Judie Dazzio believes that everyone can be an artist. And at Dazzio Art Experience—a comprehensive art school—she helps everyone from children to adults and novices to professionals harness their creativity. Though she's a painter herself—having won awards for her work with watercolors and acrylics—she caters to range of artistic interests, offering classes in acrylics and watercolors but also branching out into sculpture, illustration, and Photoshop. For the experienced artist, she and her instructors provide developmental classes to help them produce portfolio pieces and host group critique sessions.
Beyond teaching her students the techniques to create, she also displays their works in a gallery attached to her school. Here, rows upon rows of painted canvases, sculptures, and handcrafted jewelry showcase their newly acquired talents.
Yellow accents and diffused lighting make the reception area of LaBrecque Center for Aesthetics feel more like an upscale living room. This homey vibe permeates the center's private treatment rooms, where Tempur-Pedic pillows sprawl across fluffy beds. In these well-appointed quarters, beauty professionals sit down with patients for aesthetic consultations and treatments. They take time to account for all the factors that impact beauty, and use these considerations to build treatment plans that help clients look and feel as beautiful on the outside as they do inside their high-school yearbooks. Licensed aestheticians call upon laser technology for the majority of services, wielding the energetic light to remove hair, tighten skin, and spur cell regeneration. Complementing their work, an onsite physician plumps wrinkles with Botox and performs laser tattoo removal with an authentic lightsaber.
TigerDirect.com's vast virtual warehouse distributes computer parts, software, and gadgetry around the world, backed by their brick-and-mortar stores around the nation. Home to PC and computing experts, the stores dole out repair and advice in equal sums, answering questions about virus issues such as pop-ups or nasty computer-sneezing fits. Founded on the principles of putting the consumer first, TigerDirect offers same-day shipping and business-to-business sales, and they boast a spyware-tight website security guarantee that will cover customer liability up to $50.
The computer engineers at Respectable PC Services outfit their customers with the equipment and knowledge they need to get the most out of modern technology. The staff can improve performance with hardware or software upgrades, recover lost data, vanquish viruses, and even build custom personal computers. As an added assurance, services are backed by a 30-day warranty, and a six-month warranty protects all items purchased new.
Software guru Dave Cross, a 2009 inductee in the Photoshop Hall of Fame, has been sharing his picture-manipulating wisdom with thousands of students since 1987, leading seminars on popular computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. In just the past 12 years, Cross has traveled to every state in the United States to teach the ins and outs of Photoshop, and he continues to run digital-photography and image-editing workshops at Studio 3 in Oldsmar. He has taught hundreds of students how to get their cameras out of automatic mode and to take better photographs. A man who wears many hats, Cross is also the lead instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, a co-host of a web-based show called Photoshop User TV, and the voice behind a weekly podcast known as “Ask Dave,” in which he answers user questions about Photoshop and doles out free advice on how to airbrush ghosts out of family portraits.