At Salsa Memphis, renowned dancer and choreographer Edgar "TunTun" Mendez leads each lesson, deploying skills he attained through years of dancing as a professional, performing onstage with Tito Puente and onscreen for Marc Anthony, as well as in salsa congresses and competitions. Within his airy, yellow-walled studio, Mendez shows students of all ages and ability levels how to perform a range of fast-paced, seductive salsa moves, beginning with basic steps, right and left turns, and cross-body leads. Intermediate and advanced lessons are designed for those ready to move on to more complex combinations, such as how to dip a partner in an airplane aisle. A private lesson bestows fledgling dancers with focused one-on-one time with the salsa professor for quicker learning and personalized tips. Lessons can be taken at the student's convenience, allowing dancers to learn on their own time as opposed to adhering to a weekly schedule.
Jody Herndon believes that portraits should reveal as much about their photographer as they do their subjects. Whether he's photographing kids, families, or former President Bill Clinton, he approaches each session as a collaboration—a chance to capture his subjects' personalities in their favorite environments, free of contrived poses. He takes a similar approach to shooting wedding days, as he unobtrusively documents each element of the events, from the bride anxiously preparing for the ceremony to the DJ singing the traditional one-hour-long wedding sea shanty. Once his sessions wrap up, Jody preserves his color and black-and-white shots with products including high-quality prints, albums, and high-resolution CDs and DVDs.
Handcrafted from preservative-free goodies, each gift from Edible Arrangements invites eyes to ogle and tongues to taste the fruits—hand-dipped in chocolate or left au naturel—that make up its sweet bouquet. The succulent, seeded morsels inside each gift box or upright bouquet are picked at the peak of freshness, ensuring a rush of juice and a muffled scream as teeth bite into the fleshy skin of crisp grapes, albion strawberries, and granny smith apples layered in white, dark, and milk chocolate. The tempting creations sprout from a range of decorative vases and containers, helping to commemorate all sorts of special occasions, from birthdays and weddings to the start of a doomed fast.
Candy Bouquet crafts boxes bursting with colorful arrangements of exclusive chocolate and hard candies to give as gifts for any occasion, from overcoming an illness to celebrating an anniversary. A red-rose bouquet swaps traditional roses for chocolate flowers, and the Happy Birthday bouquet delights the eye. Candy Bouquet's themed treats are designed specifically for each customer and packed into colorful designer containers made from recycled materials. The company's commitment to green business practices is reflected in other ways, too, such as its work with a rainforest preservation group to save land in Brazil.
Almost two decades into her career in the beauty industry, licensed aesthetician Angela Nickelberry shows no sign of burning out. For her, helping clients feel and look better is a labor of love. Nickelberry operates Day Spring Wellness from inside Relaxing Spirit Massage Therapy, where she pampers clients with rejuvenating facials, waxing treatments, and body wraps designed to rid skin of toxins and temporary tattoos.