Although national events tend to dominate the media landscape, local news sources keep people plugged in to their communities. With a purview that covers the goings-on of Williamsburg to Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads Magazine gives invaluable insight into local happenings, weighing in on neighborhood schools and area doctors or spreading the word about upcoming film festivals and theater performances. Regular restaurant features profile intriguing culinary personalities or divulge a simple recipe from one of the local chefs. Once a year, the magazine solicits readers to vote on the region's most iconic businesses in more than 120 different categories, publishing the public's choices for best burger, best travel agency, and best bookstore built entirely from copies of War and Peace.
The soiree-furbishing professionals at Party Perfect lead clients through their comprehensive selection of rentable event items during a complimentary consultation that enables party visions to become a reality. The pros can deliver, set up, and break down tents, operate heating equipment onsite, or lend an expert hand to the more technical aspects of event planning with services that help every celebration run more smoothly. Accents such as bouncy houses, red carpets, and dance floors encourage mirthful locomotion at get-togethers, while flatware, linens, and party lighting add the finishing touches to birthday parties or comedic roasts of parole officers.
Timeless Moments Photographic Art's photographers stand out thanks to the uncommon amenities they provide at photo shoots. Among these are kid-friendly photo-shoot themes, such as A Day in the Country or Un Jour A Paris, which have whimsical set pieces, props, and backgrounds. The photographers also travel to noted local sites for on-location shoots, aiming their lenses at subjects framed by Fort Story or Norfolk Botanical Garden and lit by natural light. To avoid interruptions from feral casting directors, subjects can hold shoots in a private park or in their own home.
Although it's a naturally occurring protein in certain grains, gluten can create problems for many people. Some are just sensitive to it, whereas others suffer from celiac disease, a digestive autoimmune disorder in which eating gluten can cause damage to the small intestine. These conditions necessitate a gluten-free lifestyle, which is why General Mills created GlutenFreely.com. More than 500 gluten-free products stock the website's virtual shelves, including General Mills breakfast cereals, Orgran all-purpose flour, and enough snacks to stop a stampeding kindergarten class in its tracks. Additionally, GlutenFreely.com keeps gluten out of more than just diets by selling gluten-free health and beauty items such as sunscreen and shampoo. GlutenFreely.com also hosts a wealth of information that helps individuals, families, and their supportive stuffed animals keep gluten-free lifestyles. Online visitors can look up recipes, learn how to parent a child with celiac disease, or even browse answers from medical professionals to frequently asked questions with the site's Ask a Doc series. In the community section, bloggers—including talk-show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck—discuss how they stay gluten-free in their own lives. And to ensure customers have access to the best products and information, GlutenFreely.com is affiliated with the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center and the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Recommended Age Group: All ages
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our ability to provide exciting events for all ages.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
We are a one-stop shop. All of our employees use our services and vendors for their personal events and celebrations.
Though the laughs and smiles were what inspired the opening of Smash Elite Entertainment PhotoBooth, the business is anchored in more than just fun and games. Each booth is equipped with top-of-the-line technology, including an external monitor and a DNP Fotolusio or Fujifilm sub-dye printer that can print photos onto 4”x6” cards within 8–14 seconds. The booths also offer 40 different strip layouts, customized logos, and an automatic share option that loads photos onto social-media sites as they are taken.