The staff members at Sylvan Learning Center's numerous study facilities understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don?t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan?s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. After-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Karen Creager, the woman behind the lens at Focus Saint Louis Photography, can shoot photographs almost anywhere in the Saint Louis area. She travels to homes, weddings, parks, and family gathering places to capture the perfect tableau. Creager skillfully photographs everyone from kids to engaged couples to-high school seniors.
In 1976, Joan Barnes?a Californian mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time?took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree?s founding, Joan?s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children?s? cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beck to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
The St. Louis Cartridge World is one of the region's biggest ink and toner retailers. Roy G. Biv-ify your printer or copier with ink for most major brands, including HP, Dell, Canon, Lexmark, and Epson. Prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, but many cost less than $25. Inkjet cartridges can be refilled an average of four to five times, usually with no wait time, and the Cartridge World experts are happy to field all questions within the bounds of the cartridge universe.
Doc’s Harley-Davidson works to keep owners and aspiring riders outfitted with knowledge, maintenance, and necessary equipment, earning Dealernews's 2007 Grand Prize for “best practices in retailing” and community involvement. Amid 28,000 square feet of parts, accessories, and service space, owner Patty Bush and her staff of motorcycle specialists consistently update the shop with innovations and promotions while maintaining a commitment to quality that began with Patty’s father, Doc, in 1955. In addition to equipping riders with new and preowned Harley-Davidson motorcycles and gear, the staff educates newcomers with a blend of classroom instruction and real-road experience that instills confidence when handling tricky turns or encountering speed-limit signs that involve fractions.
At The Great American Diving Company, swimmers and scuba enthusiasts plunge into a 10-foot-deep, custom-built training pool heated to a balmy 85 degrees. Under the guidance of PADI-certified instructors, students in Open Water Diver classes learn to breathe and explore beneath the surface, opening the doors to continue underwater education and obtain certification or finally put to rest a fear of really big puddles. Divers can gear up for their next expedition in the shop, and the staff also leads scuba trips to diving locales.