At Jewelry Creations Workshop, carrying a torch for someone doesn't mean you have a crush on them—it means you're actually holding a torch for them while they tie their hair back and prepare to solder pieces of hand-made jewelry together. Named Best Jewelry Maker by the Miami New Times in 2013, the workshop team teaches wide-ranging techniques, from the aforementioned soldering to fold forming and enameling. Owner Steven Brownlee, who leads many of the sessions, has more than a decade of experience in the craft and uses it to teach cutting-edge techniques as well as the basics. In his introductory workshop, students get more than three hours to practice the fundamentals and craft a simple silver ring ideal for spontaneously proposing to a classmate.
Sthefany Pessoa got her start in the hospitality industry after moving to Miami from Brazil as a young girl. Inspired by the weddings and special events she witnessed at the hotels where she worked, she decided to enroll in QC School of Events. She then founded Happily Ever After, a wedding-planning company she's helmed for more than five years.
Although Pessoa is adept at planning bar and bat mitzvahs and gala events, weddings are her bread, butter, and plastic cake topper. She guides brides and grooms through the often-overwhelming planning process with four tiered packages. The Diva package is for couples who don't know where to begin: Pessoa conducts a one-day meeting to discuss the their vision and provide them with venue ideas, timelines, checklists, and budget sheets. The Princess package provides day-of coordination services, in which she meets with couples about a month before the event and takes the reins on last-minute details, ensuring the special day goes off without a hitch. Perfect for brides who have gotten bogged down with planning, the Queen package offers guidance and help with the final steps of the process. Pessoa also offers a full-service, start-to-finish planning service known as the Goddess package.
Using an unconventional process touted by media outlets such as Fox News, The Sadkhin Complex focuses on helping clients lose excess weight by addressing their hunger at its source. More than 20 years of development have formed the Sadkhin Method, the company's natural, drug-free, and non-invasive approach to weight loss.
At its source, the program blends health coaching and nutritional planning with acupressure-influenced patented chrono-stimulation therapy. Using small chrome spheres placed at specific pressure points behind the client's ears, certified Sadkhin practitioners aim to stimulate the hypothalamus—the part of the brain that controls hunger—which can also help you quit envisioning your best friend as a giant slice of pie.
To help clients extend the benefits of this treatment for the long term, the specialists also prescribe an eating plan based on natural foods, which helps synchronize organ function and balance internal systems.
DrPhoneFix's technicians know their way around a circuit board. That's because they spend their days repairing and replacing electronic devices of all sizes, from hand-held smartphones to full tower computers, striving to power up their customers' products with as little downtime as possible. Their Apple repair services bring sidelined phones and tablets from the brink of the recycle bin by replacing smashed glass as well as touch sensors that only respond to the feel of their owners' toes. They can also remedy broken charger ports, crackling audio connections, and faulty power buttons that plague HTC and Samsung devices.
Logicom Media Solutions Corp has more than 10 years of experience providing integrated solutions for the audio-visual industry with products designed and manufactured in the United States. The company carries a range of home-entertainment servers with integrated features such as Blu-ray and DVD copiers. Many of its systems can be accessed anywhere in the world, allowing clients to access their movies and media in other countries via smart TVs and integrated systems. Logicom also carries a variety of accessories such as high-definition cables and virus protection.
We spoke with Jack Macaluso—Regional Social Media and Web Coordinator at Beauty Schools of America—about how the academies prepare students for careers in the real world and why it's important for the schools to give back to their communities.
On the schools' mission
Above all else, Jack says that the schools "try to focus and harness the students' creativity," while giving them all of the experience and practical skills they need not simply to be prepared to enter the work force, but to succeed and thrive. The relatively lengthy training programs ensure that aspiring stylists, cosmetologists, makeup artists, barbers, and massage therapists fully understand the intricacies of their chosen specialty, as well as what they need to do to continue advancing their future career according to Jack.
On the role of the instructors
With a roster of instructors that includes industry professionals with international spa and salon experience, Beauty Schools of America strives to give attendees a broad view of the numerous options open to them. Jack is also clear that the teachers' guidance isn't limited to classroom environments. When the advanced-level students are allowed hone their talents by performing treatments for actual clients, "an instructor or two will always be there to assist and answer questions," he says.
On the products that the students use during treatments
Students use brand name products like Moroccanoil, Sojourn, Nioxin, and others. Working alongside their instructors at modern service stations, these stylists use these products to craft en vogue cuts, color, styling and therapeutic practices.
On the schools' charitable involvement
Beauty Schools of America embraces opportunities to give back to its communities while providing real-world experience for students at the same time. Jack goes on to describe events where the schools' aspiring barbers and cosmetologists performed complimentary services for underprivileged residents, and he mentions one specific occasion when massage students provided free treatments for community members who participated in a bike ride dedicated to raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.