After graduating from college with a degree in industrial photography, Steve Schroeder honed his shutterbug skills at Houston's Gittings Studio before opening his own studio in 1987. Eight years later Steve and his family relocated to Macon, where he constructed his new studio in the Hardeman-Hatcher house, a Victorian Village dwelling built in the 1880s. The abode's elaborate architecture and flashbulb-wielding ghosts set the backdrop for many of Steve's portraiture sessions. These sessions always commence with a consultation, during which he helps clients determine which outfits and location best complement their style. Any image snapped in studio, on location, or at weddings—Steve has covered nearly 1,000 nuptial ceremonies—undergoes basic retouching. Patrons can also elicit Steve's services for framing or restoration needs, watercolor cards, or to commission the studio's resident artist to create an oil painting of a favorite image from their shoot (turn around time of six–eight weeks).
Macon Bedroom & Mattress and Robins Bed & Mattress furnish sleeping quarters with quality sleep helpers from top-flight brands such as Simmons, Enso Sleep Systems, Tempur-Pedic, and more. Stop paying exorbitant fees to sheep-counting businesses by resting easy on queen mattress sets ($199+) and queen memory-foam mattress sets ($599+), or replace elaborate pillow forts with more sustainable furniture, such as futons, bunk beds, and headboards with frames ($199+). Those with a smaller bed to cushion can peruse the store’s selection of twin-size mattresses ($79+), and sea-loving sleepers can simulate their time aboard the USS Burt Reynolds by napping on a waterbed. Whether you’re picking up furniture for a child's bedroom or coffee tables for the living room, the considerate, attentive staff at each location is available for every step of the process, from selection to delivery and setup.
At Let's Paint Pottery, aspiring artists can drop in anytime to customize plain pieces of pottery. After selecting an unfinished ceramic piece from the studio's selection of serving ware and home decor items, they’ll use provided stamps, stencils, and idea books to map out their design and next tattoos. They then draw from a palette of more than 50 paints and glazes to coat their creation before handing it over to a staff member, who fires the work in the studio's kiln. The studio also offers two-hour canvas-painting sessions, wherein guests armed with acrylic paints learn brushstroke basics.