The Priceless Parrot Preserve sounds like a jungle. The calls and conversations of more than 100 birds from 29 species form a symphony that strengthens social bonds. Well-behaved members of the flock greet visitors and play with toys hanging from the ceiling, whereas animals with behavioral issues—often the products of abuse or neglect—hang back, working with volunteers and founders Gene and Marietta Avery to grow and recover. As a licensed wildlife rehabilitator, Gene provides medical care to the often malnourished birds and ensures that they receive a rich diet of nuts and fruit.
Gene and Marietta Avery founded The Priceless Parrot Preserve to care for neglected and abandoned exotic birds. Their goal is twofold: to educate the public about the birds both as pets and wild creatures, and to give a permanent home to mistreated and unwanted birds. The couple originally adopted the birds out of their own pockets, but formed their own preserve when confronted with the sheer number of birds in need. Today, they specialize in taking in larger birds such as macaws and cockatoos that demand more attention and other birds that might be considered unadoptable.
While what's considered beautiful can sometimes seem monolithic?a one-color, one-style type of beauty?the stylists at DeLou Couture Beauty Services recognize that beauty comes in all hair shades (even those usually found only in crayon boxes) and textures. They want their clients to feel good about themselves and to treat their tresses right, so they work with customers from all ethnic backgrounds to choose the haircut and haircare techniques that are right for them.
In addition to cuts, color, and services such as natural blowouts or relaxers, DeLou Couture's stylists also primp nails, wax unruly brows, and apply makeup so clients' lipstick can match?or artfully clash?with their new highlights. Most of these services can also be taken on the road, for at-home prettifying sessions and special occasions such as weddings and away soccer games.
With a background in studying guns of different sizes, calibers, and eras of history, Frank Melloni turned his passion into a career by founding Renaissance Firearms Instruction. But it's perhaps his appearance on the History Channel's Top Shot that his customers find the most impressive. At Renaissance, along with his fellow instructors, Frank demonstrates proper handling of weaponry in eight classes. Some of these sessions follow NRA course outlines while others were designed by Frank himself, including one on familiarization with historic guns. For time spent outside the classroom, they direct students to several local ranges with which Renaissance Firearms Instruction is affiliated.
OTOhealth Hearing Care protects and preserves auditory abilities by equipping patients with appropriate hearing technology and services. Each office carries an extensive line of hearing aids that sit behind the ear, on top of the ear, or inside the ear, or loop under the chin, around the back, and over the big toe before finally settling somewhere near the ear.
Its health-care professionals can lead comprehensive screenings for children and adults and help pair patients with a device to meet their unique needs. Additionally, technicians can expedite minor repairs to devices onsite and can also connect customers with assisted-listening devices that augment FM radios, alarm clocks, doorbells, TVs, and telephones.
In 1913, German-born Carl Braunhart debuted a shop of high-quality cycles that eventually migrated stateside and, over the years, traded hands to his great-grandson. In 1980, Fred Feller bought the shop from the Braunhart family, and when his son, Darren, graduated from college, Carl Hart Bicycles once again became a multigenerational family business. Today, Fred and Darren's staff of factory-certified technicians and cycling enthusiasts, some with backgrounds in semiprofessional racing, help patrons sift through an impressive inventory of quality bicycles from top industry brands such as Trek, Specialized, and Cannondale. Most two-wheelers come in five to eight sizes for myriad heights, and staffers measure customers to find the best fit. But when a traditional bicycle won't suffice, they send measurements to Seven Cycles or Guru factories, where workers craft customized frames. Custom-fit bikes contour to riders' bodies, cushioning the stress of frequent biking and the need to throw bikes at slow-moving pedestrians. Before committing to any purchase, customers are encouraged to take a test spin around the parking lot or stop by on Demo Days. On these days, bike manufacturers bring their cycles to the store and patrons can try them on for size as they pop wheelies over unassuming companions or traverse miles of mountain trails that branch out from the shop. On Saturdays, Darren or an assistant manager takes groups of up to 35 cyclists on 36-mile excursions. Afterwards, athletes refuel with bagels at the shop.