Starting in 1998 in the Philadelphia suburbs, the women behind Art of Exotic Dancing have strutted and hip-rolled their way to the forefront of a surge of interest in fun, sensual movement. Dedicated to fostering a comfortable space where all participants feel safe, the certified instructors proffer encouragement and reassurance as they teach dances that emphasize self-expression, personal power, and natural movement. Women learn to dance to a full song during the 90-minute CoreMoves class, while the Signature Workshop fortifies confidence via flirtatious techniques such as sensual walking and slow-motion winking.
Waterdog Computer Works' resident mascot is a Portuguese Waterdog named Joey. That breed is renowned for its strong work ethic and knack for retrieving fishers' lost tackle and nets. The technicians here hold themselves to a similar standard, swiftly responding to clients' calls and doing everything in their power to resolve their computer issues. Versed in the workings of both PC and Mac systems, the team clears virus infestations, solves hardware malfunctions, speeds sluggish operations, and specialize in the installation of new computers and entire networks.
Bright eyes and toothless smiles are regularly flashed at Little Nest Portraits, where the photographers specialize in children's portraiture. Owner Laura Novak and her quirky, talented staff love to fish for spontaneity and smiles during in-studio and outdoor photo shoots. Like backwards magicians, their trick is preparation: they chat with families beforehand to run down the session, pick up personality traits, and dish out tips such as what to wear. After frames are snapped, their home-design specialists can augment the prints with accessories such as hand-painted frames, canvas wraps, and gallery mounts.
Moments are captured in the comfortable studio, which creates a natural aesthetic with charming textures and a blend of modern furniture and antiques. Not content with merely decorating walls and mantels, the studio also strives to make its community more beautiful, giving back to a number of charities and working with school fundraiser programs.
The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.
It should be no big surprise that the veterinarians and staff at St. George Hunt Memorial Veterinary Hospital are animal lovers. What might surprise pet owners is that not only can they be sure their beloved four-legged friends are getting good medical care, but they can also seek nutritional and behavioral counseling for wayward dogs or cats . The hospital also offers grooming services that keep coats and skin shiny and healthy.
Flag Lady Gifts offers an eclectic selection of giftable goods and patriotic paraphernalia. This deal gets you a 3'x5' two-ply polyester American flag ($56.30) made of extra-strength spun polyester with sewn stripes, full-sized embroidered stars and a pole sleeve for front-door flying. These flags (made by Valley Forge) can resist the gust of high winds, red rocket glares, and bombs bursting in air, and are all made (naturally) in America. You also get two reflective, vinyl oval U.S.A. decals (normally $2.85 each) to stick to the back of the car or tandem bicycle of your choice. Seize this opportunity to publicly announce your household's favorable impression of America this Fourth of July or gift a U.S.A. flag and decal to a friend.