It wasn’t until she had grandchildren that Toni of Snickerdoodles Photography LLC picked up a camera again, rekindling a childhood passion for photography. She then decided to turn this passion into a business with coshutterbug Laurie, and together, they helm sessions that include newborn photo shoots. They specialize in portraits and welcome families and pets, with a collection of props to use during indoor and outdoor sessions. The photography duo also offers event services and themed mini sessions.
Permalites collaborates with clients to create exterior lighting designs that not only provide peace of mind for homeowners, but also beautify their landscaping and increase the resale value of their homes. Each project starts with an in-person consultation with a certified and licensed technician who will discuss lighting ideas and budget constraints before designing a low-voltage lighting system that will meet those needs. All along the way, technicians keep homeowners informed on the project's progress and long after the job is done, technicians can return to homes to provide upkeep or repair services. Permalites can also prep properties for the holidays with Christmas lighting designs and installation, so homeowners don't have to persuade a jolly, bearded neighbor to camp out on their roof for a few weeks.
Husband-and-wife photography team Bert and Cindy Behnke would be formidable competitors—if they didn't run Behnke Fine Portraiture together. Both earned master of photography and photographic craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), along with numerous accolades. Cindy has been the Illinois and PPA Photographer of the Year, and Bert won the PPA's International Award and served as the organization's president. They strut their shutter-snapping skills at their studio in Mokena, tucked amid 2 acres of wooded areas that give clients a scenic alternative to in-studio shoots.
Pump It Up's two indoor inflatable arenas bounce socked striplings high off the ground with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Trained, amiable staffers supervise fun-filled visits where parents can leap around with their kids through gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Attendees can also focus their free play for special events, such as custom birthday parties and themed, private team parties. These themed soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. Both giant arenas are climate controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Supplementing its thorough rule enforcement with expert installation and anchoring, Pump It Up holds itself to strict safety standards.
At Hair of the Dog, nail clipping, premium shampoos, coat conditioners, and massage are just a few services that help ensure pups emerge with their newly cleaned tails wagging. A full-service doggy spa and boutique, Hair of the Dog employs professional groomers highly trained in haircuts, tints, and styles that accentuate each pup’s coat. They also specialize in luxe treatments such as fur blowouts, “pawdicures,” and blueberry facials.