The word "concrete" doesn't often evoke creativity. But the landscapers and designers at Municipal Services of America transform bland slabs of cement into works of art. Their stamped-concrete patios come in all shades and textures, sometimes masquerading as russet stones or taking on the style of distressed tiles. Other home issues MSA tackles include waterproofing basements and repairing sewers.
A state-of-the art photography studio, Prelude Photography snaps scores of striking images, capturing memorable moments more effectively than making snow angels that melt when shoveled indoors. Specializing in photographing families, children, and pets, Prelude offers a play area that keeps kids occupied. A large, bright studio ensures that subjects remain relaxed while cutting-edge cameras and photo software magically illuminate smiles and charmingly transform leering stares. Large monitors are present to immediately showcase striking shots; most prints are printed within the hour, and free digital enhancements are provided. Select your three favorite images and receive one 10x13 print, two 8x10 prints, four 5x7 prints, four 4x5 prints, and twenty-four wallet prints; for an additional $15, you can add two more print sheets and receive digital images as well. Or, for an additional fee, opt to have a photographer sent to your home, office, or tree house for an off-site session (fee varies based on location, distance, and subjects).
Medlab's teams of medical professionals quantify and assess important bodily systems at locations throughout a five-state Midwest region. Trained to work with patients of all ages, phlebotomists deftly retrieve blood with minimal discomfort, then process the samples to analyze vital statistics such as cholesterol, glucose levels, and sodium. Wait times that average 10 minutes free up precious time for patients.
As a holistic nutrition consultant, Sarah Saxby helps others by shedding light on dietary topics and lifestyle goals. Her venture into nutrition consultation began when she became a mother of three. For Sarah, parenthood presented a multitude of questions and concerns about what her children were eating. So she began researching ingredients and paying more attention to nutritional information, realizing along the way that one-size-fits-all diet plans are simply ineffective. Today, Sarah carries that philosophy into her work, helping clients map out paths to healthier, happier lives by devising diet and lifestyle plans based on specific needs and goals.
Blush Boutique, which was named Best Women’s Boutique on Fox 8’s 2010 Hot List, highlights the trendy and eclectic styles of independent and emerging designers with collections of women’s fashion and jewelry. The fashion emporium, bedecked with lemon-lime-magenta pompons, greets style mavens with groves of T-shirts, wallets, and other accessories ($10–$25), dresses and jackets ($25+), and thickets of bags ($25+) and handmade jewelry ($10+). A braided-strap top flatters torsos with floral patterns ($35), and a double-buckled belt ($24), available in beige and black, keeps belly buttons from shouting obscenities at an intrusive forefinger. Featured designers, such as Knitted Dove, Suzabelle, Veronica M, Espe, and Nicole Rae Styler, are on regular rotation, with owners Gina and Laurie—who are both designers themselves—selecting the best from each season to share with their clientele.