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'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.
Though it began solely as a pressure-washing business, About Time Pressure Washing expanded over time into an all-purpose outdoor home and business maintenance service, which today cleans driveways, stripes parking lots, and resurfaces tennis courts. Armed with the knowhow that comes with being LEED accredited, the technicians pick up their biodegradable cleansers and low-pressure washing to beautify patios, windows, and driveways without harming the surrounding landscape. Away from the home, About Time's registered landscape architect designs, restructures, and beautifies parking lots, restriping parking spaces and self-conscious zebras as he completes his duties.
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 Lightscapes Photography. 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.
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.