The Well Community Church opened the doors to Neighborhood Thrift in March 2008 with the aim of becoming a more permanent and sustainable positive influence in the community. Hoping to address the lingering issue of high unemployment in the area, Neighborhood Thrift not only finds second homes for discounted clothing and housewares but also runs a work program that helps give local citizens a stable job, in which they can earn experience, bolster their resumés, and give back to their community.
The airy, spacious retail center houses nearly 30,000 pieces of gently used clothing, as well as housewares ranging from appliances and decor to electronics and furniture. A newly opened café nestled in the store’s corner offers visitors coffee and free WiFi as they mingle with other members of the community and debate the number of creamers Plato would drink in his coffee.
Rather than capture posed shots, D.C. Photography Studios' shutterbug duo, Scott and Sara, immortalizes spontaneous, candid moments during on-location shoots. With their blend of expertise in photojournalism and fine-art photography, the pair frames portraiture, families, children, and engaged couples with a skillful eye for artistic, visual storytelling. Their main focus, however, remains weddings, where they shoot brief group sessions that leave time for newlyweds to spend on their portraits, socializing with guests, or practicing bouquet tosses by hurtling flower girls across the dance floor. After the sessions, Scott and Sara amass the pictures into a personalized, password-protected online proof gallery from which patrons can select their favorite shots to preserve as various-sized prints or high-resolution digital files.
After a day at most salons, you might look better for a few weeks; after an hour at Permanent Beauty, you might look better for several years. That's because the center specializes in permanent-makeup applications, during which skin artists apply long-lasting, mineral-based pigment to eyes, lips, and brows. The pigments are designed to fade gradually over time so clients can change makeup styles and shades as they age, change their hair color, or disintegrate into their component Transformers. Ever conscious of sanitation, the technicians use brand-new materials and equipment on each client. The end result is that clients achieve the dramatic glances, full lips, and expressive brows they?ve always desired but couldn?t obtain without betraying Mr. Potato Head?s trust.
Three certified arborists, otherwise known as the Tree DoctoRx, have been maintaining tree and landscape health for 15 years. Their work has garnered a faithful entourage of lifelong clients as well as two consecutive first-place People’s Choice Awards from the Fresno Bee. With a detective’s eye for detail, they scour the surrounding land in search of potential threats such as diseases and pests suspected of criminal activity. Their integrated pest management rids trees, shrubs, and soil of harmful bugs with low-toxicity, organic products, while their organic based fertilizers burrow into the ground to strengthen root systems against an onslaught of disease, drought, and bugs.
Beth Aleksa, a busy mother of four, first turned to permanent makeup to cut down on the time she spent getting ready in the morning, and later decided to lend her Technicolor savvy to others via A Fine Line Permanent Cosmetics. Beth and fellow permanent-makeup artist Bill Moreland use an intradermal pigmentation process to tuck natural pigments of color into the dermis, making sparse eyebrows appear fuller and more defined without pencil or spray paint, and subtly accenting eyes. They further enhance faces with permanent makeup for lips, can cover stretch marks, and also offers long-lasting eyelash extensions in a range of lengths.
Former social worker Pablo Antinao-Alvarez made his foray into the food industry working as a bartender at a five-star hotel and restaurant in Chile. He received his wine professional certification from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley before traveling to France and Spain, where he studied at the Spanish Academy of Sommeliers and learned which wine bottles are most likely to contain trapped genies. After settling down in California's wine country, he shared his knowledge with fine restaurants and founded Rustica Wine School. Today, he organizes and teaches classes on spirits and liquors, as well as food-and-wine pairing.