Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Redbones Dog Bakery and Boutique boasts a bevy of fresh treats to appease canine appetites, with a menu ranging from cheddar and garlic studded cheesy bones ($5.99/half-pound) to scoops of peanut butter and banana frozen dogurt ($1.50). Crunchy mint and parsley breath mints ($5.99) transform the panting mouths of halitosis-stricken hounds into vessels of aromatherapy, and indecisive hound handlers can purchase a half-pound assortment of Redbones’ most popular concoctions ($5.99). All treats are baked fresh daily and sweetened naturally with honey, vanilla, and banana rather than sugar.
The experienced instructors at The Club in Yulee whip bodies into shape with Zumba and Les Mills aerobic classes. Like a dumbbell-infused game of Simon Says, one-hour BodyPump workouts boost body discipline and challenge major muscle groups with squats, presses, lifts, and curls. Similarly demanding, RPM indoor-cycling treks tax lungs and spinning legs with an exacting cardio routine over a variety of simulated terrains, and BodyFlow sessions soothe stresses and improve core strength with moves from tai chi, yoga, and Pilates. Participants can burn calories with fiery dance steps and up-tempo Latin tunes during Zumba dance classes, which, unlike waltz boxing, combine workouts and dancing without the possibility of rejection from punching bags. To accommodate busy bees and busy humans, classes are scheduled throughout the week with convenient early-morning and evening classes.
Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is celebrating a decade of musical performances with a season of world-class concerts such as the June 8 show featuring the Grammy-award-winning sextet eighth blackbird. Attendees may pick up their two general-admission tickets at will-call before settling into their seats to take in a performance more mellifluous and theatrical than a troupe of circus cats harmonizing in the shower. Marvel at displays of mental and physical dexterity as eighth blackbird’s members harmonize through six pieces, often playing from memory on flute, clarinet, viola, cello, and piano. The Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival will continue through June 19, with a full schedule of similarly inspiring and enjoyable performances, including chamber ensembles, tango and flamenco, American roots music, and jazz.
Culling from a lengthy list of quality vendors, Absolute Fabrics and Home dolls up area domiciles with furniture, accents, and home décor. Tables can guard their precious finishes by strewing a set of six recycled coasters ($22) that pave a path around the shapely Juliska pewter-finish bowl ($38). Surround memories in artful design with picture frames adorned with turquoise flowers ($24), ringed with stripes ($22.50), or hewn from silver and bone ($48). Potted silk hydrangeas ($38) proffer perennial interior foliage, and an elegant Kim Seybert coral votive holder ($48), crafted out of gilded beads, cradles delicate flames in oceanic arms that evoke peaceful tide pools and clown-fish hotels.
Liberty Tax Service's armada of certified public accountants swoops in to rescue taxpayers from the onslaught of numbers, paperwork, and quadratic equations that overwhelms during tax season. Beyond computerized tax preparation and electronic filing during the months preceding April 15, clients can count on the company's expertise during an audit, through a correspondence with the IRS or state agencies, or while finding the best games living inside their graphic calculators. Liberty Tax Service also benefits community members outside of the office by sponsoring Relay for Life, a race benefitting the American Cancer Society, and by collecting unwanted cell phones and sending them to soldiers overseas.