Even as a young child, Theresa had a penchant for seeking out animals in need. Her parents and relatives can endlessly recount stories of her rescue attempts, which continued until her husband, Earl, emphatically insisted that three dogs were enough in the family. Earl had not seen the last of Theresa’s passion, however; she eventually left her career in the computer industry, and the two teamed up to open The Animal Lodge. Though it proved to be hard work, Theresa convincingly describes the benefits of her new profession: "We come to work in the morning and instead of seeing a bunch of grumpy people who have not had their coffee yet, we see wagging tails, licking tongues, and happy dances in everyone we meet."
Today, the duo works together to keep pets in comfort with daycare and overnight boarding facilities complete with heated floors during the winter, air conditioning during the summer, and a fenced-in yard for outdoor playtime. In addition to the regular bunks, the deluxe wilderness lodge—furnished with a bed, a chair, a television set, and mounted antlers rife with chew marks—recreates the comfortable atmosphere of home for nervous pooches. Groomer Nancy Oberg draws on her canine cosmetology training to round out the lodge’s services with baths, trims, and deep-tissue belly rubs.
Nana-N-Paws' team keeps a round-the-clock watch over owners' beloved dogs, whether they're romping in the 7,000-square-foot indoor play area, dashing along the fence of the 11,000-square-foot outdoor playground, or snoozing in the cage-free overnight center. Private suites are also available for dogs to wind down. The staff splits canines into dedicated age- and size-appropriate areas, such as Loveable Lapdogs for visitors under 25 pounds, and the Senior Center for older dogs. The facility also houses a full-service grooming shop and team of experienced obedience trainers.
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.
At more than 900 learning centers across the world, Sylvan offers kids a leg up through personalized, one-on-one programs prescribed by an in-depth skills assessment. Students build on past lessons to learn progressively, and sessions may hone in on different disciplines, granting kids the confidence to interpret literature and the rhetorical skills needed to negotiate a later bedtime. The positive mindset of personable, invested instructors helps to inspire kids to greater academic feats, as does a prize program that rewards hard work with CDs and gift cards.
A professional, creative workspace for your goals outside a cubicle: the office essentials and community support you need to work, meet, share, and grow. Ideal for entrepreneurs, freelancers, writers, designers, software developers, educators, lawyers, and start-ups; work on your terms and do what you love.
Photographer Steve Dean—whose wedding photography has graced the cover of Lansing City Limits magazine—brings out clients' unique personalities in striking, personal photographs. Portraits of individuals, high-school seniors and kids capture fleeting moments in time. Professional acting and modeling headshots highlight charisma and charm, and glamour-and-boudoir photo shoots draw out clients’ sensual sides. Dean expertly retouches finished photographs to remove blemishes or shrink down surrounding buildings so that clients can pretend to be giants.