In 1976, Joan Barnes—a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play & Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children’s’ cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
For four years running, photographer Sean J. Mason—who has been capturing striking images of clients for more than 15 years—has won WeddingWire’s Bride’s Choice Award for his spontaneous, photojournalistic fine-art photography. In addition to documenting weddings and engagements, Mason captures striking portraits of clients, allowing them to recall fleeting moments in time or show up fading paintings of relatives in their Hall of Ancestors.
For more than a decade, Arlene J. Samore-Sanchez has focused her experience and her MBA from Pepperdine University toward helping folks land their dream job. Her sessions—tailored toward recent college grads, professionals looking to advance, and people established in their field—cover everything from tips to make a resume shine, strategies for overcoming interview anxiety, and methods for polishing the perfect elevator pitch for networking.
You’re walking down the sidewalk, fumbling with an app on your smartphone, and the device tumbles out of your hands. Just like that—the screen is completely shattered. PCS Wireless & Co. gives free estimates for repairs of such issues. In addition, PCS corrects water damage, broken ports, and audio problems and reveals apps wrapped in invisibility cloaks. The store is also an authorized dealer of phones compatible with top networks, such as Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, and can activate prepaid devices.
Whether working with beginning golfers or birdie collectors, Mark Spinelli draws upon decades of experience to help players improve their skills and mechanics. A self-described historian of the game of golf (and its iconic swings), Mark gleans inspiration from the greats—Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus—to perfect his own technique, which he uses to regularly compete in long-drive championships. He starts novices out with skill-appropriate drills, such as the fundamentals of a sound swing and the short game, and helps advanced golfers improve their accuracy so they can land balls on their boss's car more frequently. He shows players how to respond to course variables such as wind, lie, rough, and green speed, particularly through on-the-go adjustments to factors such as grip, putting stroke, and erratic ball patterns.