This plastic smart card kicks loose change to the curb with $15 of preloaded money, which can be used on parking meters and Smart Bicycle Lockers across the city. Drivers simply insert the ParkCard until their initial balance flashes four times. The card then negotiates a gentlemen’s accord with the hermitical meter dweller, agreeing to buy time in 25-cent increments that gradually increase until the desired amount is displayed. As soon as the curbside patron removes the card, the transaction is complete and the amount shown is subtracted from the card’s balance. Unused time can be credited back to your ParkCard by using the same method upon return. ParkCards may be refilled at Pay-by-Space machines.
Sick of buying expensive supplies and having to adhere to a class schedule just to create art, Jennifer Kurtz Rubin started the first of her chain of ceramic lounges in 1993. Each Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge is designed as a social and creative space, one that all customers can use to express themselves artistically while catching up with friends. The lounge throws open its doors for both kids and adults to decorate clay bisque pieces, such as mugs and salad bowls, with a bounty of colorful supplies, never worrying about cleanup afterward. Once they’re complete, the art pieces are glazed, fired, and ready for pickup in a few days. And because artists can stay for a whole afternoon or just 30 minutes, the lounge even grants a few moments of creativity to patrons with the busiest schedules. The company also goes beyond casual art making to host parties for kids and adults, in which they can bring in live music, serve food, and train scoops of ice cream to paint their own bowls.
NextSpace furnishes a collaborative workspace and fosters a community for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and other independent professionals. Cafe members are welcome to grab a seat alongside others in a productive coffee-shop-like space, taking advantage of the office's wireless and wired commercial broadband Internet, a networked printer, scanner, fax machine, utilities, and basic janitorial services. Access to conference rooms, a copier ($0.10/page for black-and-white printing, $0.25/page for color printing), and complimentary coffee, tea, and caffeine-dispensing helmets are also granted to all card-carriers. A range of events, such as brown-bag lunches, members-only email-discussion lists, lectures, and happy hours extend the experience beyond the office like a tender birch tree stretching its limbs to high-five a nearby druid.
Professional photographer Portia Shao's artistic intuition imbues everything she captures on film, from her evocative portraiture to her impressionistic Polaroid SX-70 snap shots. Dividing her time between watercolor painting and photography, Portia seamlessly melds the two disciplines and exercises her skills across a wide range of subjects. Her landscapes portray the vastness of natural sites around the world, stitching multiple photos together to create panoramic scenes of the Himalayas at sunrise, and her portraiture draws out the essence of each subject she shoots, which makes for pictures more personal than a monogrammed set of headgear.
Beyond her own artistic vision, Portia strives to craft images that please her clients. Before each shoot, she leads visitors around her studio, leafing through samples, discussing clothing ideas, and devising lighting schemes. After each pop of the flash bulb, images show up directly on a high-definition TV, allowing for instantaneous feedback. Even with these fail-safe client-satisfaction measures in place, Portia stands by her work with a Be Thrilled or Bust guarantee, which promises a complimentary re-shoot or reprint if clients are unsatisfied with their shots.
Expressive Photographics eschews the banality of traditional posed photography to capture naturally occurring memories of family and loved ones through visual artist Mark Stover's intuitive lens. A personalized consultation before each session outlines customer preferences and location choices. Photo sessions can include up to 50 subjects and serve as an ideal way to celebrate virtually any phase of life: young lovers can immortalize timeless moments of premarital bliss, while families can preserve a child’s toddling adorability and whimsy before it’s cast off for the grave metaphysical contemplations of adolescence. Following each one-hour shutterbugging session, clients will receive either two 11"x14" archival prints (of the same pose) primed for mantel adornment or one 20"x30" print to gift to coworkers or place in enormous wallets.
Crystal Clear Video & Photography has specialized since 1982 in Special Event Coverage featuring High Definition coverage. Creation of video montages for DVD production and on-line presentation are available at reasonable rates. Complete editing and production available. Contact us and discuss your needs.