EmilieCarol, the photog behind EmilieCarol Photography, specializes in snapping candid, fun, and flattering images against the backdrop of the great outdoors. Whether capturing a loving smile between engaged or newlywed couples or photographing the wedding itself, she invests in each shoot, throwing herself into capturing small gestures and details with an eye for artistic composition that can play down the poor timing of an alien invasion. When not shooting weddings, family portraits, or senior pictures, EmilieCarol sends off prop-laden photo booths to parties and events under the supervision of one or two attendants.
Kelly Ballentine Colacioppo is a third generation appliance salesperson. Her father owns a restaurant equipment store, so it’s fitting that her store, The Cook's Station, outfits home kitchens with professional-quality equipment. The selection of top brands includes GE Profile, Bosch, and BlueStar, whose 22,000-BTU gas ranges feature extra-large ovens and custom-configured burners modeled after those found in professional kitchens. Cookware from the Culinary Institute of America’s Masters Collection is designed by certified master chefs, and bakeware from Nordic Ware aims to create the perfect bundt cake. Unique gift collections from Nora Fleming, Beatriz Ball, and Casafina are also available. For those starting completely from scratch, the staff includes a licensed kitchen designer, a licensed contractor, and diagrams that illustrate the differences between forks and spoons.
However, The Cook's Station is not just about prepping kitchens—it’s also about prepping the people who use them. A full calendar of foodie events includes cooking and equipment demos, and an online cache of recipes gives chefs new meals to experiment with. Monthly Uncorked events explore wine and tapas pairings, and a knife sharpening service ensures blades are always ready to slice up veggies or that frustratingly impossible soufflé recipe.
Annoyed by bites and wary of diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, Mosquito Squad spritzes its signature barrier spray across more than 20 states. Technicians protect home acreage with an EPA-registered spray, which kills adult mosquitoes and ticks using synthetic chemicals that emulate a compound found in chrysanthemums. They take care to avoid blossoms and harming helpful bugs such as honeybees and sentient VW Beetles. As an alternative, staffers can spritz an all-natural spray, whose scent confuses and repels pests for about two weeks. Mosquito Squad can also equip yards with remote-controlled automatic misting systems, as well as spray lawns and municipal places before outdoor events.
Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from Coaster, Forbidden City, Harden, Sealy, Old Town Imports, and other top brands help customers to capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed backed by a strong, modern headboard covered with tufted upholstery that boasts the color of morning cappuccino but the flavor of tufted upholstery ($347 for a queen; $516 for a king). Taking home a Davenport nightstand means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills ($125). Home-office workers can perch glowing Internet portals atop a classic table desk, creating an imposing pedestal that distracts interning offspring from their demands for a salary ($400).