When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.
Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.
Fine Arts Theatres’ four venues surround moviegoers with classic silver-screen ambiance as they present the latest independent and mainstream film offerings. Lovingly refurbished neighborhood movie palaces such as the early-20th-century Rio Theatre now boast surround-sound digital audio, high-backed rocker seats with arm-mounted cup holders, and movie trailers acted out by gregarious ticket takers. In addition to flicks opening each week, Fine Arts Theatres hosts the Gathr Preview Series each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The group also holds screenings for the annual Kansas International Film Festival, voted the Best Local Film Festival by readers of The Pitch in 2011, as well as a Latin American Film Festival every September.
Krystal Hague captures candid and realistic expressions in her photos, which emphasize outdoor locations and natural light. She captures photos of subjects such as newborns, couples, families, and high-school seniors in addition to events such as weddings.
Letting strangers into one’s home to clean around valued possessions can be nerve-wracking, which is why Shelby Seck is always happy to point out her pedigree. A resident of Overland Park, she has built her cleaning business through happy customers and word of mouth over the last 24 years, ensuring repeat business with her thorough technique. Her cleaners come prepped to deal with every room in the house by equipping themselves with biodegradable cleaning products. This means they are kind to materials while not irritating pets or children. Shelby's team can even divide their man hours, so one cleaner can come for an hour, two cleaners can come for half an hour, or a million cleaners can show up to make the floor cave in and utterly destroy an orange juice spill.
Green Team owner Chris Deulen is currently converting all his vehicles to run on spent vegetable oil from local restaurants––just one of many steps his window-cleaning company is taking toward environmental responsibility. Each day, the fully licensed technicians employ organic and recycled towels, as well as biodegradable and eco-friendly soap to rid glass windows of streaks and smudges and save screens and tracks from oxidation. Beyond protecting the environment from harmful chemicals, they also help sustain the health of home roofs with gutter-cleaning services, happily scaling ladders to pull out leaves, twigs, watermelons, and other common clogs.
Since their maiden deterging in 1944, Tower Dry Cleaners and Laundry’s purification professionals have been expunging grime and removing rumples from legions of suits, dresses, linens, and more. Drop-off detoxes unshackle slack trousers ($6.95), shirts ($7.35), and sweaters ($7.05) from chronic creases, and plunges into bubbleless bathtubs eradicate dog hair from blazers ($7.95) and two-piece suits ($13.70) after forcing Fido to adhere to the dress code on Take Your Pet to Work Day.