Give them two days, and the team at Jackie's Ice Cream will grant your wish?assuming that it can be made into an ice cream, of course. The shop's dessert specialists happily take requests, making custom batches of whatever ice cream flavor is required to satisfy their patrons' sweet teeth and even sweeter taste buds. But chances are a favorite variety is already on the menu, which includes creamsicle, toasted almond fudge, and coffee and glazed donuts among its dozens of homemade options. Beyond inventive scoops, Jackie's also crafts ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and cake in a jar, which is exactly what it sounds like.
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.
At Unique Faces Make-Up Studio, founder Yolanda “China” Smith and her staff adhere to a simple motto: "It’s our job to make you look unique and it’s your job to be unique.” Unique is also a fitting word to describe this business, which refuses to limit itself to a single customer demographic. Proudly proclaiming her business "the home of the $20 makeover,” Smith also boasts a resumé that includes past work for noted photographers, recording artists such as Gorilla Zoe and Chingy, and high-profile companies including Elite Model Management. Whether her crew is providing on-location makeup for fashion shows or weddings or hosting Lil Diva spa parties in their pink-and-purple-walled studio, they ensure every face gets the celebrity treatment it deserves regardless of its budget or number of degrees from Kevin Bacon.
Though many people consider playing an instrument to be a lovely skill or hobby, the team at Dean Music Institute looks at it a bit differently. That’s because after a quarter century spent creating and teaching music, they have seen how learning to play an instrument improves both the player’s creativity and brain function, resulting in better test scores, memory, and decision-making skills. They also understand that students will reap the most benefits if they enjoy their courses of study. And so, when instructors lead group sessions in guitar or private lessons in piano, bass, or guitar, they set realistic goals in short assignments and dive into popular songs that students actually want to learn how to play. For those too busy to make it into the studio, they also offer lessons over Skype, and flash classes see instructors and students holding impromptu jam sessions at cafés, bars, shopping centers, and parking-ticket-violation hearings to share a love of artistic expression with the public.