One of the most awarded portrait photographers in Florida, Tim Kelly brings more than 40 years of experience to each master-crafted image he creates. With today's deal, customers get a 30-minute session with the man himself, capturing their visages for posterity and proving to future generations that at one time mustaches only grew on faces. Guests are free to express themselves in a variety of styles, with up to eight subjects per portrait: capture your Napoleonic boardroom bravado with an executive profile, dress your brood in their finest matching corduroy jumpsuits for a family vignette, or rage against the impermanence of youth with a memory-grasping child portrait.
Most people don't get business calls from Walt Disney World. But, two decades ago, Glass Addicts owner Denise Hurley received just that—along with a request to design and build Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa's carousel horse. In the years since, orders have continued to pour in from Kohl's, The Mirage hotel, and other businesses and collectors seeking Hurley's Tiffany-style stained-glass and art-glass designs. Hurley also builds masterpieces on a smaller scale, restoring and repairing customers’ already existing pieces and building custom panes for homes and offices. Intent on sharing her talent with others, Hurley teaches classes on formats ranging from mosaic picture frames to stepping stones to dentists' mirrors overlaid with your favorite Metallica album covers. No previous experience is necessary, as classes accommodate beginners and master artists alike. Sessions take place in spacious, well-lit rooms filled with materials, and students and customers can study from books inspired by Hurley's designs or observe the installment skills of her professional staff.
Canvas and Cheers's expert instructors emancipate inner artists during their communal painting classes, which beckon pupils of all ages and experience levels to express themselves through hours of socializing and slinging paint. Teachers supply all necessary materials before shepherding students through a step-by-step painting process that yields prismatic masterpieces, which students can hang on the wall of their living room, hallway, or drab cryogenic freezing chamber. BYOB classes for adults create a lively night out with wine and snacks, and Canvas Kids or Family Day sessions spark creativity and empower young artists. Themes vary from class to class, covering topics such as how to render horses, recreate classic works by Van Gogh, or capture the raw human emotion elicited from commemorative plate collections. Many of the paintings used as reference pieces during class were designed by founding artist Dyanne Parker, who displays her original work throughout the studio.:m]]
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.