Casual Living refurbishes the urbanized outdoors into open-air living space with a wide variety of aluminum, steel, and wicker patio furniture. Customers can match any outdoor aesthetic without having to drag the living-room set outside by perusing Casual Living's all-weather furnishings in more than 50 different styles and myriad materials, including fabric, metal, and more. Patios pop with pizzazz or relish in relaxation with a rainbow of market-style outdoor umbrellas ($159.95) or a 13-foot Pawleys Island rope hammock ($149.95). A wood-burning fire pit equips outdoor spaces with a kitchen, heat source, and marshmallow torture device ($229.95). Casual Living occasionally ventures indoors with a collection of brass fireplace screens and sets, counter stools from Pastel (sale price $149.95), and gas-fireplace installations.
All day long at Poochies Plus, four-legged friends, separated by size, frolic freely in cage-less indoor and outdoor play areas. Dogs new to the scene meet with a staff member for 20 minutes to discern play style as well as favorite foods. Then, they're shuffled into play lots where they can splash in kiddie pools, gnaw on chew toys, or chase balls tossed by animal-loving staff members. In addition, overnight guests enjoy bedding in their own sleep space so they don't disturb others when rehearsing dramatic soliloquies from Lassie.
Splash 'Em Out's team of professionals man an arsenal of mammoth 20- to 60-pound front-load washers that can handle up to six loads of laundry at a time. When clothes are washed clean, they're moved into extra-large dryers with high, medium, or no heat settings capable of handling anything from heavy-duty towels to delicate undergarments. For customers who prefer performing the wash themselves, Splash 'Em Out's four locations keep customers' minds off the wait with entertainment including cable TV, video games, WiFi, and a children's play area. Stained clothes get special attention from Splash 'Em Out's staff, who can remove remnants of smoke, soot, or water stains from damaged clothing and thoroughly clean horse blankets without riding the horse through a car wash.
From Bob Dylan and President George Bush to beloved pet beagles, photographer Mark has captured subjects of all sorts with a practiced eye honed at the Art Institute of Atlanta. Today, Mark operates an extensive photo complex with his wife, Stella. Outside, his portrait garden frames couples, families, and tots with ponds and waterfalls. Inside, he uses some 50 different backgrounds to set the stage for indoor shoots, which include tempestuous but tasteful Red Door Divas boudoir images. Stella helps ladies accessorize for the shots, which can range from retro-styled pinup poses to head shots that highlight the sitter's facial features. Whatever type of image he's crafting, Mark can lend prints a more artistic bent by altering them to fit the style of oil or watercolor paintings.
The Kentucky Ballet Theatre was founded in 1998 to give Lexington audiences their own local company of ballet dancers. The performances that have followed have included classics such as Prokofiev's Cinderella and new works such as Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. The dancers host their shows at the Lexington Opera House, a historical landmark which was built in 1887, was converted into a movie theater in the 1920s, and did a brief stint as a Rockette before returning to its classical roots in 1976.