Paul Murphy Photography’s trained photographers specialize in the art of the portrait, documenting life with sittings that commemorate everything from pregnancies and weddings to family reunions and high-school graduations. They work in the studio or at outdoor settings and will gladly share the location and clothing recommendations needed to take pictures from good to great. In addition to people portraits, they also shoot nonhuman subjects, such as cars, boats, or horses. No matter the subject matter, they will proudly display their color, black-and-white, or sepia photos in custom slide shows, framed portraits, and on photo bags heavy with old, nonphotographable memories.
On his website, Dr. Gary Arabatyan compares his dental practice to artistry. “I view my patient’s smile as my canvas,” he says, a paint-splattered toothbrush in his hand. Using his years of experience, Dr. Arabatyan transforms grins into visual masterpieces by cleaning mouths, whitening teeth, and replacing chipped enamel with ceramic fronts, crafted in-house. The artistic attention to detail also extends to the practice’s furnishings. Guests can dreamily gaze into a saltwater fish tank and enjoy DVDs in each treatment room.
At Kids Party Central, gaggles of children bounce upon inflatable fortresses, glide down air-filled slides, and splash around colorful ball pits in a nearly 10,000-square-foot recreation center. Throughout the week, open-play sessions reserve for public use the facility's many attractions, including floatable forts embellished with soccer balls, pirates, and animated pals from movies such as Cars. Like particularly classy kennels, KPC requires all guests to wear socks. The center also suggests that kids don nylon pants for maximum speed on the slides and that they abstain from duds featuring zippers or hooks that may scratch play surfaces. Adults are welcome to play as well, although those found not keeping an eye on their miniature companions will be put in time out.
With in-depth knowledge of every aspect of the fashion industry, apparel designer Mckinsey McCorkle-Swain helps everyday people build striking, one-of-a-kind wardrobes that perfectly match their personal styles. During closet audits and shopping trips, the seasoned design consultant employs her insights in materials, colors, and upcoming trends to create flattering looks for every day or special occasions.
Featured in numerous publications and programs including Redbook and TLC's Hoarding: Buried Alive, disorder destroyer Grace Brooke brings creativity and compassion to her ongoing quest to bring structure and simplicity into her clients' homes. Each Control the Paper Chaos class teaches harried homemakers to establish a Life Management Center for managing the minutiae of the homestead, creating a central nexus for incoming mail, everyday schedules, and outgoing piles of Andrew Lloyd Weber fan mail. Grace's management center creates a tidy place for processing bills, handling correspondence, and managing calendars, helping to reduce stress and improve communication within the home. Grace Brooke can also make over messy crash pads with two hours of in-home organizational services. After a complimentary phone consultation to assess your needs, Grace or one of her team members will work side by side to de-clutter while also coaching the overhaul process of each chaotic closet, overflowing pantry, or newspaper-covered narwhal tank.
Pump It Up specializes in indoor, inflatable arenas for children. During three fun-filled, pop-in visits children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slide like butter-slathered otters through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one from a claw machine.