The certified framing experts at Mom & Pop’s Frame Shop prep keepsakes for presentation while shielding them against wear and tear with a vast array of frames. Conservation-grade mats eschew the high acid content of paper mats to protect precious photos and artwork, and the computerized mat cutter replaces the rough edges and teeth marks of traditional mat cutting to ensure straight, accurate fits. Custom shadow boxes display all manner of physical memorabilia, from a baby's first pair of socks to a grandparent’s pilfered Russian warhead, and multi-opening mats can show off a series of black-and-white family shots. Prices for custom framing vary by material and size; prices for poster framing may start at $95.
Though Magic Brow Threading Salon's staff specializes in making eyebrows look their best—using an ancient threading technique—the salon also offers other beauty services, including facials, waxing, and microdermabrasion. As skincare specialists, the licensed estheticians swear by Dermalogica products, which are available for purchase at the salon. Magic Brow also purveys handbags, fashion accessories, and eyebrow powder and gel.
The owners of Corona Pumpkin Farm weren’t setting out to build a business in the fall of 2009. They just wanted to cultivate fresh, healthy produce for their family. So they began sowing seeds in box gardens, nourishing the soil with compost from chickens that also bore fresh eggs, and the occasional golden one. Eventually, the chickens’ bounty outgrew the boxed gardens, and the humble family endeavor flourished into Corona Pumpkin Farm, which sits atop more than an acre of land. Now the farmers nurture more than 50 types of pumpkins for eating and carving, as well as a cornucopia of fruits and veggies that includes three types of corn and pick-your-own boysenberries. Along with the produce, they raise chickens and turkeys for meat, gather eggs from the coop, and sometimes barter with neighbors for beef and pork.
To show their respect for Mother Nature and their own health, they never use hormones, additives, or chemicals on their garden grub. But visitors don’t flock to the farm just for the fresh, healthy fare; they come to pick their own pumpkins, meander through the 10-foot-high stalks that fill a half-acre corn maze, and enjoy other seasonal activities, such as cuddling baby chicks, scouring the fields for scavenger hunt clues, zooming down an inflatable slide, painting pumpkins, and crafting personalized trick-or-treat bag.
The professionally trained music instructor behind My Music School teaches children aged 6–17 to play guitar, bass, violin, and ukelele during semiprivate weekly classes. The classes are social, giving students the opportunity to make friends as they hone their skills. Students might even gain some unexpected math knowledge, which they can put to use when counting the number of frets on their dad's vintage air guitar. Students of all ages and ability levels can also opt for private lessons.
Like the four bearded alchemists who adorn their bottle labels, the four brewers at Craft Brewing Company turn their arcane skills toward fermenting magical potions. The welcome center in their workshop is spare, retaining its industrial-warehouse vibe save for a winding bar with kegs for barstools. Visitors may find themselves popping the caps on mystical brews such as the Raven stout, a Poe-inspired concoction with oatmeal and vanilla, or the Four Headed hefeweizen, based on the tale of Cerberus standing next to a one-headed dog.
Classic Boudoir Photography's seasoned image preservationist Ella Diumea captures clients from alluring angles and immortalizes provocative poses during private, professional shoots. Customers can scour their wardrobe for their favorite lingerie, corset, or sexy shark costume before scheming up ideas in an initial personal-consultation session with the photographer for some phototherapy. Sip on complimentary champagne in the intimate household studio before masquerading for 30 minutes of flashing lights while the experienced boudoir artist directs and demonstrates poses that best flatter figures. After the shoot, clients can peruse a private, password-protected online gallery to pick out their five favored photos. Customers receive five digitally retouched images in digital format with printable resolution within the following three weeks, which they can print at their leisure to distribute to friends or significant others as Christmas, Valentine's Day, or everyday gifts or to spice up the rare uneventful Arbor Day. Classic Boudoir Photography printing costs an additional fee based on different printing options.