The photographers at Creative Photo rely on professional training and a mastery of capturing family moments to guarantee 100% satisfaction with photography sessions and prints inked on site. The studio nestles on two acres of natural backdrops and overlooks Grindstone Nature Area, which furnishes an additional 300-acre expanse for outdoor sittings. Much like the pouch of a giant kangaroo, the 4,000-square-foot studio accommodates groups of more than 40 people and provides plenty of space for single or paired subjects. To add to their portfolio of joyfully posed family portraits, personalized graduation pictures, and full-color shots of wide-eyed children, the studio's photographers also cart their gear to weddings and commercial shoots.
Though shoji screens, wall-mounted Japanese fans, and natural-wood tones lend a calming simplicity to the decor, Geisha Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar doesn't lack for spectacle. At hibachi stations, chefs entertain diners with witty banter and flashy knife skills as they sear orders of filet mignon, scallops, or lobster tail on the tables' hot-grill surfaces. Behind a wooden bar, sushi chefs adopt a more reserved stance, quietly accessorizing maki with premium ingredients, including shitake mushrooms, spicy sesame oil, and pickled radish.
Perlow-Stevens Gallery is a fine art gallery showcasing local, regional, and national artists in various media, gracing eyes with each artisan's eclectic exhibit for three months at a time. Complement the shiny metal inside your body with jewelry ($36–$5,500) such as the Japanese-inspired metalsmithings of Pam Caidin or the diamond-accented curves from Todd Reed. Current artwork ($100–$8,000) includes the oil-scraped portraiture of Joel Sager and the scenic rural isolations of photographer Notley Hawkins. Delicate sculptures, glass work, and ceramic pieces provide a focal point for family rooms or bulls in search of a china shop.
Good Nature's locally sourced alpaca products swathe bodies in soft fabrics that cry out for gentle cheek rubs. Alpaca socks ($15–$22) enclose feet in their warm embrace. Sweaters, hats, and rugs made of the fine fiber also line the store's aisles. Add aromatic intrigue to séances that channel the spirits of former cars with the many scents of Fred Soll's incense ($5–$16), or adorn selves and surfaces with crystals such as a Celtic cluster crystal ($10.75). Wines such as the fruit-toned 2009 Illahe viognier ($17) infuse bellies with warm oenophilic well-being. Books published by Llewellyn, Hay House, and other spiritually minded page-binders ($8–$65) advise the soul in matters of its consciousness and improvement.
Known locally as the "Gingerbread House," the 1,400-square-foot Creekstone Cottage started out as a two-room log cabin built from local oak trees in the early 20th century. The current Creekstone Cottage was erected around the original cabin's walls in 1935, and the Columbia Historic Preservation Commission listed the cottage as a Notable Historic Property in 2004. Today, the storybook inn features three charmingly furnished bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a fireplace. Guests can linger in the screened-in patio, or chase Mother Goose along the dirt paths through the surrounding gardens lined with flowers and shrubs.