Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.
Bay Area native Ryan Willis can rarely be found anywhere but behind his camera. It’s a passion he’s gratefully transformed into a career, taking traditional-style portraits for families, newborns, couples, and kids. He shoots in varying shades of black and white, as well as vibrant color, manipulating studio lighting to create crisply focused images. To assist with headshots or images for promotional materials, he also customizes photo sessions for business professionals, actors, models, and bands.
HealthE Solutions owner and certified nutrition educator Diane Fukuda helps clients modify their lifestyles to reach wellness goals from weight loss to reduced symptoms of food allergies. HealthE Solutions programs, which include workshops targeted at families and office workers, support healthy eating with nutrition plans, tailored recipes, and suspension bridges made of celery sticks. A licensed spin instructor, Fukuda also leads regular pedal sessions that can help boost cardio health.
The image wizards at Epostershop.com masterfully transform humble digital snapshots into magnificent, wall-size masterpieces. After online orders are placed, e-posterers transfer the customer’s chosen pixelated memory from its hard-drive habitat to a premium, high-gloss paper sanctuary. Use the custom poster to immortalize a heartwarming family portrait, celebrate a rec-league championship team, or comment on the dangers of modern technology with an action shot of a newly self-aware sprinkler system.