The florists at Good Earth Floral Design Studio focus exclusively on weddings and special events, creating custom floral designs based on each client’s style and vision. The eco-friendly flower studio meticulously selects as many local, organic, and Veriflora-certified blooms from growers committed to sustainable practices as possible.Florists happily travel to wedding venues for better insights as to how to customize centerpieces, boutonnieres, and football-shaped bouquets for the postceremony touchdown spikes. They take pride in lending assistance throughout the entire planning process, from the initial consultation to the next-day cleanup.
Now in its 51st year, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church's festival once more celebrates the rich history and culture of Greece with live dance, traditional food, and Hellenistic arts and crafts. Visitors can watch displays of traditional dancing as troupes of costumed performers whirl and leap to folk tunes. Open-mouthed onlookers can snack on souvlaki, gyros, and baked pastitsio or shout out traditional Greek exclamations such as "Opa!", "Yassou!", and "Don't drop that Olympic torch!"
Church tours introduce festivalgoers to the stunning gilded iconography of Annunciation's sanctuary, and also give them a brief lesson on the symbolism, teaching, and history of the Greek Orthodox Church. Outside, kids get their faces painted, play games, and bounce inside a moonwalk, while adults stroll through the gift shop area, which attempts to tempt them with colorful wares imported from Greece, including fisherman's hats, gold jewelry, and worry beads.
Media-mixing artist Julia Shapiro creatively combines photography and painted portraiture to capture family countenances on black-and-white film enhanced by hand-painted, vintage-style color. Julia invests time in getting to know individuals and families before guiding them through casual sittings in her loft-like studio. Candid shots can include clothing changes and sentimental props such as a beloved teddy bear or a favorite vacuum robot. About a week after the shoot, patrons return to pick up the completed set of proofs and select an image for the final portrait. Julia develops the chosen image in black and white as an 11"x14" print, then transforms its surface with oil paints according to client taste. The result, much like wedding dresses and the ability to verbally hypnotize squirrels, can be handed down to future generations.
The licensed massage therapist at Ahimsa Healing pulls out every tool in the musculoskeletal toolbox, calling on everything from the popular gliding strokes of Swedish massage to the energy-based healing techniques of Japanese reiki to defeat chronic pain. Visits begin with an intake form, on which clients or enchanted pencils scribble down notes regarding chronic conditions or injuries so that therapists can design a custom pain-relieving treatment. Nimble hands then manipulate muscles, calling upon deep-tissue kneads to offset injuries and craniosacral therapy to reduce headaches caused by accidentally holding your helmet and wearing your jackhammer.
Owner and professional waxing technician Nichole Hines makes every effort to guarantee a quiet, soothing experiences for her clients. Her private, discrete waxing salon is a child-free zone, which ensures that the environment remains peaceful and that wax pots remain free of LEGO pieces. Nicole uses only high-quality, soy-based waxes that uproot unwanted hairs with precision and efficiency, and her Brazilian treatments are famed for taking only 10 minutes to complete.
“Casual elegance:” those are the two words Margie Fagan’s clients often use to describe the eponymous designer’s work. Since 1985, Margie and her crew have refurbished homes, earning praise from publications such as Better Homes & Gardens along the way. Whether she’s building floor plans from scratch or adding finishing touches to a nearly perfect room, each and every one of the designer’s project’s begins with a consultation—or, more accurately, a Q&A session—in which she’ll determine how the space will be used, what you envision for the space, and your thoughts on Buzz Lightyear wallpaper. From there, Margie will draft floor plans and sketches, present the design to the homeowners, and, finally, bring the agreed-upon work to life.
Beyond transforming houses into homes, Margie also helps clients sell their houses with home staging—a process that can increase the price and speed at which a home is sold.