The big moments in life, such as weddings or the birth of a child, are easy to remember like they happened yesterday. Photographer L. Severson makes sure all of the smaller moments are just as memorable, snapping evocative pictures that capture everything from the pregnancy glow of an expectant mother to the peacefulness of a sleeping newborn. Year-round, she photographs families inside her fully equipped studio or right outside, where a four-acre portrait park makes a beautiful backdrop with a pond and wooden bridge. After photo sessions, she helps clients decide on colorful prints they can hang over a fireplace or on a wall.
It might seem silly to wear a fancy bra and pair of underwear under your clothes. After all, no one (or at least, very few people) is going to see them. But PillowTalk's lingerie specialists don't think it's all that crazy. They believe that a lovely undergarment has the power to make the wearer feel fierce and ready to take on the day's challenges because when you look good in lingerie, you feel super confident.
They hope to fuel that feeling with high-end lingerie from Betsey Johnson, Cosabella, Blush, and Eberjey lines. And when it's time to relax, they know that soft robes, loungewear, and Ambre Blends essential oils go a long way. They also help pregnant and nursing mothers feel great about their new bodies with Cake Lingerie maternity and nursing intimates.
Award-winning artisan chocolatier Chocolate for the Spirit is dedicated to working with and teaching others about some of the world's premium Grand Cru, single-origin chocolate. In fact, the cacao is sourced from growers that are paid 30 to 70 percent over fair trade pricing because it is of such high quality. During classes, attendees learn about the history of chocolate and the chocolate-making process before exploring the wide variety of flavor profiles found in premium chocolate by tasting samples, including some of Chocolate for the Spirit's original handcrafted creations. The shop carries connoisseur bars, toffee, truffles, and bark that can be purchased and taken home to share.
When party hosts sit down with Sweet & Savory chef Melissa Mudd, she listens carefully to what they envision, then helps them plan a menu to match the event. An office gathering might get a lineup of party trays. An elegant party might center on herb-roasted beef tenderloin with stone-ground mustard, or even a custom chocolate-zucchini wedding cake. Once the menu is decided, she and her team make everything from scratch, scorning time-saving measures such as premade icing.
Even when there's nothing in particular to celebrate, the aroma of freshly baking focaccia lures guests into Sweet & Savory’s café and bakery throughout the day. For breakfast, chefs drown buttermilk biscuits in housemade sausage gravy, and sauté bananas in brown sugar and dark rum to create bananas-foster buttermilk pancakes with vanilla crème anglaise. Later in the day, they heap slow-cooked barbecue pork on onion buns, then craft tartines with fire-roasted shrimp and corn relish, which pairs nicely with chilled soup or a salad drizzled with peach-champagne vinaigrette. Dinners can also be taken home to families or nests of baby birds, along with pies, cheesecakes, and other desserts.
It's hard to stand inside a Godby Home Furnishings showroom. Comfy couches, chairs, and beds wait around every turn inside the store. Each visit showcases furnishings for several areas of the home, including living rooms, dining rooms, and bedrooms. A look at the item tags in any of these sections reads like a who's who of the home furnishing world?names like Flexsteel , La-Z-Boy, Serta, and Tempurpedic among many more. The Carmel location is open despite the closure of US 31.
The Godby family has curated these fine furnishings since 1974, when Jim Godby founded the first location. After coming aboard in 1992, Jim's son Jeff oversaw the company's expansion into a modern day furniture empire that rivals the ionic column emporiums of Rome. At the center of it all lies the Godby Home Furnishings 75,000 sq. ft. warehouse, which stocks all the furniture on display in each showroom. In total, about eight million dollars of inventory fills the warehouse?but sometimes that's not even enough. In those cases, Godby's team happily places a custom order for their customers.
HotBox Pizza’s cooks adorn three varieties of hand-tossed dough canvases with six savory sauces, cheeses, and 26 toppings to create a menu of dine-in, takeout, and delivery pies. The signature HotBox combines double spicy pepperoni and banana peppers, and Big Al’s Fredo fights off pernicious poultry cravings with a combination of chicken, roma tomatoes, fresh spinach, and banana peppers. Aspiring pizza architects can blueprint their own pies by laying down traditional, thin, or multigrain foundations and selecting from six varieties of sauce-carpeting. Doughy disks simmer with mozzarella, ricotta, Wisconsin cheddar, or fontina cheeses to hold down up to four toppings such as pepperoni and artichoke hearts. Circle-eaters can also save room in their knapsacks or hollow shoe-heels for fresh salad and bundles of breadsticks that come with nacho-cheese, pizza, ranch, or garlic sauce, and wash down stubborn bites with refreshing slurps of soda.