Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio 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 recreate 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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling. For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The online cigar mecca StogieBoys was established to breathe life?and smoke?back into America?s cigar culture. Its virtual shelves are stocked with more than 200 premium cigar brands that shoppers can buy individually, in pre-bundled packages, or in build-your-own samplers. The easy-to-navigate site also offers a well-rounded selection of stogies under $30 and special picks from NFL Hall of Fame running back and cigar enthusiast Thurman Thomas. The more than 1,200 accessories on offer include humidors, ashtrays, and torch lighters.
When horticulturalist Brian F. Jorg isn't cultivating native plants at The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, he treks up to 20,000 miles a year on globe-trotting photographic excursions. As he leads guests through the Great Smoky Mountains or the Peruvian Amazon, he captures nature's grandeur with his digital camera, sharing his ever-increasing portfolio with the world through field guides, educational displays, and mass text messages addressed to “world.” Brian's passion for nature overflows not only into his photography, but into community activities. He can often be seen sharing his horticultural wisdom at area flower shows, teaching classes to the general public, or snapping dynamic images at sporting events.
A Cincinnati favorite, Mio?s has been baking up their signature pizzas for adoring clientele since 1975. Their original, buttery crust is a canvas for splotches of pizza sauce, which peek through a smattering of cheese and various toppings such as sausage, banana peppers, and black olives. Before deciding on an original or stuffed pizza, guests can whet palates with an order of garlic bread or hot wings. For those who prefer personal servings, calzones and hoagies are stuffed with enough juicy meats and veggies to feed an accomplished linebacker.
Steam-powered technology might often be viewed as a thing of the past, but the technicians at Howard's Steam Clean use it daily to clean carpets and upholstery in modern homes. They use a truck-mounted system to force dirt, allergens, and soil out of fibers, instantly vacuuming away the resulting dirty water into a holding tank so the pollutants don't wind up back in the air. They employ similarly large machinery on tiles and grout, using heat and water pressure to scrape away stains that might otherwise be permanent. They also offer window-cleaning services, scrubbing panes inside and out so that passersby can see how clean the carpets inside are.