Jason DeMarre’s articulate financial advice can help clients build a retirement fund, save for their kids’ colleges, or reach a passel of other long-term goals. With today’s deal, he’ll spend up to 12.5 hours fashioning a personalized plan of action for each client over the course of one year. A series of about five face-to-face planning sessions commence with a one-hour introductory meeting, followed by a profile meeting, during which Jason will build a detailed SWOT analysis to highlight a client’s portfolio’s strengths and weaknesses and to counter potential financial threats, such as the fire-breathing dragon living inside their filing cabinet. Then, he’ll unveil a full plan for a monetary makeover at a 90-minute strategy session, after which he’ll meet with clients again to pick products to invest in, such as stocks, bonds, and high-value Monopoly properties. Finally, a closing meeting will discuss plan implementation. ING Financial Partners is not a captive agency; Jason can pick and choose products from all financial services, not just ING, to assure the best possible match.
The staff at Martina's Cleaning puts unclean homes through the rinse cycle with fast and efficient housecleaning services. In a flurry of scrubber bubbles, a licensed technician can sanitize bathrooms, wipe dust from surfaces, and restore windows to a sparkling transparency. Homeowners can also request a specialty one-time cleanup when their aquarium-mounted dartboard yields disaster.
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits, has been creating photographic heirlooms since 1947. With your 20- to 30-minute photo session ($30), get your soul captured indoors at Yuen Lui's studio, boasting 16 background options, or let nature provide the backdrop at Aliso Beach's outdoor picture-taking spots. Up to eight people can appear in the shoot (additional subjects will incur an extra cost), making this deal an ideal opportunity to upgrade the framed family photos that have been hanging in your parents’ home for the past 600 years. Now that you aren’t riddled with acne or plagued with a six-year-old’s gummy smile, split the cost with your sibs and surprise your folks with a more up-to-date snapshot just in time for the holidays.
Tucked into Bellevue's wooded landscape, East West Massage stands as a verdant haven from the stresses of city living. Trees surround the large homestyle spa, where open picture windows allow guests to look out onto the thriving landscape while sipping cups of one of 60 teas and enjoying relaxing foot massages. The therapeutic power of nature comes inside, as well: technicians infuse the spa’s footbaths with herbs chosen for their particular healing properties. During their time in the private-treatment areas, guests can also unwind with Swedish and deep-tissue massage to eliminate chronic tension, or sports massage to ease sore batting helmets.
EMP Museum is a tribute to cultural icons as well as a breeding ground for the next generation of musicians and societal shapers. Here, attendees don’t just stand before exhibits that explore Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, but throw down their own musical chops in interactive exhibits such as Sound Lab, where they riff on an electric guitar, bang on drums, and tweak acoustics behind a mixing console. On Stage also gets guests to grip instruments, but under the hot lights of the stage, where they can pretend to entertain legions of fans or accompany their nephew’s birthday party.
The museum also curates rotating exhibits that celebrate modern cultural achievements. These have showcased the impact of Nirvana’s career alongside historic artifacts as diverse as Hendrix’s Stratocaster from Woodstock and Neo’s black futuristic coat from Matrix Reloaded. As home to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum also spotlights luminaries such as Ray Bradbury and Steven Spielberg, who have shaped a generation’s imagination while warning people about the perils of suppressing ingenuity, ideas, and viewpoints.
All of the educational programming and special events unfold inside the architectural jewel that is the EMP Museum. Designed by Frank O. Gehry, the building’s 3,000 stainless-steel panels shimmer and seemingly swing through the air. This fluidity, which can alter its appearance depending on the time of day and light conditions, is about “reminding audiences that music and culture is constantly evolving,” as the museum’s website states.