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.
FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame’s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.
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.
“So many people go through life looking at things without really seeing them,” muses Mary Buck, founder of Studio 2.8. Her mission as a teacher is twofold: to help her pupils see things and to help them share what they see with others. “Photography lets you paint with light,” she tells her classes, “but you have to go in with a vision.” She gives her pupils the tools to realize their visions during workshops that delve into all facets of digital photography, from the basics of adjusting f-stop to the advanced skills needed to capture a delicious smell of pixels.
It isn't surprising that Buck is a photography teacher; photography runs in her blood. Both of her siblings and her sister-in-law are skilled photographers, and she's been aiming her own lens at subjects since she was just 18. As a professional, her talent for catching dimples and laughter has led to portraits that families can pass down to new generations or Earth-conquering aliens. Seventeen years after starting her own studio, her passion for the art form has only grown, and her enthusiasm for sharing what she calls “that fire in my belly” with her students still burns strong.
Despite some seemingly intimidating treatments—vaccinations, shots, and spaying/neutering—pets cheerfully wag their tails at Peachtree Animal Clinic. The animal-loving staffers go beyond the call of duty when animals are concerned, providing pets with medical care and even offering adoption services to strays and rescued animals. They also specialize in preventive treatments, dental care, microchipping, and boarding.
Mark Saba Photography has been in business since 1979. After graduating Rhode Island School of Photography Mark Saba started accepting assignments as a professional photographer in Washington DC. In 2003 He relocated to Johns Creek, Georgia.