Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
Plants and flames should usually be kept apart, but when John Bartram settled on a 102-acre plot of land in 1728, he was lit with a "Botanick fire" that inspired him to create a comprehensive catalogue of local plant life. Bartram's Garden carries on his enthusiasm for making a “compleat Discovery of the Native Growth in America," collecting an array of native plants, including the oldest Ginkgo biloba in North America and the Franklinia alatamaha, which John discovered in Georgia and saved from extinction. Bartram's Garden has been a site of historic significance since 3,000 B.C., when Native Americans left behind numerous artifacts, including flakes from stone tools and fire-cracked rock. After Bartram settled on the land, it became a meeting place with his friends, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, with whom he founded the American Philosophical Society and the country's first beach-volleyball league. As King George III's royal botanist, Bartram was charged with shipping crates of precious seeds back to Britain. He helped color Britain’s gardens with new magnolias, rhododendrons, and sugar maples, none of which had been seen outside of America, and published the first nursery catalog in the United States in 1783. Today, the garden stretches more than 45 acres of parkland, wildlife habitats, tidal wetlands, and a reclaimed meadow. Visitors can wander the grounds and gaze at Bartram's austere stone cottage, or look around at the same trees and plants that Bartram discovered centuries ago. Past the manicured nursery and orchard, a recently completed mile-long trail extends to the Schuylkill riverfront and east coast greenway.
In 2009, Philly Balloon Decor got its start in Puerto Rico under the name Boom Boom Events. In 2013, the outfit moved to Philadelphia to craft inflatable decorations for birthday parties, weddings, and other events. The company's balloon artists tailor their creations to clients' preferences, inflating works that range from centerpieces for tables to masses of balloons that spell out messages.
For most restaurants, remodeling is limited to subtle changes to the menu or interior. La Stanza, on the other hand, recently went through a complete overhaul before thousands of viewers on the Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible. Now, the restaurant is decked out with rich burgundy accents and mod metal artwork. Lamps with twisted metal hang from the ceiling, brightening up a space that was previously considered to be too dark. But what really takes center stage is the food.
According to a South Philly Review, the food was never really an issue for the Food Network show. La Stanza's chef, Marco Decotiis told the Review that: “The Food Network told me it had looked into me and realized I’m a good cook." The show's focus was more on updating the decor.
Photo booths from Flash produce fun and high-quality results, giving up to 10 people enough room to ham it up in front of a camera designed for professional use. The 18-megapixel Canon Eos Rebel T2i captures stills and can record video in full 1080p HD, with a fast-acting printer promptly issuing photo strips. Music from the built-in speaker system keeps subjects moving, and changeable backdrops ensure repeat photo bombers don’t get bored. Flash’s service packages range from two to five hours and include setup and takedown, a choice of color or black-and-white prints, access to an online photo gallery, prints for everyone in the booth, and one of three charismatic service attendants.
Signature service: Hospitality staffing services
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
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