Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
After graduating from college with a degree in industrial photography, Steve Schroeder honed his shutterbug skills at Houston's Gittings Studio before opening his own studio in 1987. Eight years later Steve and his family relocated to Macon, where he constructed his new studio in the Hardeman-Hatcher house, a Victorian Village dwelling built in the 1880s. The abode's elaborate architecture and flashbulb-wielding ghosts set the backdrop for many of Steve's portraiture sessions. These sessions always commence with a consultation, during which he helps clients determine which outfits and location best complement their style. Any image snapped in studio, on location, or at weddings—Steve has covered nearly 1,000 nuptial ceremonies—undergoes basic retouching. Patrons can also elicit Steve's services for framing or restoration needs, watercolor cards, or to commission the studio's resident artist to create an oil painting of a favorite image from their shoot (turn around time of six–eight weeks).
With a PhD in nursing from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, registered nurse Carol Dean Baker understands that wellness involves more than getting a physical every year. That’s why, in addition to her nursing practice, she helms PureBalance, a yoga studio dedicated to building a health-oriented community.
The studio’s eclectic offerings range from Vinyasa sessions in an 85-degree room to basic Hatha classes focusing on breath work and meditation. Flexibility-enhancing sessions emphasize deep, slow stretches of major muscle groups, and condensed classes pack a full course’s punch into just 45 minutes without resorting to cheap time savers such as eliminating the exhalation portion of each breath.
For more then 35 years, the experts at Macon Color Wheel have been outfitting homeowners with the ideal colors and proper tools for enlivening their abodes. With a specialty in color selection, American Society of Interior Designers member Dawn Farley assists customers in their tint-seeking adventures while manager John Gilbert exacts color-matching perfection to help customers develop schemes around existing pieces. Homeowners can ensconce their walls in historic Farrell-Calhoun paint selections, which have been faithfully developed through careful collaboration with museums across the country, or they can opt for colors from Pittsburgh Paints, which has been crafting elegant living-room disguises for more than 100 years. In addition to posing challenges for haughty pet chameleons, homeowners can peruse a vast selection of brushes ($3.46+), caulks ($3.97+), and preparation supplies to ensure that projects are carried out properly and efficiently.
Diva Zone's pole-dancing lessons encourage women to embrace the beauty of their bodies while strengthening self-confidence and muscles. During one-hour small group classes ($10 each), students take a test twirl around the practice pole as instructors spin their bodies in sensual circles, combining gymnastic grace with the seductive shapes of adults-only geometry tests.
Medi-Weightloss Clinics has helped thousands of patients across the United States lose a total of 2.2 million pounds with its physician-supervised weight-loss program. Designed by experts in medicine, nutrition, fitness, and education, the program transitions its participants into healthier lifestyles with a three-phase approach, which includes an initial weight-loss phase, a short-term maintenance phase, and a final wellness phase. The clinic's signature patient website provides special tools that allow clients to track their progress, seek out individual counseling, and receive step-by-step care and motivation. After completion of the program, Medi-Weightloss Clinics offers continued support to help participants maintain their svelte physiques for the long haul without preserving themselves in amber.