McEntire Pilates' certified instructors help students tone muscles and hone balance through innovative Pilates workouts six days a week. In 55-minute BioCored classes that use state-of-the art suspension equipment, stretchy bungee cords create natural instability, forcing students' muscles to work hard to achieve balance. Classes are designed for people of all fitness levels, and aim to activate dormant muscles while enhancing perception and the brain's ability to communicate with the body. Workouts can also aid multiple systems of the body, including the neuromuscular and vestibular. Unlike full-contact poetry slamming, suspension training is believed to help reduce stress, relieve pain, and help exercisers sleep.
Kim Williams’s photography career sprang from necessity. As the former owner of a children’s event-planning company, Kim was charged with snapping shots of her tiny clientele, capturing candid smiles, gleeful laughter, and surreptitious paste eating. As her love affair with the camera blossomed, she found herself investing time and money into more advanced equipment and eventually opened The Village Paparazzi.
Whether on-location or in-studio, Kim is easy on direction, especially with children, letting her subjects express themselves however they wish while she documents the moment. Kim’s easygoing personality and expert manipulation of natural light yield a portfolio filled with natural-looking shots of kids, families, and couples.
The Boudoir Loft's owner and photographer Kimberly Williams captures artistically framed images within her private Rochester studio. Though she concentrates mostly on sensual boudoir shoots, Kimberly also snaps wedding photos and portraits of kids, teens, and the various developmental stages of prized hydrangea bushes. Kimberly also flexes her Photoshop skills as she edits each photo, erasing flaws and enhancing natural features to create high-quality, alluring images. Additionally, her full-service, onsite salon and event space Blowdry Divas offers airbrushing makeup services and professional haircare, and both companies join forces by combining makeovers and glamorous photo shoots for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and girls’ nights out.
The sunny yellow clapboards of a 135-year-old farmhouse announce the bright wares of the Village Lamp Shop, a family enterprise that has sold and repaired lighting elements since the days of the oil lamp. The Beuthien family sparked their business in the dawn of the 20th century, lighting candles and lamps for the observation of religious rituals. Now in its third generation, the lampsmiths specialize in filling homes with mid-century, retro, and antique fixtures restored to their original brilliance, as well as custom fabrication of everything from base to wavelength. Their handiness manifests in a line of cylinder lamps made on-site with '50s-inspired prints. The family's appreciation for kitsch and wry sense of humor comes to light through the store's mascot, Lou, a stereotypical 1950's partier who displays his spirit by crowning himself in a lampshade and singing Buddy Holly tunes off-key.
TruBlue of Rochester Hills takes the hassle out of housework. It sends out house-care managers to oversee all aspects of the home, with services ranging from housecleaning services to yard work and house repair. In addition, they customize their services to meet their client's needs and budget.
Handy employees help customers navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials at Ace Hardware. Prepare for autumn with a sturdy leaf scoop ($6.49) and a package of five 30-gallon paper bags ($2.99), or reduce power consumption by purchasing compact fluorescent bulbs ($0.99 each), as an alternative to housing relatives inside an energy-efficient hamster wheel. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home décor, and housewares.
In the last 40 years, Portrait Scene's photographers have helped to memorialize special moments in the lives of thousands of children, teens, and adults across the country. By constantly working with families, they have mastered the art of calming toddlers and keeping parents still enough to say or even pasteurize cheese. Outdoor shoots make use of natural tones, such as those of crystal-blue lake waters and green, leafy trees. In the spring months, photos brim with the pastel buds of tulips and the shine of bluebirds applying makeup for the first time all year.