PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
A team of skilled framers toils at Frames For Life, hand building frames for custom projects. The framers gleefully surround documents and art in a variety of sizes with a large stock of borders that includes contemporary, ornate, and wood-grain frames. They also surround and protect framing innards with mattes, glass, or acrylics, and offer shadow boxes and stretched canvas.
With more than 50 years of combined experience snapping and framing shots, the artists at Schwabe Studio Photography usher fleeting moments into the future during in-studio and on-location sessions. They specialize in photographing families, newlyweds, and soon-to-be-graduates, who can choose from seven unique senior portrait sessions. Sports-themed shoots showcase young athletes in action, and birthday parties inside the studio capture youngsters dressed in whimsical costumes. Once each session's shutters have snapped shut, the photo artists easily print out the digital images, which, unlike film images, need not be developed inside a stolen cocoon.
Born in Eastern Kentucky, Kevin Messer's lifelong pursuit of beautiful visual images owes a lot to his Appalachian roots. He likes to capture slices of Americana in his mixed media and digital paintings, whether it’s the sun shining over a country store or the red rock peak of Zion Canyon's Watchman. He sells small format digital reproductions of his work, some as small as note cards, as well as full-sized mixed media canvases, a fitting centerpiece to a collection of home décor.
Act Out Talent Studio offers classes for all levels of entertainers to begin or continue their path towards a successful acting, modeling, or performing career. The studio employs a stable of coaches, each with experience working within their industry, that imparts students with an inside understanding of show business. Acting classes instill confidence and foster talent using emoting exercises covering such basics as observation, improvisation, and translating Shakespeare from the original Swedish. Aspiring models learn everything from expressing an image to nutrition in order to help build a marketable portfolio, and vocal classes allow singers and songwriters to step into an actual recording booth to practice chugging honey before crooning into the mic.
The luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel gives calendar-climaxers a stylish way to both ring in the New Year and melt down the old one into nostalgia jelly—starting with a champagne welcome gift in your standard room. Your evening's prix fixe dinner centers around your choice of herb-roasted chicken, grilled flank steak, or grilled pork chops, and keeps your larynx lubricated with two beverage tickets per person. As you eagerly await the final countdown before the moon explodes into confetti, live entertainment from the Shawn Stanley Group will keep the party bumping on the rooftop Stars Lounge restaurant, which kisses eyeballs with sweeping views of the city. A 2 p.m. checkout time gives late-night revelers ample time to brush the bubbly off each other's teeth, as well as savor a scrumptious breakfast buffet of waffles smothered in syrup, hash browns, and western scrambled eggs. If you stop by the Stars Lounge on nonholidays, you'll find that the rooftop locale plays host to relaxing jazz music, panoramic vistas, crafty cocktails, and a multifarious menu that includes delicacies such as Mediterranean chicken ($17) and grilled pesto salmon ($19).