included. Customers may take an additional 40% off any purchases made that day.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.