Husband and wife team Sheila and Robert Hurth co-own Tiffany Photographic Studio, helming a full service staff of 10. Together, they distill three-dimensional beauty into contemporary images that pop before plain studio backdrops or vivid sets. With four decades of experience under their shutter fingers, the Hurths supervise charmingly posed family portraits, adorable shots of toddlers and infants amid whimsical props, and event photos snapped on location at weddings or bar mitzvahs. Their studio uses state of the art digital technology, retouching and printing photographs in-house for a quick postsession turnaround. When not standing behind the camera, the Hurths teach photo seminars in Fort Lauderdale and the Carolinas and spend their free time authoring tutorial books and videos on boudoir photography, portraiture, and how to get a close-up shot of a black hole.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Recognized by the Florida Environmental Protection Agency as a green business, Dry Clean Xpress's state-of-the-art Firbimatic carbon-absorption system and biodegradable detergent lessen the company's carbon footprint while diminishing the prevalence of stains. Its eco-friendly dry-cleaning services purify the fibers of a wide variety of items, ranging from wedding gowns to comforters. The family-owned company helps dirt and grime meet their end at one of many locations across Southern Florida, where clothes can be dropped off by their owners or by Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans. Dry Clean Xpress can also clean up the upholstery, comforters, and carpet of any yacht's interior, and its alteration services tailor overgrown dresses or mend pockets torn open by seagulls vying for lunch money.
Long-distance communication has evolved considerably from the days of carrier pigeons, Morse code, and talking face to face. Uship FedEx is on the edge of such modern technology with shipping via DHL and FedEx as well as top-of-the line technology for your office needs. Clients can stop into the facility's Internet café or solicit a skilled print-shop technician to create 1,000 business cards—one for each of your personalities.
They might be far from the mountains, but the performers at Catskills Comedy Club keep their audiences' spirits high. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, a lineup of professional comedians and variety acts delivers a set featuring
After amassing 12 years of combined pet-care experience, animal lovers George Meneses and Alan Aghazadian opened a 3,000 square-foot, cage-free utopia for canines. Inside, dogs are split up by size to frolic around a 900 square-foot playground carpeted with joint-friendly, antimicrobial K9Grass. Cool-water misters and shade-providing awnings keep pooches comfortable in a 1,200 square-foot outdoor playground where dogs stretch their legs or practice cannonballs into the pool. Passionate about humane, dog-friendly conditions, the staff grooms pups in a cage-free room with deluxe John Paul Pet products, crafted by a cofounder of Paul Mitchell. Overnight guests stay in private, oversized pods equipped with windows, so they can look out onto fellow hotel guests or watch for room-service deliveries. The facility boasts modern décor—inside, a loft-like atmosphere has human-friendly seating areas outfitted with Saarinen tables and, outdoors, park benches let humans take a seat while pups burn off energy. In a petite gift shop, boutique products include The Kenyan Collection hand-beaded leather collars, as well as deluxe toys and food bowls.