The staffers at Special Occasions Party Supply weave art out of air. Their balloon decorations spiral into multicolored columns, bend into archways, and form hanging hearts to garnish events ranging from birthday celebrations to bridal and baby showers. The family-owned business also outfits reception areas with tulle and matching tableware, sprucing up the setting to befit any celebration.
Decorating services are only one facet of their job, however. When they aren't prepping dance halls, they guide independent party planners through the shelves of their two supply stores. Batman- and Disney-princess-themed favors are on hand to charm children, Halloween costumes can conceal identities, and more than 38 solid colors of plates and napkins set attractive schemes. The bouquets of high-grade helium balloons are guaranteed to hover for at least five days. Patrons can also rent helium tanks with do-it-yourself balloon kits, which come with ribbons for each balloon and instructions for knitting sky-size safety nets.
Not everybody becomes what they wanted to be when they were in kindergarten. But some, like Mirabella Boutique owner Barbi Dewitt, do thanks to a passion for their vision. Determined to be in the fashion industry from a young age, Dewitt followed through by first becoming a merchandising manager for Ralph Lauren, then by opening her own boutique. At Mirabella, she stocks the shelves with items from both private labels and renowned designers that are handpicked by her, her staff, and a team of stylish woodland creatures. She seeks out the latest trends such as comfy maxi skirts and floral tank tops, pairing them with accessories including scarves, earrings, and statement necklaces.
For the team at Mattress Matchers, their work isn’t done until their customers are fast asleep. Each quest to match shoppers with an ideal mattress starts in the showroom, where a range of Serta memory-foam, pillow-top, and foam-core mattresses awaits to cradle the spines of sleepers or disused medical skeletons. The team then packages chosen mattresses and delivers them free of charge to homes within 25 miles of the store, assembling the mattress set upon arrival and hauling away old beds for safe disposal.
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After finding great joy as an art teacher for more than a decade, Laura Carter and her husband Andy, decided to take their love of art outside the traditional classroom and establish Raise Your Brush. A short time later, the art studio, which unites painting lessons with social drinking, began to garnish high praise for it’s casual atmosphere. Such praise came from both customers as well as local media outlets including Living Dayton.
During each painting class—Laura’s most popular offering—students are first encouraged to loosen up with a glass of wine or beer from the studio’s newly remodeled bar. Students then cozy up to tables to make the most of the included supplies, ranging from aprons to acrylic paints to blank, potential-packed canvasses. In the ensuing hours, amateur artists recreate the evening’s theme-specific image with the help of Laura’s artistic eye and articulate tongue. Though the themes constantly change, past images have included cityscapes, a fleur de lis, and moonrises. Regardless of the night’s theme, all students are free to take their homework straight home to display on any already vibrant mantle or surprisingly lonely family room wall.