Jennifer Thurman, owner of Sit Happens Dog Training, earned her certification from the International Federation of Guide Dog Schools, and then spent seven years teaching seeing-eye dogs to guide their owners. Using the experience and techniques that she developed as a seeing-eye-dog trainer, Jennifer presses a clicker to signal to family dogs that a treat is on its way in order to teach them to sit, heel, or deal the next round of Go Fish. She leads both group classes and in-home sessions in which dogs and owners learn basic obedience skills or target problem behaviors.
Every time Allyn Brown snaps a photo, he’s contributing to a legacy that first began in 1945 when Carlton O'Neal founded his eponymous studio. After training under Mr. O’Neal, Allyn took the reigns of O’Neals Photography Studio with his wife, Kris, some 20 years ago, and today the two continue to practice their mentor’s teachings while incorporating contemporary techniques and tools. The duo specializes in family and senior portraits and wedding photography, using their carriage house studio’s varied gardens and fountains to serve as picturesque backdrops.
Owner Bobby Holland, boasting more than 40 years of experience, and his team of dry-cleaning doyens restore garments to gleaming glory with a laundry list of services and pickup and delivery options. Dry cleaning grants two-piece suits ($13.99) a water-free purification, as well as removes stains from sullied slacks ($6.99) or paintball-spattered blouses ($6.99). Or opt to give bedraggled bedding a summer sprucing with services that erase wrinkles from blankets, bedspreads, and comforters (all $18.50+). The Holland Cleaners also specializes in treating beaded and sequined items, using friendly solvents that offer a gentle yet thorough cleansing to ensure garments come back devoid of discoloration, loose fabric festoons, or limburger-shellacked trimming.
Over the course of 25 years of dry cleaning, the staff at Boston Cleaners has developed an efficient cleaning regime dubbed The 13 Travels of Your Garment. The process begins with a warm welcome, during which the staff enters each item into a computer system before inspecting and sorting each piece. Then, cleaners apply one of 20 stain-removal detergents, clean garments with eco-friendly machines, and steam them to release wrinkles and cook any long-forgotten, pocketed dumplings. Garments are then given a hand finish, inspected one last time, and delivered to their owners in protective packaging.
Although crisp tablecloths and wood-paneled walls lend Royal Thai Cuisine's dining room a formal air, an attentive waitstaff and old-style Thai recipes help to keep the atmosphere homey. As guests peruse the menu of fragrant curries, stir-fried chicken, and roasted fish, servers patiently answer questions about specific dishes' ingredients and spice levels, which can be made mild or fiery. For added visual flair, some entrees arrive in a hollowed-out half-pineapple or the arms of a cardboard cutout of Cary Grant.