“My style is soft, genuine, full of life, love and romance,” photographer Liliana Scherillo, owner of Liliana Photography, says of her work. Her portraits of children and adults, which sometimes incorporate whimsical coloring or playful costumes, have a theatrical flair and vibrant emotion. After photo sessions, customers can view their proofs online before ordering prints, selecting only the images that really summarize “determination” for personalized motivational posters.
Super Sweet Sixteens offers everything necessary to throw a memorable Sweet 16 party, from invitations to venues. Its staff draws on 10 years of New York City nightclub lighting design, DJ, and event entertainment experience, including working on MTV's award shows, to amuse party guests. Super Sweet Sixteens even provides photo-booth rentals, so guests can capture moments from the night's revelry.
Like most good ideas, Gymboree Play and Music didn't begin in a business meeting—it began out of necessity. In 1976, Joan Barnes, a California mom, found herself frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time. Knowing that other parents were undoubtedly feeling the same frustration, she took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. She consulted experts to design a curriculum of activities to foster the development of children’s cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play. She hired a nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers. And her staff began conducting entertaining classes covering subjects ranging from music to sports to impart valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. As their children learned and socialized, parents also found benefit in meeting and befriending other moms and dads in their local area. More than 30 years later, her vision has proved to be a success: more than 712 child-centered franchises now spread over 42 countries, bringing confidence and creativity to thousands of youngsters in several continents and to one in the center of the earth.
The young crew behind ONEHOPE Wine believes wine can do more than dance with flavor and stain frocks fashioned from fine white camel hair. Each bottle has been instilled with beauty and a rich taste to complement its selflessness. One ONEHOPE gift box yields one bottle each of California merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel, and sauvignon blanc ($120 for gift box or $18.99 each). The 2009 merlot is aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels, resulting in flavors of toasty spice and a versatile drinkability.
Since 1951, Berger Bros Cameras' knowledgeable staff have been emphasizing customer satisfaction as they match shoppers with a range of DSLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. With shelves lined with lenses, binoculars, and telescopes—along with cameras and accessories from quality brands such as Canon, Nikon, Leica, and Olympus—the shop can outfit photographers for any project. They also stock consumer- and professional-grade video cameras, as well as underwater equipment that makes it possible to document sea life or film a live-action Little Mermaid sequel.
The shop complements its wares with classes that teach customers to take full advantage of their complex cameras. Workshops and classes cover topics ranging from introductory photography to sports and wildlife photography, as well as the popular editing programs Photoshop or Lightroom.
Ken Benshish and Yi Qian started iSchool of Music and Art in 2005 to provide a positive, supportive learning atmosphere that takes into account each student’s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can’t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don’t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, and intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and a tour of a real recording studio.