For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall kiosks. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military and Sottomarino. A collection of Fender timepieces ($15+) unites wearers with craftsmanship that revolutionized the music industry in the 20th century, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion. Precision Time connects each of its functional jewelry pieces with a five-year battery plan, and provides watch-cleaning services ($10) for timepieces that have been accidentally dropped into vats of horse sweat.
When he's behind the camera, Kelly avoids posing his subjects; instead, he thrives on composing playful, candid shots in vibrant color and classic black-and-white. As the owner of Gallery Photography, he's applied this approach to in-studio and on-location photo shoots with families and children as well as weddings. Inside his charming brick studio, he also passes on what he knows through hands-on workshops focused on manual photography techniques or editing with Adobe Photoshop.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
The apparel artisans at Beckett & Robb customize men’s suits, shirts, sport coats, and trousers with modern styling inspired by Old World craftsmanship. Custom shirts ($120–$200) and suits ($500+) begin life as a set of meticulous body measurements, then develop to maturity through the selection of color, pattern, and fabric. Choose from such eye-ensnaring patterns as navy herringbone, brown with a pink pinstripe, light gray with a red glen plaid, and Jackson Pollock Fever Dream.
Color Me Mine puts paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young. Budding Toyozo Arakawas will follow six easy steps to craft beautifully painted ceramics, first choosing a ceramic piece (most cost between $8 and $14) from Color Me Mine's selection of hundreds of seasonally changing items. After charting out the desired design from individual imagination or Color Me Mine's technique sheets, painters will select an underglaze from Color Me Mine's cast of more than 60 colors, then apply paint with the focus of a peregrine falcon occupied by a Rockwellian spirit. Color Me Mine handles all kiln-firing work, allowing clients to take home their final products within three to five days. A studio fee of $5 for children under 12 and $8 for adults and children over 12 covers all paints, supplies, glazing, and firing.
Professional photographer Kassie Farr immortalizes her clients' most cherished memories during on-location photo shoots. Her subjects range from newlyweds and engaged couples to recent graduates and newborns. After sessions, clients receive full copyright ownership over all images taken, which prevents evil corporations from photoshopping refreshing zero-calorie colas into your family portraits.