In 1976, busy California mother Joan Barnes wanted nothing more than to find a play place where she and her kids could enjoy age-appropriate, educational activities. Finding none, she developed her own innovative play environment within a developmental-based program structure now known as Gymboree Play & Music. Today, kids tumble and learn in more than 650 locations in 33 countries around the world, engaging in open play and classes designed to build cognitive and motor skills. As parents participate in their child’s development, their child learns to paint, play music, and interact socially outside of preschool knitting circles.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
FastFrame's artistic staff beautifies the boundaries of photographs, paintings, and 3-D keepsakes with custom frames forged of thousands of molding, glass, and mat options. FastFrame’s collection of small, medium, and large shadowboxes enclose valuable mementos in 3 inches of depth, enough space to enshrine prize ribbons, baby shoes, or Peter Pan’s ever-elusive shadow. Diplomas rest behind double-matted conservation mounting, and sports-jersey cases show off treasured uniforms. Framers can also construct sturdy custom homes for paintings and cut mats to outline artwork with complementary flair. Many projects start at around $100, but prices vary greatly, depending on size, scope, and if the framed goods are pilfered from the Louvre. Under FastFrame’s Preservation Plus program, frame artisans quarantine artwork in an acid-free environment, preserving the work for safe future removal in a method that meets the Library of Congress’s requirements.
Simply put, the Rhino Tree Service team is passionate about the preservation of trees. They also understand the danger that damaged, diseased, and dead trees pose to people, buildings, and vehicles. The green-thumbed grounds crew typically removes trees piece by piece—as opposed to hacking and yelling "Timber!" at unsuspecting passersby—to avoid damaging customers' lawns. Customers also call on Rhino Tree Service for other landscaping projects, including tree trimming, land clearing, and stump grinding.
Kids 'R' Kids fosters a secure, loving environment in which children can cultivate educational and social prowess. Teachers are certified in infant and child CPR and first aid and participate in ongoing professional developmental training to amass lullabies able to put even power-crazed toddlers to sleep. Programs with customized curriculula are available for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged youngins, and children ages 5–12 can participate in before-and-after school services offering homework help and themed stations. Special programs cover topics to put kids in good stead for the rest of their lives, such as computers, health and fitness, and insider trading, and summer camps (still open for registration!) delve into the specs of activities such as sports and nutritional cooking. Weeklong classes range from $75 to $249 depending on location and class level.
After 10 years as a personal assistant, Rameda decided to pursue her own dream of being an aesthetician focusing primarily on peepers. Having studied under one of the country’s leading lash extensionists, today she offers personalized expertise in lash extensions as well as brow arching. She applies faux mink NovaLash extensions one by one and can add Swarovski crystals, as well as a touch of color, to suit each client’s individual style.