Within ColorfulDreams4U’s newly renovated studio and retail space, a team of memory preservation experts immortalizes visitors’ likeliness during portrait sessions. With up to 24 backdrops available, owners Ron and Gloria can whisk their portrait subjects to exotic locales and landscapes without annoying photo bombs by the Grand Canyon. The studio’s various props—including school desks, picnic baskets, and fire trucks—also allow the skilled picture takers to create vivid, unique scenes. Along with in-studio photography, the duo also shoots weddings and sends its portable Betty in the Spotlight photo booths to birthday parties and special events. For a glimpse of some of their work, check out their online gallery.
While waiting for their photo sessions, clients can browse ColorfulDreams4u’s kaleidoscopic array of gifts, such as designer hats, steampunk jewelry, and pocket watches. The studio’s team also hand-wires one-of-a-kind crystal wedding bouquets with custom arrangements of semiprecious stones, crystals, beads, and flowers.
Keep it Green by Grounds Keeper, Inc.'s professionals restore order to outdoor spaces with services designed to keep landscapes green and patios polished. Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, they dole out tender loving care to turf with thatching and aeration services and by thwarting potentially harmful invasions by grubs, Japanese beetles, crabgrass, and pool salesmen. Membership with the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the Metropolitan Builders Association makes the team well-suited to tackle design projects ranging from stone-wall construction to the building of outdoor kitchens and fire pits. Colder months call them back to plots to help homeowners to shovel or plow their way out after heavy snowfalls.
In 1958, Guy Day and Dale Williams founded their mattress store with a focus on high-quality products and excellent customer service. After 10 years, the partners unveiled their line of handcrafted, personalized mattress sets under the name Verlo, a combination of their wives' names—Verna and Lois. After more than 40 years, the company has perfected its craft, manufacturing customized mattresses and selling them directly through their show rooms. The stock ranges from plush pillowtops to firm sets, both capable of supporting healthy sleeping patterns and cutthroat pillow fights for years to come.
The Exclusive Company—a Wisconsin-bred music-and-movie retailer—has given the gift of song since 1956, earning a Best of Milwaukee award from Shepherd Express readers in 2011. Passionate staffers guide visitors toward sprawling collections of rock and jazz and bins brimming with DVDs, Blu-Ray discs, and loose 8mm slides from Kenny G's summer vacation. In addition to peddling new vinyl releases such as El Camino by the Black Keys and Revolver by T-Pain, the shop functions as a trading post, helping to find loving homes for preowned films and music. All used discs are carefully buffed into shape before meeting their new owners, and each comes backed by a money-back guarantee, which promises store credit if a preowned item exhibits biting tendencies. Most used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl cost less than $20.
B.C. Photography crafts sessions suited to each client’s needs. They photograph families, couples, weddings, moms-to-be, and kids, offering packages that include large and small prints, as well as digital images for unlimited personal printing. From the family pet to the aspiring model, clients receive equally customized attention. During in-studio sessions, a green screen can create backgrounds of anything from the Pyramids to a Caribbean beach. Businesses can also seek B.C. Photography's photographers’ skills to artfully capture product images. For those seeking glamour shots, their licensed hair stylist and makeup artist can apply makeup and style hair into any fashion. All photos are snapped in high definition, ensuring every image develops in exquisite detail for all photo shoots.