Primary Digital Imaging's photo retouchers enhance and preserve images in a variety of formats. Family portraits, graduation pictures, and snapshots of appetizing breakfasts can be resized and transformed from physical slides or images ($2) and negatives ($3) into digital files on a DVD. Order prints of digital files in lustre, silk, or pearl finishes to fit neatly on a bedside table ($1.84–$2.21 for 3.5"x5"), fireplace mantel ($9.33–$11.20 for 10"x12"), or life-size cake ($135.88–$163.06 for 30"x40"), with sizes ranging up to 30"x10'.
With 17 years of teaching experience and 31 years of perfecting his guitar virtuosity, sage of the six-string Ron Hotstream enlightens guitar players of all skill levels with personalized instructions for each student. Veteran tone-seekers can receive instructions to hone their abilities, and aspiring Yngwie Malmsteens will discover basic chord formations and picking techniques so that they can develop their skills properly. Once students have mastered the basic skills, they may decide the style of their instruction—from blues to rock to country—and which songs they want to learn how to play. Ron Hotstream teaches at C&M Music Centers in Kenner (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and Mandeville (Monday and Wednesday) and is able to accommodate all guitar players, whether they are interested in obtaining a grasp on modal jazz or set on wailing 17-minute solos while riding on the back of a wild chimera.
Bargain Treasures' rotating stock invites men, women, and children to decorate their limbs with consignment finery and adorn their homes or treehouses with brand-name furnishings. Customers can backflip into a Tahari, Adrianna Papell, or Liz Claiborne suit set ($24.99+) before an important function, or snag a set of Pier 1 Imports cobalt-blue swirl glassware ($2.99–$6.99/piece) to prepare for an explosively beautiful game of home-bowling. Experienced shopkeepers stand by to perform alterations, infusing gently used apparel with a sense of newness and ensuring that 8'x11' rugs ($249) hug curves when worn as robes.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Packed with party supplies and gifts, Whimsy has a special knack for inflating handheld blimps of all kinds. Helium addicts can peruse the shop's lengthy catalogue, grabbing an over the hill balloon ($2.99) to celebrate a relative's birthday or successful mountain climb. A floating eyeball balloon ($7.99) thanks optometrists for a job well done, and a 3-D dirigible bumblebee, lobster, frog, or turtle ($9.99 each) lets pet lovers practice their nurturing skills and trick-training abilities. Whimsy takes orders by phone, email, or fax.