When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.:m]]
Yuen Lui Studio, a family-owned photography business specializing in individual and family portraits and wedding photography, creates visual heirlooms in a tradition of quality it has upheld since 1947. With several area studios available, each boasts a multitude of backdrop options for portraiture sessions, or photographers may take sessions outdoors to add natural scenery to the frame. Wedding and engagement shots come to life under the careful eyes of each photographer as they seize rare moments and trap them in frames to be displayed like trophies from a hunt. High-school, child, baby, and family portraits keep precious memories locked in time for clients, who can peruse an online gallery of their images after their session.
The ninth-annual Great Kitchen and Bath Tour wends its way through the custom cabinets and countertops of 12 Puget Sound residences, including a modern bathroom designed by Richard Pope & Dawn Ryan of Creative Kitchen + Bath and a remodeled kitchen created by Denny Conner. As ticket-holders arrive at each stop, they can browse glazed-tile backsplashes, run fingers along beveled countertops, admire brushed-nickel spigots, and check medicine cabinets for Flintstones vitamins before traipsing to the next location.
Laserium Med Spa's staff solves skin- and beauty-related challenges through their mastery of the Laserium laser system. The specialized technology, used only by the technicians at Laserium's clinic locations, possesses the capability to both slay unwanted hair and shrink fat cells for effective cellulite reduction and body contouring. The clinic's online media gallery exhibits a collection of video clips depicting selected med-spa services that include VelaShape, photofacials, and the internet laser that transforms kittens into master pianists.
Access Wellness Center beautifies patients with an arsenal of noninvasive medical procedures, cosmetic treatments, and holistic healing. Staffers firm up sagging stomachs with Cellu M6 Lipomassage treatments and perform noninvasive face-lifts to invigorate drooping cheeks without the use of surgery or a troupe of standup comedians. They also assuage aches with endermotherapy treatments and bring chakras into balance with holistic-healing methods that incorporate energy awareness and meditation.