BandA Exteriors, Inc. improves the curb appeal of homes and businesses with pressure-washing services. During appointments, their black, logo-emblazoned jeep pulls up to the address at the appointed time so that technicians can use a high-pressure stream to remove offending stains. Each visit can uproot coats of mildew on decks, oil stains on driveways and garage floors, and soil ground into sidewalks, to reveal sparkling surfaces below as well as etched-in marriage proposals hiding beneath blankets of grime.
Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
The chefs at CupPasta are so proud of their craft, they invite customers to watch their every move. Located in two different mall food courts, they prepare their fresh pastas from scratch everyday, right in front of their guests, mixing semolina flour and eggs and feeding the dough through special machines that produce seven varieties ranging from fusilli to rigatoni to flower-like fiorellini. But when it comes to putting the dishes together, the rest is up to you. First, pick your pasta and size (from piccolo to grande), then simply choose one of the kitchen's homemade sauces, such as the house specialty made with bacon, cream, and parmigiano cheese. The pasta is conveniently served in cups so customers can take it on-the-go or to a spot in the food court. Other options include pesto, classic bolognese, and a vodka sauce that can also be served straight up. Besides pasta, the shop also serves a number of fresh-pressed panini, served hot on ciabatta bread, plus a line-up of traditional Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli.
Prudence Manolov is an artist. But you don't have to stand at a distance when viewing her work. Not even for the pieces that take her up to 20 hours to create.
She wants you to eat them.
Manolov's most-prized works of art are her specialty cakes, whose sculptural, airbrushed designs and unusual flavors have earned her feature spots on Fox-35 News and at events celebrating everything from marriage to a baby's first insulin spike. She initially honed her sugar-sculpting skills at a cake-decorating class at Michaels, where she discovered fondant and an outlet for her artistic talents. Along with elaborate cake creations, which have taken shapes ranging from footballs to seated mermaids, she and her bakery staff create gourmet cupcakes, cream puffs, cannolis, brownies, and other pastries.
A personal interest in diet and weight loss led founder Linda Parker to open Transformations, where she and her staff seek synergy between lifestyle change, medication, medical supervision, and proper diet guidelines. To this end, trained professionals walk with patients on the sometimes-difficult road toward their personal weight-loss goals. Nutritionally balanced diet protocol and dedicated coaches aim to help patients maintain a targeted healthy weight. Initial medication-assisted weight loss help clients begin shedding pounds, while recipes and food knowledge help educate patients for long-term results.
Instructors at Yellow Rose Yoga lead a variety of classes ranging from gentle and meditative to challenging. During the gentle yoga classes, instructors slowly work to increase students' range of motion and their strength with modified poses and postures. The vinyasa yoga class, however, challenges students with flowing poses and the upper bodywork strengthening sun salutations.