At the start of 60-minute inch-loss sessions, Melanie Graybill swaddles bodies with a specially designed wrap aimed at boosting metabolic rates and diminishing the appearance of cellulite. Graybill boasts 14 years of body-wrapping experience, making her almost as much of an expert as a 15-year-old ancient Egyptian. Once fully bundled, clients relax for 45 minutes while their bodies zap calories—possibly burning as many as 1,200–1,500 calories, equivalent to four hours of walking or two minutes of mountain-punching. The wrap hugs may also help reduce chronic pain and jumpstart circulation and require zero downtime.
Carpetland USA drapes floors in high style with a wide selection of tiles, laminates, hardwood, and carpets from popular brands such as Shaw, Mohawk, and Mannington. Carpets can tie together a stuffy walk-in closet (starting at $0.89/sq. ft.), and vinyl acts as a bulletproof vest for kitchens prone to blender explosions and bullet spills (starting at $0.79/sq. ft.). Alternately, homeowners looking to catch feet with hardwood can choose from a range of exotic woods, including acacia and tigerwood (starting at $4.99/sq. Ft.).
A procession of blips and blinks marches through Planet X's arcade room. The noise and neon spills over and accents the facility's surroundings, where guests can zap their least favorite cousins during laser tag, release pent-up road rage in bumper cars, or just stand, flabbergasted by the number of activities available. Though interactive entertainment is its bread and butter, Planet X also features a sports lounge with flat-screen TVs, beer, wine, and views of the kitchen staff tossing pizzas by hand.
All About Pictures’ inventory encompasses a vast collection of card-making and scrapbooking supplies selected by brother-and-sister team Richard Kells-Pitlik and Diane Pitlik. Specialized paper in a spectrum of hues and textbook of textures ($0.79–$2.59) showcases family photos, tissues of sentimental value, and other lovingly flattened keepsakes. Flowers ($1.99+), ribbon ($0.50+), stickers ($1.99+) and other embellishments enhance pastiche pages. Heighten a project’s style with texture and design using Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders ($4.99–$9.99), or by gluing it to a ceiling fan with a range of specialized adhesives ($4.99–$9.99).
A mother of six, Tiffanie Lloyd developed her photographic skills by taking pictures of each of her young ones. This hobby soon developed into Tiffanie Lloyd Photography, where Tiffanie uses her expert eye to snap shots of other people's newborns and children. Though happy to use props, Tiffanie mostly eschews bells and whistles at her on-location or in-studio sessions, preferring to capture childhood innocence with straightforward compositions. To preserve her client's favorite images, she offers a slew of products, from prints and framed wall portraits to photo coasters and stickers. Along with paid work, Tiffanie lends her talents to numerous charitable causes, such as taking free photographs of high-school seniors in foster care.
The staff at Animal Care Hospital are all, or have all been, pet owners, meaning that they understand the love and companionship pet owners have with their four-legged friends. Providing services that range from general health treatments to surgical procedures, the animal-loving staff keeps their skills up to date to stay abreast of the advancements in veterinary science. They also ensure their diagnostic equipment is state of the art, and with an on-site laboratory, they can quickly screen pawed patients to identify health issues. Animal Care Hospital offers specialty services in treating cancer, heart problems, and eye issues.
Some amateur shutterbugs spend years building a portfolio, shopping around their work, and praying to the Norse god of f-stops, but Cedar Rapids photographer Sherrie Busch’s pictures did all the work for her. It started with her simply doing what many moms do: taking photos of her newborn baby. Once her family and friends caught a glimpse, however, they were beating down her door to take their photos as well. She specializes in on-location work, whether it’s for high-school seniors, families, engagements, newborn babies, or children.