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.
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.
Since 1976, the environmentally conscious staff at The Futon Shop has stocked futons, furniture, and frames built from chemical-free cotton, natural latex, and hybrid soy foam, among other virtuous ingredients. Cushy mattresses, vibrantly shaded futon covers, and platform beds preserve the earth’s bounty as effectively as they accommodate human bodies and under-the-bed monsters. Homeowners can also illuminate domiciles with eco-friendly Eangee lamps, which have a carbon footprint of nearly zero and are manufactured by workers who earn a living wage. Even little ones can enjoy the environmentalist furnishings by napping on an organic crib mattress nestled in a bunny white baby crib.