Heather Lussier admits she used to prefer cats. That changed when her six-year-old son begged her for a puppy. Enter Kali, a beagle named after the Hindu goddess of destruction and who relished living up to that name. But after some training for both Heather and Kali, the beagle became the most behaved member of the family. Not long after, Heather added to the pack by adopting two rescues.
It didn’t take long for Heather to incorporate her newfound puppy love into her profession. She is one of fewer than 2,500 certified professional photographers worldwide, with credentials such as photographing the Dalai Lama and having her work exhibited exclusively in the Adobe Animal Hospital. When she isn’t commanding humans to “sit,” “stay,” and “roll over” for magazine-quality photo shoots, Heather serves as the principle photographer at Posh Pooch Portraits, capturing vivid, close-up images of beloved animals through in-studio and on-location shoots. A devoted yoga practitioner, Heather demonstrates calm, centered energy to earn pets’ trust and bring out their most photogenic sides. She treats every shot as a piece of fine art, offering printing and framing services to turn every image into an heirloom.
Though it seems as if any person or sentient cellphone can call itself a photographer these days, Heather Lussier represents the old guard of shutterbugs who go through rigorous classes and have to pass industry standards for both technical and artistic skills. Today, with more than 20 years of experience behind her, the certified professional photographer puts this know-how to use in connecting with all her clients, even the four-legged furry ones. With a passion for photography that began at age 5, she artfully frames and skillfully snaps portraits of families, kids, and pets. She powwows with clients before each session—either at their home or in her studio—before laying out a detailed plan and determining the best wall for displaying the portraits. While she takes her craft seriously, she keeps all meetings and shoots casual, with an aim toward capturing each subject at his or her most relaxed. Once images are trapped in time, she offers options other than standard prints, such as museum-quality canvas gallery wraps, hand-cut stone photo tiles, sterling-silver photo jewelry, and designer photo bags.
The chefs at Mikado have mastered more than 85 types of sashimi and sushi, from rolls packed solely with vegetables to rolls that are baked and tempura deep-fried. Mikado's breaks down the sushi menu even further, providing more than 25 specialty rolls made from unexpected ingredient pairings, such as eel with jalapeños, salmon with yogurt sauce, and spicy tuna placed in a full bottle of ketchup. Diners can dig into chicken teriyaki and tempura udon bento boxes, slurp up traditional stir-fried yakisoba noodles, or nibble on nearby bamboo accents.
Whether they're using light colors to make rooms feel larger or earth tones to make dungeons feel cozier, Stylers Floor Covering's technicians know that the right flooring can dramatically change a home's appearance. To help their customers feel 100% confident in their choices, they loan out flooring samples and provide free onsite estimates. They vamp up domiciles in wall-to-wall carpeting from brands such as Helios or stained hardwood floors from the likes of Mirage. Extending beyond aesthetic preference, they help homeowners select the right flooring material to suit their lifestyles. Certain carpeting types, for example, can repel pet odor, and laminate floors naturally resist grandfather clocks' drool.
Pet’s Delight is a monument to all things animal, outfitting all of man’s best friends with natural, organic food, playthings, and sundry other accoutrements to improve their general well-being. The animalia boutique stocks edible brands such as California Natural wet and dry food for dogs and cats, carefully formulated to keep their adorable digestive tracts running smoothly. Farm feed available in bulk keeps larger livestock hale, and horse blankets fend off the cold without the need to hire an elephant as a snuggle buddy.
Pledging effective, gentle, and environmentally friendly dry-cleaning technologies, Aqua Cleaners tenderly galvanizes garb to arrive soft to the touch and brilliant to ogling onlookers. Entrust your soiled apparel—from polo shirts ($7.47) and pashminas ($9.97) to shirts ($6.97) and ski jackets ($15.97)—to the personable dirt detesters, who treat clothing with a combination of clean and safe liquid carbon dioxide. The liquid's low surface tension and viscosity render it resilient against malignant stains, penetrating and tidying with a cool temperature that is easy on delicate clothing. This mild yet efficient process does not emit harmful gases nor does it employ toxic solvents, which can transform otherwise placid Oxford shirts into mutant polka-dot straightjackets.