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What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Same day alterations if needed.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Make customer look beautiful and feel beautiful.
What do you love most about your job?
sewing and make people happy for their special day.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
When the customer leave our store and give us hugs, and refer another customer to us.
Sur La Table is everything cooking. Taking most people’s love for a well-cooked meal to the absolute limit, then provide superior quality cooking ware, dining sets, tea sets, even going so far as to offer a range of cooking classes. They started out as a small, unassuming store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Their love of exceptional quality culinary tools caused both professional chefs and food enthusiasts to gravitate towards them, leading to a success that birthed a second, then a third store. They remain true to their humble origins though, featuring the same charmingly disheveled layout that makes it feel as if you’re stepping into a treasure chest.
Tell us about your business.
I love to capture life in its purest moments. I enjoy photographing people from various backgrounds and learning more about their culture. I think photography is a universal language that we all understand. The key to great photos is to live in the moment. I like to photograph from artistic and unique perspectives. I love to provide my clients with memories that they will keep forever.
What's your background like?
I have been studying photography for over 12 years, and have almost 10 years of Professional experience. I have worked for various magazines, corporations, and private clients producing marketable and editorial images. I've shot everything from sports to weddings to babies. I just love to be a part of people's special moments.
Do you have a studio, do on-location photography, or both?
I currently have a studio in Indianapolis and I’m looking for studio space in Houston. I enjoy doing both indoor and outdoor photography. I do a lot of on-location shoots using natural and window light.
What photographers influenced you? In what ways do traces of their work show up in your work?
Gordon Parks has been a huge influence in my photographic aspirations. I loved his approach to photography and the controversial pieces he would create to get a reaction out of people. He's definitely a pioneer in this industry. I love how he showed the progression of people and America in a time where photography was his choice of weapon. Sometimes we can use art to shine light on sensitive subjects, when we're too deaf to hear the words. I'm also influenced by Ansel Adams photography. I love the landscape images and how he keeps it black and white. It shows tremendous appreciation for the view and quality of work. I'm very much into fine art and try to create it daily.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I'm also inspired by Langston Hughes because I love to write. He had a lot of thought in his poetry and short stories. And with photography, a lot of thought goes into the process of creating a great photograph.
One interesting fact most people don't know about your business:
We do a lot of work in the community. Very much a part of mentoring our youth and making sure they have creative outlets.
Tell us about your business.
I am a licensed aesthetician that has specialized in makeup applications and lessons. I like to consult about an individual's lifestyle and wardrobe preferences before creating their look. In today's busy world, I teach techniques and recommend products that are versatile, easy to apply, and long-wearing. I have many, many years of brow-shaping experience. I am convinced that the appropriate brow shape is a key ingredient to looking your best.
What makes your business stand out?
I love what I do, so that comes across to my clients during their service. I try to make the service as fun as it is educational. The products I sell have been selected because they are skin-beneficial and of superior quality.
What inspired you to start this business?
I love working with color cosmetics to enhance the appearance of my clientele and keep them up to date with trends.
What is your most popular offering?
I see many of my clients on a monthly basis for brow services, waxing, and dying. Many of the women I worked with when applying their wedding
makeup are now bringing in their daughters, too. Besides this, I see clients twice a year for new makeup update lessons in the spring and fall. No one should get stuck in a makeup rut.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
One woman told me she left my chair feeling and looking so wonderful that she met her husband-to-be that very night. Another woman told me her husband took a look at her and said, "You look great, what did you do?" This was an extreme compliment, since he did not even notice her makeup—simply that she looked beautiful. That's what makeup should create for everyone when applied skillfully.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The sparkle in someone's eyes when they look in the mirror and like what they see. Everyone loves the "reveal" or there would not be so many makeover shows on TV.
Most popular offering: Brow waxing
ProTip: Feel free to bring products you already love to incorporate into the lesson.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: One person
Parking: Parking lot
When Henry Harvey went to the University of Houston in 1975, he realized the dance moves he'd picked up at high school in Fort Worth were more valuable than he thought. In fact, he gave lessons to new people in the area who wanted to fit in on the dance floor. Years later, his wife decided they should start dancing together. "I went to dance class and found out they were doing the same things I was 10 years before," he said. Taking stock of his management abilities and previous dance experience, he realized he had the opportunity to be successful, so he brushed up his skills and founded High Steppers Dance Troupe LLC in 2007.
At locations throughout the area, Harvey and his team of instructors teach the hot urban Houston two-step, as well as swing-out dancing. The dances are set to cool urban R&B tunes and neo-soul grooves and help participants release the seductive strut or smooth swagger they've kept bottled up. Instead of duct taping themselves to a good dancer in the club and letting them do all the work, students can be confident in their ability to finally know what they're doing on the dance floor.
Harvey claims that his students, many of who are aged 40 and older, come not only for the improved skills that come from dancing for two hours, but also for the atmosphere, which he calls "very upbeat and very festive." His dance classes can also act as a stress reliever after a long day at work. "They get into dance class and they're rejuvenated," Harvey says.
In addition to dance lessons, the group takes charter buses on regional trips and hosts two to three showcases per year, where students regale audiences with a synchronized dance routine. At their social dances, a DJ spins tunes as students get the chance to put their lessons into practice and leave behind their days of doing the worm shyly on the dance-floor sidelines.