Photographer Steve Dean—whose wedding photography has graced the cover of Lansing City Limits magazine—brings out clients' unique personalities in striking, personal photographs. Portraits of individuals, high-school seniors and kids capture fleeting moments in time. Professional acting and modeling headshots highlight charisma and charm, and glamour-and-boudoir photo shoots draw out clients’ sensual sides. Dean expertly retouches finished photographs to remove blemishes or shrink down surrounding buildings so that clients can pretend to be giants.
Since 1825, the Old Town area has seen both prosperous times and, for the second half of the 20th century, stretches of destitution. Within the last 30 years, dedicated locals have started turning Old Town back around, dropping its building vacancy rates from 90% to fewer than 10%, and establishing a slew of festivals, art venues, and boutiques. The Old Town Commercial Association plays its role in this cultural and economic renaissance by holding the annual Old Town Oktoberfest, a Midwestern interpretation of the traditional German holiday.
Over the course of two days, live polka bands provide a soundtrack for German-style dancing and festivities. Vendors pour German and European Oktoberfest beers from Spaten, Warsteiner, and Frankenmuth, and autumnal beers from American breweries such as Sam Adams and Blue Moon. Local restaurants serve authentic German dishes such as spaetzle, potato soup, frankfurters, and bratwurst throughout the fest, allowing visitors to taste the country’s staples without having to stow away in a UN ambassador’s suitcase.
For the past 30 years, Another Look Hair Institute’s scalp experts have been rejuvenating thinning manes and receding hairlines with a range of preventive measures and synthetic hair restoration. The crux of their regimen is the synthetic Cyberhair, a fiber that mimics the texture, appearance, and styling properties of human hair. The Micro Point Link process ties four of these Cyberhair strands to your existing individual hairs, creating the appearance of a full head of hair by adding up to 600 additional strands. The team also helps mitigate hair loss naturally with their Hair Support program, which cleanses clogged follicles to encourage new growth.
The massage therapists at Advance Medical Massage understand that bodywork isn't just indulgent, but therapeutic as well. That's why they tailor their deep-tissue, Swedish, and signature medical massages to clients' wellness goals, which range from relief of tension and headaches to improved sleep. In addition to these traditional modalities, the team also offers less common techniques, including trigger-point therapy and hot-stone massages, which employ warm stones, descendants of the studio's pet rock.
Lake Lansing Family Practice’s medical experts attend to patient needs ranging from family medicine to personalized skincare. Dr. A. J. Ronan takes on wrinkle reduction as a certified-physician injector of Botox and Dysport, which can forestall frown lines for up to three months. The family practice's onsite skincare specialist oversees a barrage of other aesthetic services, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Antifuzz specialists vaporize unwanted hair with Syneron Comet laser technology, which combines diode-laser and bipolar radio-frequency energies to target and disable follicles—a successful pairing that rivals the time Fred and Ginger tap-danced on a giant peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.
Family owned and operated, Shine Window Care's merry band of sparkle specialists brightens the windows of homes across the Lansing area. During an exterior window-cleaning service, the professional cleaners will banish dirt and grime from the windows of an array of residential types, including one-story ranches ($100–$175), two-story subdivisions ($100–$220), and six-story tree houses. True colonial-divide windows will be subject to an additional fee. Meanwhile, interior window-cleaning services cleans house eyes from the inside and is able to service a number of house sizes, including one-story ranch homes ($75–$135), two-story homes with a basement ($95–$155), and more. The safe and professional cleansing session utilizes the powerful despotting abilities of an eco-friendly pure-water system and ensures each window pane is delicately hand-scrubbed and squeegeed dry. Shine Window Care glistens windows year-round, ensuring clients can always keep a watchful eye on neighborhood squirrel mafias.