Classic Boudoir Photography's seasoned image preservationist Ella Diumea captures clients from alluring angles and immortalizes provocative poses during private, professional shoots. Customers can scour their wardrobe for their favorite lingerie, corset, or sexy shark costume before scheming up ideas in an initial personal-consultation session with the photographer for some phototherapy. Sip on complimentary champagne in the intimate household studio before masquerading for 30 minutes of flashing lights while the experienced boudoir artist directs and demonstrates poses that best flatter figures. After the shoot, clients can peruse a private, password-protected online gallery to pick out their five favored photos. Customers receive five digitally retouched images in digital format with printable resolution within the following three weeks, which they can print at their leisure to distribute to friends or significant others as Christmas, Valentine's Day, or everyday gifts or to spice up the rare uneventful Arbor Day. Classic Boudoir Photography printing costs an additional fee based on different printing options.
Wine is more than a business for Yvette and Nate Peo, the husband-and-wife founders of Vino Paraiso—it's an essential part of life, conducive to relaxing and socializing. They help others enjoy wine through clubs that cater to all types of wine drinkers, from beginners seeking direction to connoisseurs interested in special varietals. Personally selecting each wine they showcase, they typically highlight its provenance by sharing the stories of the farmers and winemakers behind it. The bottles of wine are conveniently shipped directly to subscribers, allowing them to expand their palates from the comfort of home.
At Trampoline Cageball & Climbing Gym, visitors build strength, endurance, and awareness while participating in contact-free competition on several obstacle courses and inside innovative sports arenas. The facility's namesake, trampoline cageball, places participants in a one-on-one contest on an enclosed, Olympic-size trampoline. Players can reach heights up to 14 feet in the air while attempting to toss a 20-ounce palmable ball into the opponent's hoop, in a game that unifies the basic concepts of basketball, volleyball, and moon ballet.
In addition to burning calories and strengthening vestigial wings, visitors exercise total body musculature on obstacle courses such as the Ninja Warrior. Ninja Warrior challenges participants with varying routes on a 17-foot climbing wall and a ladder that requires significant upper body strength and a desire to impress potential mates in order to finish. Trampoline Cageball & Climbing Gym also provides free weights, slack lines, and climbing ropes.
The shelves inside Sarah's Sassy Boutique blossom with trendy wearables from casual to formal. Keep bare appendages warm with the buttonless gray cardigan ($18.50), or showcase sleek, chiseled elbows with the brown-striped T-shirt ($17). Leopard-print yoga pants ($26) add a realistic touch to cat poses, and the vibrant pink sleeveless dress with lace appliqués and feminine ruffles ($18) provides a monochromic backdrop for leopard bronze cuffs ($9) or the shimmering sequined handbag ($22). Pintsize patrons can peruse the toddlers' section that boasts zebra-print booties with delicate rose accents ($11.50) and glistening butterfly wings ($7.50) for dress-up days or field trips to the tax attorney's office.
At Dudley's Wine & Gifts’ laid-back tastings, casually dressed patrons sip vintages to the stereo sounds of rock, soul, and reggae, eschewing the stuffy jacket-and-tie-please attitude of many wine events. At each tasting, knowledgeable staff members obligingly answer all manner of queries—from "What vintage is this pinot?" to "How come it's not spelled 'w-h-i-n-e'?"—helping to cultivate a welcoming and unpretentious atmosphere. Theme nights such as Thursday’s Singles Night and Wednesday’s networking event bring together groups of like-minded drinkers to slap each other’s backs and sip subtle merlots in Dudley’s bright, high-ceilinged tasting room. After swishing a glass, tasters can browse Dudley's cache of gift items, such as its famous tulip corkscrew, or entertain onlookers by reading wine labels aloud in Pig Latin.
The path of a talented high-school athlete is difficult to navigate, full of internal and external challenges to success. Prodigy Athletes provides athletic and emotional mentorship so that students can capitalize on their potential and avoid pitfalls such as the high drop-out rates and character issues that hinder success on a collegiate level. Troy Keali’i Lau—founder of the UCLA Mentorship program—carries on his mission of guidance at Prodigy, where student athletes are challenged physically and held accountable for their actions in a supportive environment. Training programs hone on-the-field skills, and tutoring programs help them gear up academically. Prodigy also works as an intermediary during the recruiting process, providing college visits free of charge and hosting showcases where students display their skills in front of college coaches and well-connected tackling dummies.