I Am An Artist fosters a creative, café-accented venue for ambitious aesthetes to paint their own original artwork. Individual crafters can decorate a ceramic blank canvas (a bisque) by choosing from a plethora of unfired pieces (up to a $23 value), and daubing, pointilizing, or pollocking swathes of color across its nubile surface using lead-free paint, designs, and techniques from an included studio fee ($7). If the bisque you choose costs more than $23 you can use your Groupon toward the piece and pay the difference. After decorating your piece, the veneered vessel is finished in a kiln, emerging from its fiery womb as glossy, adorable, and confused as a newborn foal. Artists can receive their finished work at the shop or through the mail in the following week.
The photographers at Acalon Studios specialize in a range of styles. They snap shots at weddings, or stay in the studio and help aspiring models create portfolios. They also capture sensual and flirtatious shots during boudoir and glamour shoots. To get the most out of these photography sessions, Acalon's staffers can apply makeup and style their clients' hair.
Though he's based in Miami, documentary photographer Cesar Quijada traces his roots to Venezuela. That country's lush forests and sprawling mountain ranges must have left an indelible impression on Quijada, whose work evinces a refined taste for nature's aesthetic beauty.
Of course, the bustling city of Miami presents plenty of photo opportunities that extend beyond the natural world. Quijada has especially taken to wedding photography, drawing on his documentarian instincts as he spends entire days snapping shots of couples and their guests. He also offers intimate, on-location portraits of subjects posing on the beach or messing up the papers in their boss's office.
Bye-Bye Dirt Cleaning's technicians help clients maintain tidy homes with cleaning services for floors, carpets, upholstery, and AC vents. The staff tidies up marble and hardwood floors, refinishes tile and grout, and steam-cleans carpets. Other services include sealing driveway pavement, pressure washing, interior car cleaning, and boat cleaning.
Freshly back from vacation, a customer walks expectantly into the room. A golden retriever bounds clumsily up, its tongue flapping a rosy greeting and mouth stretched far back into a smile. When the dog’s owner takes up the leash, thanks the staff for caring for her energetic pup, and turns to leave, she feels a tug on the leash. Her dog has planted his feet firmly, trying to back into a sitting position—clearly, he wants them both to stay put.
According to proprietor Lisa Schettino, this is an everyday occurrence at Camp Canine. After a difficult experience finding pet care for her own dog, Lisa set out to create an environment that would not only keep critters safe, but make them want to stay. Now, each Camp Canine location has a resort-style atmosphere sprawled over 9,000–15,000 square feet.
Stressed four-legged friends wiggle with glee during massages, shedding stress from squeaky toys giving them the silent treatment. Against a bass rumble of purring, punctuated by canine yips, green-tea and chamomile facials drive dirt from wrinkled faces and soften wiry fur. As they wait for their next spa appointment, dogs can roam freely in a fenced-in play lot. After tearing through a maze of tunnels and obstacles, they splash into the pool and emerge to toss their cool, wet fur, bejeweling the air with spray. An air-conditioned indoor play area shelters pets from extreme heat and teenagers listening to vacuums at high volume..
Owners too can rest at ease during their pets’ vacation, knowing their animals lounge in private rooms with plush bedding and staff watching 24 hours a day. They check up on their furry friends via scheduled Skype sessions and various webcams set up throughout the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale facilities. Those locations also pick up and drop off pets that haven’t yet learned how to operate a manual transmission.
A father walking a bride down the aisle. A line of groomsmen, all sporting sunglasses. Newlyweds kissing on the waterfront. As a wedding photographer, Marilyn Garcia specializes in capturing scenes like these. However, her versatile talent allows her to just as deftly compose tasteful boudoir shots of women—using accessories from boxing gloves to boas—and create enduring family portraits. In fact, family photography introduced Marilyn to the camera in the first place. During Marilyn’s childhood, her mother shot a steady stream of candids, at birthdays, parties, and on trips, capturing familial closeness without holding every family dinner in a photo booth.