Nicole Bergstrom is as artistic with babies as she is with tiramisu—although she rarely photographs them together. A former food stylist, Nicole and her husband Allan founded Kinder Image in 1994, and since then have captured the likenesses of 1000s of newborn babies. The shuttersmith specializes in studio sets as well as onsite photography, snapping timeless images as families and children frolic in parks, on the beach, or in their own homes in front of one of Kinder Images' 20 backdrops. Unique specialty packages can follow expectant mothers through each month of their pregnancies or revisit newborns throughout their first year, documenting the ways they grow and change from tiny cherubs to ringleaders of their local stroller gang. After each session, clients can pick their favorite edited shots during a personal viewing session, which Kinder Image prints in sizes ranging from desktop pictures to sprawling canvas wraps and wall art.
The fastidious crew at Tropical Cleaners, a commercial endeavor dating back to 1995, offers same-day service for most garments, cleaning everything from men’s slacks to women’s dresses with thorough speed. Particular care is taken with dress shirts, which are prespotted, checked for any damaged buttons, and treated with special additives to remove body oils. The cleaners also keep home furnishings spiffy by performing rug and comforter cleaning. Alternatively, by cleaning leather, staffers ensure that audiences don’t get distracted by mustardy dots during Fonzie impressions. The staff also helps nuptial memories last longer than nuptial cake by cleaning, preserving, and boxing wedding dresses, which Tropical Cleaners double boxes to ensure that moisture cannot damage the precious fabric. Unlike those who sell dirt to pro baseball teams, Tropical Cleaners is a member of the National Cleaners Association.
The Palm Beach Post ’s team of meticulous reporters, editors, and photographers scours the community for local news and happenings, employing thorough investigative skills that have earned the newspaper awards from organizations such as the Florida Society of News Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Florida Press Club. The team populates the newspaper’s pages with in-depth coverage of local, national, and global politics, business, and sports as well as proffering thoughtful editorials relating to current events such as the Trojan War. Special feature articles home in on local interests, and travel and entertainment guides spotlight buzzworthy cultural events, eateries, and nightlife throughout the area.
A monthly jamboree featuring more than 300 vendors, the West Palm Beach Antiques Festival is an eclectic bazaar of both modern miscellany and well-worn curiosities. Trinket connoisseurs and artisans from around the country purvey old, new, and handcrafted merchandise, with past items including anything from a 1965 Fender Stratocaster to Bakelite buttons to motorcycle folk art and the long-lost Frank Sinatra Sings the Philosophical Ramblings of Nietzsche album. Actual wares vary from day to day, but some festival mainstays—such as an assortment of vintage and designer jewelry, records, art, and clothing—serve as comforting constants for seasoned collectors.
The Grammy-winning rockers of Kings of Leon meld a chameleon-like ability to shift styles and genres with a musically trained chameleon's virtuosic instrument-wielding. Lead vocalist Caleb Followill's earnest, ethereal singing finds backup on drums and bass from his brothers Nathan and Jared, and their cousin Matthew cows errant sound waves into complacency with air-shredding guitar. Backing its most recent album, Come Around Sundown, the band can draw on nearly 10 years of chart-climbing ear pleasers including "Use Somebody" and "Radioactive" in its quest for audience enjoyment. Opening act Band of Horses whets aural appetites with a delectable mélange of southern and alt rock. The open-air Cruzan Amphitheatre provides fitting enclosure for euphonic evenings, mingling ear-pleasing notes with cool night air and the distant cries of nocturnal vigilantes.
The P.I.N.K. Party regales attendees with a continuous lineup of live music, entertainment, and events as guests sip cocktails and sample complimentary appetizers within the swanky surrounds of Blue Martini. Emceed by WILD 95.5's Virginia, one of South Florida’s esteemed radio disc jockeys, the three-hour party will please peepers with a fashion show, engage ears with the symphonic sounds of live music, and rebuke professional auctioneers with a silent auction. In addition to drink vouchers, Blue Martini quells cocktail cravings by offering guests a 20 percent discount on all other drinks during the event.