Sears Portrait Studio's original photographers committed their first family photos to film more than 60 years ago, and the studio's digital photographers continue the tradition of taking high-quality portraits at more than 1,000 U.S. locations open today. Each professional photographer completes a rigorous training program before they begin composing and shooting digital photographs, adopting styles ranging from formal portraits to passport photos. Their all-digital system lets customers access their photographs online, where they can add graphics before ordering prints for collages, greeting cards, mugs, and broken-mug collages.
Pure Esthetics Skin Care rejuvenates skin with LED light therapy and luxurious treatments powered by Repêchage, EcoEssences, and Anesi products. In addition to hydrating the skin, facials and body wraps purify pores with ingredients such as marine botanicals, antioxidant body butters, and soothing Hungarian Wellness mud. After visiting one of the studio's seasoned waxing technicians, brows, legs, and bikini lines emerge smoother than a dolphin in silk pajamas.
Scott Mallory farms worms for a living. "We need to save the planet," he says, and promotes worms’ work as a way to help. According to Scott, the humble earthworm drives nature's system of fertilization, pest resistance, and turf regeneration by infusing soil with powerful microorganisms. Through Fertilelives, he produces compost tea that can bolster anything from home gardens to full-scale farming operations. After feeding his worms organic matter from vegetable scraps to sawdust, he brews the resulting compost and extracts the microorganisms into a solution. He then triggers their rapid growth by feeding them plentiful oxygen and food, such as blue-green algae and philly cheesesteaks. The resulting mix is so powerful that when sprayed onto plants, it neutralizes pest larvae and fungi, but is harmless to kids and pets. As the solution works its way into the soil, it also promotes turf regeneration, keeping soil nutrient rich.
In addition to producing compost teas for home gardens, Scott also produces it on a scale for commercial farms, freeing them of the need for industrial chemicals that, while keeping away insects, can also harm turf-regenerating bacteria and damage long-term soil health. Through his spray service, he also helps farmers spray their crops with it. One of his proudest moments came in 2011 when he delivered compost tea to Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm. That season, its pumpkin patch was one of the few in the area untouched by an outbreak of powdery mildew fungus.
Beyond his compost-tea production, Scott helps hobby and professional farmers maintain organic, sustainable practices through services such as soil testing, classes, and consulting drawn from the methods he uses to grow his own food. He also appears frequently at local farmers' markets, such as the Springfield Farmers' Market on Fridays and the Cottage Grove Growers Market.
The e-cigarettes sold inside Vapor Headquarters LLC come in various colors and designs, but they all serve the same purpose: delivering puffs of nicotine vapor without the tar, ashes, or smell of tobacco. Customers can shop for e-liquids in flavors such as cappuccino or gummy Bear or place custom orders for flavors such as champagne. Designer cases keep e-cigarette kits protected when tossed into a handbag or slipped into a pocket. Vapor Headquarters LLC has over 501 available flavors, with 46 in-stock, and 455 custom flavors available for order, which usually take about 5 days.
Vape Game: Electronic Cigarette Lounge stocks a wide range of e-cigarettes and alternative-smoking products that deliver puffs of flavor and nicotine without the smell, tar, and ashes of traditional cigarettes. E-cigarette designs range from simple, sleek cylindrical models to intricate glass pieces hand-blown by local artists. Patrons can take purchases to go or enjoy them in the shop's lounge, which features a leather sofa, artwork, and a flat-screen television for video games or watching sports. The lounge also offers a soda bar stocked with energy drinks, Jones Soda, sodas, and other non-alcoholic beverages.
Colorful strings of sparkling beads, heaps of yarn, and rows of scrapbook paper adorn Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop. The sprawling, dazzlingly store, which brims with supplies, serves the local area by providing friendly, knowledgable assistance when guests have general questions or need specific answers for home projects. Their full-service frame shop can help preserve memories and memorabilia with custom framing jobs. And classes are offered throughout the month, ranging from card-making tips and tricks to learning to make beautiful handcrafted jewelry.