Small Kitchen Big Taste started as a food blog focused on the challenges?and joys?of cooking in a kitchen the size of a closet. Writing it made the author, Karen, realize that she loved cooking too much to treat it as a hobby. Today she specializes in reheatable gourmet dishes crafted from whole foods such as balsamic-glazed salmon or white-bean-and-kale soup. Her organic catering spreads also add zest to events, from a girls' night in to a cocktail party for 100.
The photo-lab technicians at Ross Imaging Center deftly manipulate celluloid memories to produce crisp prints, high-resolution digital images, video transfers, and more. Scanning services, such as slide scans ($2/slide for 1–10 slides) and negative scans ($5.95 for an uncut roll of up to 36 exposures) usher old-fashioned snapshots into the high-res digital age with pixilated images to set inside the mantelpiece iPad. Pictures amassed over dozens of Secretary Appreciation Days condense conveniently onto one CD with the shoebox scan ($39.95 for up to 250 photos) for easy perusal.
With more than 30 years of artistic accolades under his belt, Steve Cooper tailors each of professional photo sessions to match the unique personality of each of his portrait-seeking patrons. First, future face flashers will sit down with Steve for a pre-portrait consultation to plan the style of their session, choosing between a controlled indoor sitting or one set amid the rock formations, wooded paths, and cloned dinosaurs inhabiting his 3.5-acre portrait park. Once the scheduled images come to artful fruition, photo subjects will select prints at Steve's side in a separate session, becoming reacquainted with their glamorous selves via digital projection. Customers can choose to have their 11"x14" portrait reproduced in color or black and white, and the chosen image will also be retouched and hand-signed to impress even the snootiest of mantelpieces.
Combining her experience working at a restaurant, a prepress printing company, and an advertising agency, Carisa Lockery is able to take a gestalt-like approach to event planning. At CR Socials Event Planning, LLC, she leads teams of coordinators who lend their design and logistical expertise to both intimate events and large-scale soirees. The staff can work from a set of general ideas or build on existing plans, much like the first elevator was built off of abandoned blueprints for a time machine. To complement big-picture services, a resident graphic designer can illustrate custom invitations and greeting cards, and a resident florist builds elaborate bouquets to fit color schemes.
Designed specifically for kids 12 and under, Monkey Joes is lined wall-to-wall with inflatables. Little ones leap across slides, jumps, and obstacle courses while enjoying a combination of fun and fitness, much like bench pressing a comedian. A team of trained staff members supervises the youngsters, so parents––who receive complimentary entry––can take a load off in one of the facility's leather chairs or work with staffers to throw the perfect birthday party in a private room.
And while fun may be their forte, these professionals name safety as their number-one priority. They corral kids aged 3 and under in a toddler-specific area and––when the day is done––use a micro-misting device to spray a safe, non-toxic cleaning solution that eliminates 99.9% of bacteria, fungi, and viruses on contact.