The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results.
Nothing Bakes Like a Parrott owner Jessica Parrott crafts cupcakes and whoopie pies from fresh fruit and real butter in her bakery in South Portland. Customers can peruse a long list of flavors such as german chocolate, carrot, red velvet, vanilla, and coconut to pick the cake base for each of 12 or 36 cup-size confections. For a finishing touch, Parrott crowns each cake with creamy buttercream frosting and can also fill them with chocolate ganache, buttercream, pistachio pudding, or ideas so crazy that they just might work. Alternatively, whoopie pies sandwich cake circles and creamy filling into portable hand-held treats.
High in the historic State Theatre Building, Joshua Hughes sits in his massage studio, awaiting his next client. Brisk Atlantic winds glide through the suite's windows, as if the ocean itself were offering a gentle massage. "One of the things I like about my suite,? Hughes says. "It's high up. A great breeze always comes into the room. It?s? a lovely environment to relax."
A massage therapist in the eighth year of his career, Joshua reflects on how he got here. "I wanted to help people," he explains, "and I was always good with my hands. Massage was right down that alley." He began working even before graduation, massaging as a freelancer at spas and salons. "I didn't feel quite fulfilled. I wanted to start my own practice.?
Joshua's approach to massage is holistic as he employs reflexology, deep-tissue work, and even hot riverbed stones to tailor treatments to the individual needs of his clients. Focusing on the individual is part of what is most satisfying to Joshua about his work. "I've had clients tell me that they're just so appreciative and grateful for my attention to detail?that I cater to them as people. The money's a bonus, but just having someone tell me they feel better is the most rewarding."
Day One has worked to prevent, intervene in, treat, and address the after-effects of substance abuse in adolescents and young adults for nearly four decades, using in-school services, outpatient therapy, and a residential program. The residential program targets adolescent males who have succumbed to substance abuse. These clients live at the center for eight months to a year and undergo a series of challenges, setting goals to help learn how to make positive choices and healthy decisions. Outpatient services include individual, group, and play therapy for survivors of substance abuse or children affected by substance abuse. These participants use tools such as group discussion and creative writing to cope with the abuse or neglect they may have suffered. The center also engages youth in creating healthy futures through peer programs at local schools, where teens help each other talk through and develop strategies for overcoming substance abuse, eating disorders, or self-harm.
As an inherently talented singer growing up in Maine's woodlands, Kalee learned the ameliorative effects of sonic vibrations from Mother Nature's symphony of birds, insects, trees, and naturally occurring Bee Gees. After she attended the Psychic Horizons and the Sound & Consciousness Institute in San Francisco, she took her set of crystal singing bowls and embarked on a career in sound healing, which strives to remedy a variety of physical and mental ailments with soothing tones. Kalee regularly shares her meditative music during concerts, hosts sound-healing workshops, and helps demystify life's puzzling events with psychic readings.
Since it's founding in 1944, Pratt-Abbott Cleaners has blossomed and branched out to 19 area locations. Employees revive apparel with premium dry-cleaning finishing techniques, spotting and processing textiles in roughly one day's time or on the same day if dropped off before 8 a.m. They also offer free dry-cleaning pickup and delivery services to homes or magical wardrobes that happen to lead to homes.
The uniform- and linen-rental service supplies businesses with everything from basic industrial uniforms from Chef Works and Reed to premium wear from Adidas and Champion. Pratt-Abbott Cleaners also partners with other businesses during the annual Coats & Toys for Kids campaign to clean and donate more than 40,000 gently used coats to families in need.