Behind an unassuming exterior of white cinder blocks, a team of animal experts maintains a collection of take-home creatures, with a special spotlight on freshwater fish and reptiles. Aquariums throw teal and purple luminescence onto green walls, and shelves are packed with colorful pet accessories, such as ferret-size monocles. The boutique also boasts an extensive collection of live feed that ranges from mealworms to mice. The inventory may change from time to time, but previous customers have taken home pet flying geckos, tarantulas, and snakes, as well as chameleons and bearded dragons that are too busy guarding treasure to shave.
Remus Photography’s shutterbugs shoot playful portraits of families, couples, and kids on location or at their studio. On location they take advantage of locales such as parks, and in-studio they can add props and colorful backdrops to suit the occasion. They also cover weddings from beginning to end, including engagement sessions as well as ceremony and reception coverage. To add extra excitement to any special event, they offer photo-booth rentals that include onsite attendants and a collection of props to enhance poses.
Olan Mills Inc. provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to re-create the look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Liberty Tax Service's personal consultants?stationed in 4,000 offices across the United States and Canada?support clients with one-on-one tax preparation services and a money-back guarantee on the accuracy of their work. Before entering the company's corps of tax experts, each employee undergoes thorough training in federal and state tax code. Then, the tax preparers compile digital or paper filings of federal, state, and interplanetary taxes, ferreting out the maximum return and keeping minds at ease with year-round tax support. The company offers complimentary direct deposit for refunds, as well as gratuitous dives in Scrooge McDuck's money piles. Liberty Tax Service also organizes tax courses, both online and in person, that bring individuals up to speed on current tax practices.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
At Back to Bed's South Loop location, manager Kip Wilkinson puts customers at ease with a friendly attitude, helping them find a bed that fits their individual needs and budget. The experienced delivery staff also sets up new beds and removes old ones, with a variety of delivery options available. At the show room, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster, and Simmons Beautyrest mattresses await rigorous testing, and the sleep-savvy employees help shoppers determine if they're more suited to a firm or soft mattress or to creamy or chunky peanut butter. Aside from a wide selection of mattress types and brands, Back to Bed also offers accessories such as ergonomic memory foam pillows.