West House is guided by the keen eye of photographer and digital-image editor Krystal Blase. No matter who's in front of her lens, she always aims to keep the atmosphere playful and the results within her vintage, fashion-forward style. Krystal has snapped subjects ranging from serious, style-savvy models to swooning, lighthearted couples to jumping extraterrestrial tourists, and will happily accommodate an on-location shoot of up to six photogenic persons. When considering location, Krystal typically encourages subjects to select a backdrop that best matches their personal narrative, so you should probably avoid shooting between competing outdoor poetry slams. After your shoot, Krystal will draw on her postproduction expertise to compile your high-resolution images on CD. Disc in hand, you'll be free to spread your shots liberally across the Internet, across the fridges of familial acquaintances, or across the desk of one highly impressed nose-modeling agency.
Fretboard cartographer Scott LaFlamme draws on dexterities gleaned as the guitarist for renowned glam-rock band Bang Tango in private lessons that chart harmonic scales and explore the edges of musical theory. Set in a working music studio, outfitted with ready-to-play guitars, basses, and pianos, Scott’s lessons forgo rigid instruction in favor of exercises that feed off his students’ stylistic inclinations. Aspiring axmen develop a playing style as well-rounded as the tail of a treble clef as Scott pinpoints their strengths and weaknesses, doling out praise for proper hammer-ons and gentle reprimands for off-angled stage dives. Piano lessons impart ivory-tickling techniques that make keyboards shudder with melodious laughter, and song-writing sessions illustrate how to ensnare future fans in hook-laden chord progressions.
Scenic City Storage's ample indoor and outdoor stockpiling space allows customers to house surplus supplies for short- or long-term rental periods with no deposit required. The 5'x5' room ($28+/month) can hold small furniture, bikes, or clothing and the 10'x15' area contains the same square footage as a one-bedroom apartment ($99+/month). The largest space is the plus-size 20'x20' chamber ($299+/month), which can fit a car, years' worth of discarded pizza boxes, or a taxidermy dinosaur collection. Weather-sensitive items might find a better home in one of the climate-controlled units and intrepid inanimate objects such as RVs and boats would do just as well in the long-term parking lot ($40+/month).
Homes are full of nooks and crannies that collect grime, and Superior Cleaning’s award-winning professionals make sure to get into all of them with dusters and mops. Owner Sharon Holliday and her cleaning crew—who've been scrubbing surfaces for more than 20 years—tackle kitchens and bathrooms, sanitizing countertops and scrubbing tubs, and sweep through common rooms, polishing furniture and dusting ceiling fans or the shoulders of personal fanners. Clients hoping for especially thorough sessions can request add-on cleanings for refrigerators and ovens, carpet cleaning, and ironing. Whether changing bed linens or taking out trash, the experts back up their work with a satisfaction guarantee.
Marble Slab Creamery's dessert experts blend frozen treats with 67 sweet and savory mix-ins for a menu of dairy delights. Premium ice creams in nearly 70 flavors join forces with mix-ins in cups ($3.99+) or shakes ($4.59+), freezing brains and arresting thoughts of eating fiber-rich cereal boxes. Sugared favorites like vanilla, white chocolate, and Nutter Butter vie for the ice-cream scoop's attention alongside sugar-free options, low-fat yogurt, and fruit sorbet. The cakes—available in small ($19.99+), medium ($25.99+), and large ($29.99+)—combine blended ice cream and rich traditional cake. Swiss chocolate ice cream swirled with crunch bars and peanut-butter cups rests on a bed of chocolate cake to comprise the swiss cocoa Buttercup cake, which yodels at a very high octave when sliced.