The Basement Dance & Yoga Studio celebrates bodies in motion, whether they are peacefully poised in a meditative yoga pose or joyfully abandoned in a hip-hop pop-and-lock. Instructor of hip-hop classes Janel Scott, a fourth-generation dance instructor with a pedigree that pirouettes back to Chicago's 1920s vaudeville scene, preaches an active learning style, focusing on sound fundamentals and promoting an energetic atmosphere. Adult Hip Hop 101 schools beat-bound bodies in the funky ways of popping, locking, gliding, waving, and Chi-town footwork, which originated in the tradition of using slick choreography to bribe an alderman into settling your parking ticket. The ladies-only Night Club Hip Hop coaches a jazz-funk hip-hop style reminiscent of the "Single Ladies" routine. Although some of the sass-infused routines will be learned in high heels, others can only be performed in diamond-studded rain boots.
AME Computers' electronics guru and founder Anthony Elias is still as passionate about computers as he was 21 years ago when he first dissected a Commodore 64 computer to see how it worked. That passion inspired Anthony to found the website, AME Computers, where he wrote and hosted more than 500 articles that helped to share his technological know-how. As he gathered article contributions from fellow tech gurus, Anthony saw his site grow to attract more than 5,000 visitors each month. Inspired by the growing audience of his site, Anthony opened the brick-and-mortar AME Computers in 2011. Anthony and his staff strive to give the kind of personalized service that is often hard to find at large computer-repair centers. They repair and improve the performance of all computer makes and models, smart phones, and gaming systems, as well as iPods, iPhones, and iPad tablet devices. Other services, which range from data recovery to custom-building computers, ensure smooth and quick sailing across digital-data fields. The staff also can ready machines for recycling, ushering them into the afterlife by erasing their data and absolving their guilt for abetting downloads of instructions for bank robbery.
From the city in which Arbor Day originated, Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard has managed to preserve a legacy that originally began in 1925, when orchard founder Richard Kimmel and his wife Laurine planted their first apple and cherry trees. In a place where there's no shortage of love for agriculture, the orchard has thrived, vastly expanding to eventually grow not only fruit, but also vegetables and many grape varieties. Aside from growing and harvesting crops, the facility also hosts the Kimmel Education and Research Center, which is a staple of the organization that strives to educate and interact with the community.
The photographers at Malayzia Mag Studios have captured events such as the Taste of Chicago and Las Vegas Fashion Week as well as musicians including Robin Thicke and Estelle for the publication Malayzia Mag. They bring this same expertise to their other clients, snapping family portraits, fashion shoots, weddings, and boudoir sessions.
PeggyBank understands that it takes a lot of faith to let go of your memories, even temporarily. That's why they designed a multi-step process to set their clients' minds at ease when sending precious VHS tapes, photographs, and rolls of film to be converted into digital files. The process begins with customers packing their treasured media into a PeggyBox, a crush- and shock-resistant container equipped with waterproof bags to safeguard contents from rain or water-balloon fights in the post office. Upon receiving the packages, PeggyBank's technicians assess the contents and provide an estimate before converting videos and images into the appropriate type of file, which are then hosted by PeggyBank for clients to download at their convenience. Finally, PeggyBank bids adieu to clients' original copies as they ship them safely back home.
Chas DeVetter, founder of DeVetter Fitness, always enjoyed helping people get in shape, so becoming a personal trainer was a natural choice for him. He knows that each client is unique, and they might require a different form of motivation, exercise, and nutrition plan to really get results. He and his trainers lead boot-camp classes at regular locations, so people can enjoy the motivational benefits of a group workout. They also offer semi-private and one-on-one training for all ages and fitness level, traveling to meet clients wherever they're most comfortable: at home, the country club, or their favorite gym. No matter which format the training takes, the trainers adhere to the same philosophy. "Life is a marathon, not a sprint," they say. This means that they encourage people to find effective, sustainable activities and to suck energy gel out of packets whenever possible.