At Utopia Animal Hospital, Dr. Clay and her team of professional pet minders keeps furry companions fit and frisky with comfortable amenities and gentle care. Dogs hang their hats and unpack their suitcases for stays that include spacious kennels, exercise two or three times a day, and, for dogs boarding three nights or longer, complimentary baths. Feline vacationers lodge in luxury condos, obligingly enduring healthful and deodorizing baths before batting at toys or practicing serves on the racquetball courts.
As a member and former president of the Association for Veterinary Family Practice, Dr. Clay expertly performs annual exams, testing, and vaccines, a necessary prerequisite for pets looking to stay healthy or run for Congress. If problems arise, her staff can swiftly take action to remedy the issue through surgery, take-home treatments, and expert advice. While owners wait, they can munch on popcorn, sip complimentary beverages, and surf the lobby’s free WiFi.
Martina Igberaese knew she was going to become a graphic designer—until she fell in love with a photo booth. The fine-arts graduate now serves as the owner, creative director, and graphic designer began Keepsake Photo Booth, a portable photo-booth service that equips a variety of celebrations with the souvenir-dispensing machines. Her comprehensive service includes a professional host, who arrives one hour before any celebration to set up the booth, helps guests with tips on how to fit a human-pyramid into the shot, and then breaks down the equipment at the end of the rental time. In the 5'x5' booths, up to 10 adults see themselves pose on an interior screen as a professional-grade camera snaps their picture. After the session, the booth’s lab-quality printers dispense photo strips of the shoot in black and white, color, or fresco.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don?t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, helping them both catch up and get ahead academically with engaging instruction and cutting-edge technology?including instruction via iPads. Many of Sylvan?s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Whether capturing a young toddler at play or a newlywed couple's blossoming love, the photographers at Lasting Expressions work hard to make clients look their best, doing everything from advising them on wardrobe decisions to creating compelling and unusual contexts for their shoots. During children's shoots, depending on the season, little subjects plop their feet in a faux pond next to baby ducklings, snuggle fluffy rabbits against their cheek, or strap on wings and frolic in a fantasy fairy land. After each in-studio session, Lasting Expressions prints out glossy images of favorite shots almost instantly, allowing clients to return home with a two-dimensional version of themselves without having to hire a cartoon steamroller to run them over.
Mark Grace has more than 18 years of teaching experience, including stints as the Director of Instruction at Colonial Country Club and the Director of the Memphis Golf Association. His golf academies occupy two locations, and both utilize the power of technological instruction aids such as video swing analysis, TrackMan Doppler radar ball tracking, and a computer coaching system that can compare the swing to those of more than 400 PGA model swings. Mark bases his teaching philosophy on the foundation of grip pressure, believing that the correct grip is the key to a fluid, balanced, and well-shaped swing.
Since it first started up its printing presses in 1976, Memphis Magazine has raked in awards for its coverage of culture, food, and entertainment around the Bluff City. The City and Regional Magazine Association, for example, recently awarded the publication a Gold Medal in the General Excellence category in 2007, 2008, and 2010. More than 60,000 readers open its pages each month to peruse the style section, home-and-garden articles, and guides that highlight local festivals and other events. Locally owned, the magazine prides itself on the quality and independence of its coverage.