After earning a degree in digital art and graphic design, Jessica Leigh Rini started her own paper-goods company dedicated to personalized correspondence and distinctive wedding stationery. Jessica and her doe-eyed labradoodle sidekick sort through reams of potential materials, be it satiny bows to grace the top of a shower invite or delicate lace edging to announce a backyard wrestling match. As she handcrafts her paper products, she builds off of client's visions for custom invitations and other handcrafted paper goods such as place cards, bridal-shower favors, and thank-you cards.
Though they rarely have a moment to savor between snapshots, Silverfox Photography’s Joann and John Salkowsky have certainly had a year worth celebrating. From the 20th anniversary of their photo studio to a recent Bride's Choice award courtesy of Wedding Wire, the husband-and-wife team have racked up accolades but show no signs of slowing down. Silverfox Photography continues to capture intimate moments and special celebrations as they happen, stationing professionals behind the lens and taking care to leave no important memory outside of the frame. The studio’s photography freezes time in front of vivid backgrounds, and its videography services give clients the opportunity to relive first dances, graduations, and daily trips to the grocery store.
Imperial Cleaning Company's bonded and insured crews wield microfiber cloths to swipe dust off hard surfaces, steer two types of HEPA-filter vacuums across floors, and use Green Seal–certified cleaning solutions to kill household dirt and bacteria without leaving harmful residue. While performing big-picture cleaning—such as in kitchen, bathroom, and living-room areas—cleaners still pay close attention to the small areas where dirt settles, such as shower-door tracks, refrigerator tops, and doll teeth. As an end result, homes and commercial buildings are kept clean, wholesome, and free of hard chemicals.
Named 2011’s Best Camp on Long Island by the Long Island Press, BounceU Farmingdale’s summer day camp transports kids to an inflatable, climate-controlled playground where they bounce from side to side in a safe, stimulating environment. From 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, kids can imagine they're synchronized leapers in Michael Flatley's Riverbounce as they carom around the inflatable stadium, expending energy and cultivating creativity with every leap. From giant-gloved boxing jabs to bounce-assisted slam dunks, exercise meets imagination through games and artistic activities designed to engage young minds. While campers trample through inflatables, the attentive BounceU Farmingdale staff monitors the rebounding playground at all times, ensuring that the facilities are safe, clean, and thoroughly buoyant.
Even in his days on the police force, Michael Gould found himself working with dogs. As a lieutenant, he commanded his department's canine unit, and this affinity for dogs serves him well as the owner-operator of Hounds Town USA. Born from a dog-training business, Hounds Town USA is not just a place for dogs to hang out while their owners are away. Here, in the large, temperature-controlled facility, they satisfy their pack instincts with a group of like-minded pooches. They chase one another, flop down for naps together, and discuss methods for getting the cookie jar off their owner's kitchen counter. All staff members have been thoroughly trained to interact with a pack of dogs, and they supervise this pack constantly, encouraging good behavior with physical and verbal praise. Because all pups are given a temperament test before their first day, they're assigned to a playgroup that matches their playing style and preferences, even if they really just want to play House.