In Stuart Alexander's perfect world, every garden is a wonderland. Blades of grass form an undisturbed carpet of green, flowers burst with intense color and fragrant smells, and trees provide shady havens for weary travelers. Now, after spending years as an event planner and designer, Stuart works his artistry outside as part of 5th Room Landscapes. Working with seasoned landscapers and garden experts, Stuart's team oversees all facets of domestic plant life, from designing and installing gardens to maintaining creations throughout all seasons yet to come. Their spaces are as usable as they are beautiful, encouraging homeowners to spend more time barbecuing in the summer, leaf-peeping in the autumn, and protecting the yard from territorial hockey players in the winter.
Capture The Moment Photography's professional shutterbugs distill memories into stunning pictures captured, edited and printed by an experienced photographer. Couples celebrate impending nuptials with wedding portrait packages, and starry-eyed high-school seniors celebrate their amble into adulthood with flattering senior photos that incorporate props, such as a graduation cap tricked out with hydraulics. Families freeze heartwarming split seconds during baby, children, and reunion photo shoots that yield tangible printings, as well as viewable online galleries and DVD slideshows.
The Overland Park Convention Center kicks off summer with the Just for Her Event, where can women shop, expand their knowledge on topics such as health and wellness, and peruse more than 200 exhibitors. Booths showcase the latest in summer fashions from local boutiques, as well as luxurious spa services at area oases. Some lucky attendees will win daily raffle prizes and shopping sprees, which are much nicer rewards than the typical shopper’s prize: a free paper bag.
The Des Moines Business Record releases weekly publications intended to enrich the Central Iowan business and cultural communities with well-researched information as well as in-depth discussion regarding recent commerce developments. Updates and editorials deeply delve into key industries including health, culture, technology, and Bee Gee’s tribute bands. Those looking to read up on local movers-and-shakers and financial outlooks can peruse the magazine's Real Estate, Law & Government, and Technology sections, each written with the magazine's authoritative voice. Local organized events, made known to subscribers, give a forum for speakers to address both local and national issues. Upcoming Business Record events include the annual Women of Influence ceremony, which honors ten Central Iowan innovators from a variety of spheres, and the Power Breakfast Series of discussions, which encourage discourse between, and among, panel and audience members alike.
The year was 1902, and young Edwin Thomas Meredith was about to get married. His grandfather had a special nuptial gift to give: a handful of $20 coins to buy a controlling interest in the family newspaper, the Farmer's Tribune. Attached to the paper's debt-filled finance sheet was a note that said "Sink or swim," so E.T. Meredith strapped on his proverbial scuba flippers. Just over a decade later, subscriptions for Meredith's debut magazine Successful Farming were up from 500 to more than 500,000. In 1922, the company launched Fruit, Garden and Home—renamed Better Homes and Gardens in 1924—and a publishing powerhouse made its national debut.
More than a century after its founding, Meredith Corporation remains rooted in the old-fashioned ideals that E.T. held to on his wedding day. Their line-up, however, has evolved to suit the times. Alongside Better Homes and Gardens, Meredith publishes the wellness-oriented cooking magazine Eating Well, regionally focused magazines such as Midwest Living and Country Life, and the Spanish-language monthlies Siempre Mujer and Ser Padres. Of course, they stick with the stuff that works, too. Successful Farming is still going strong, and Talkin' Bout Talkies only folded last year when silent pictures made a comeback. Rooted in the past, but always reaching toward the future, Meredith's magazines keep old traditions alive and vibrant.
Sam Taylor knows nothing lasts forever. But his use of 100-year archival photo paper ensures that, at the very least, his photos and the memories they arrest will last a long time. With this in mind, he captures clients in in-studio and on-location photo shoots, eschewing photo clichés for unique shots that bring out individuals' personalities. His made-to-last prints are coated to protect them from sunlight, finger oils, and burning gazes of admiration.