A First Impression renews homes with new carpets, upholstery, and bedding and has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News for its ability to revitalize furniture. Much like a shape-shifting silver dollar, A First Impression’s custom projects vary in price, but pricing starts at $45 per hour for labor plus the cost of materials. Line foot highways in new floor fur, choosing from more than 15 brands. The cost of carpet is $19.95 per yard, which includes installation and 7-pound padding. Homeowners can also redecorate rooms with drapes ($58 for a 2’ window including installation), reupholstered dining-room chairs ($35 each), sofas ($99/ft. plus a flat labor rate of $99), or custom sheets, comforters, and pillowcases ($45/hour for labor, material costs vary).
Billy Dickson and the photographers at Just Shoot Me Photography specialize in chronicling two of the most memorable times in life: the emotion and excitement of a wedding day and the wonder at the introduction of a newborn. During weddings, the team captures the big moments—the march down the aisle, the first dance—but they also spy subtle moments that evoke the mood of the day: a ring gleaming on a side table as the bride gets ready, or a close-up of a bridesmaid's hands as she clutches a bouquet of flowers.
The team also shines working around infants, often photographing babies as young as 4–14 days old. They adore shots in which parents cradle their newborns in their hands, a pose which puts the tiny size of the mini models in perspective. Brothers and sisters can join in these portraits, too, stepping off to the side to play a Nintendo 64 game console or discuss how to convince their parents to name their new sibling "Ludwig van Baby" when it's not their turn in the spotlight anymore.
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum chronicles the life and career of President Reagan on a sprawling, 100-acre Simi Valley campus. The museum's more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits, including an Oval Office replica and President Reagan's gravesite, draws in history buffs and provides children with an often-interactive primer to America’s 40th president and the 1976 winner of the Iditarod. Visitors can use the museum’s GuideCam handheld device for a detailed audio tour. Headphones allow private immersion in the background of exhibits such as Reagan's actual Air Force One and a piece of the Berlin Wall. Examining all the exhibits usually takes about three hours, though visitors can rest and refuel at the Ronald Reagan Pub housed within the museum, which features sandwiches, beverages, and a vintage Walter Mondale dartboard.
Each of Paint A Dream’s three studios are ringed by shelves, each stacked high with bleached-white ceramics that stare out longingly, ready to welcome creative coatings of paint. Artists pick out their ceramic soulmates from plates, platters, cups, and figurines before turning them into personalized masterpieces. Using provided paints and brushes, they adorn pieces with colorful designs, drawings, and algebraic equations. Once muses deem painting finished, staff members usher each piece away to be glazed and fired. The studios welcome walk-in creators as well as groups including class trips, birthday parties, and fundraisers.
Allegro Assistants owner MistiLynn Lokken, recognized as Admin of the Month by the American Society of Administrative Professionals in 2011, has more than 11 years of experience under her belt helping individuals clear out their to-do lists. Her efficient talents include responding to emails, phone calls, and communicating by semaphore, and they extend to abolishing clutter in an office or home or organizing calendars. When it comes to travel arrangements, she goes beyond just booking hotels—she even scouts out events to keep her clients entertained on location.