LaVonte Elegan may have a master's degree in business, but he isn't afraid to get his hands dirty for the sake of a clean carpet. Working alongside his wife, Breanne, LaVonte leads a staff of experienced technicians who attend courses and seminars to stay abreast of the latest cleaning tools and techniques. Their cleaning process starts with a HEPA vacuum to remove dry dirt particles before launching into a meticulous step-by-step regimen that extracts ground-in soil. LaVonte's techs then scour fibers with pet-safe products and a Rotovac machine, which cleans at speeds up to 250 revolutions per minute, leaving it about 20 times drier than cleaning it with a manual scrub wand or teasing it until it cries. Beyond carpet, the crew members at Glow Professional Home Cleaning Services also aim their green cleaning products and hot-water-extraction equipment at stains residing in tile and grout or upholstery.
An extension of the Tacoma Bar Academy, the Bartending Academy of Mill Creek has educated students in the finer points of bartending and mixology for more than 35 years. Classes include a 40-hour bartending-certification program, which prepares aspiring tenders to take their place in the drink-slinging industry with lessons in bar etiquette, drink-making techniques, and more than 150 cocktail recipes. The professional classroom setup echoes that of an actual bar, allowing students to get a feel for each element?s proper place, from the sliced fruit and soda guns to the emergency manual that outlines exactly what to do should a horse, duck, and pirate walk in.
"I believe there is an artist hidden inside each person," art instructor Jay Gilani says on FeelArtistic's website. "Inspiration is the only gap between the hidden talent of a person and a creation." Accordingly, Gilani and his team of instructors seek to inspire their students with media as diverse as clay and digital animation. During group classes and summer camps, class sizes are kept small to ensure lots of one-on-one attention, whether pupils are animating their own cartoon characters or learning how to make photorealistic paintings of their feelings.
Twisted Lime Island Pub's interior?filled with pineapple pendant lamps, surfboards, and tiki masks?emanates the spirit of the tropics. Their island-minded chefs crown meaty burgers with pineapple and coddle key limes until they willingly take up residence inside of a pie shell. A team of bartenders shakes up tropical classics such as tequila sunsets and margaritas. The dulcet tones of live bands and karaoke flood the tropical pub on select nights.
On the weekends between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., crowds flock to feast on plates of fluffy eggs, huevos rancheros, and biscuits and gravy. Signature omelets feature fresh vegetables and meats while Mom's fried egg sandwich beckons diners to clean up their appetites with a choice of bacon, ham, or sausage?all nestled between two eggs, cheddar cheese, mayo, and a sourdough roll.
Faux marbled walls, stark white pillars, and gold- and burgundy-hued drapes create a stately dining backdrop inside the dining room of Capri Ristorante Italiano. An Italian mural is painted in vivid blues and whites on the domed ceiling, and chandeliers illuminate diners sitting in wrought iron and leather chairs, which is the seating style that 17th-century nobility would have envisioned being in spaceships. Notes from a piano float through the air as servers dispense classic Italian dishes such as meat-stuffed raviolis, chicken parmesan, and four-cheese pizza. Outside, a sculpture recessed in the marigold wall watches over al fresco diners, who also get a front-row seat on select nights for the area’s summer-concert series.
Hot Yoga Inc. likes to see you sweat. Not due to exhaustion or struggle, but because the perspiration caused by their classes encourages mental tranquility, muscle toning, and physical detoxification. Hot Yoga Inc. sends warmth deep into the skin and tissues instead of just decorating their studio with a bunch of Sun stickers. These higher temperatures help foster a greater range of motion as students of all skill levels follow a flowing series of yoga postures. Basic Hatha classes soothe the mind with a rush of endorphins while losing weight and improving flexibility, and Power Yoga pushes students with more intense workouts that build strength.