“We didn’t invent the pinup photography thing,” Bonnie says. “Our services aren’t necessarily unique to us, but the experience is.” Both Sullivans participate in every shoot to get a collection of the best shots possible, a personal touch you’re unlikely to find elsewhere: “male eye” vs “female eye.” That eye for a client’s most flattering angles has garnered them a devout national fan base, despite their lack of professional training. “Women always want to feel gorgeous and have a chance to be in the spotlight for even a day, which is the experience offered in our studio.”
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Consignment shop owner Kimi Reisinger aims to breathe new life into the former Harold Snowdon Funeral Home, located at 607 Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. Reisinger and her family purchased the former funeral home and have transformed it into a plethora of treasures untold, with room after room of old and new merchandise just waiting to be discovered.
Small Business Spotlight: Gosh Yarn It! A store that does your grandmother proud
What I love about the shop is that it carries yarn at any price point I, or anyone else, could want. Their selection ranges from the durable and low-cost to the luxurious and dear. I asked Schwartz why carry cashmere and baby alpaca yarn when she could have a larger inventory of cheaper goods and she replied, “If you’re putting that much time into something, don’t you want it to be high quality? Don’t you want it to be worthy?” She has a point. If I am putting twenty hours of knitting into a gift (something I have done!) I want the recipient to treasure it, not only for the time invested, but also because it is a beautiful item that they are proud to adorn themselves with.
Small Business Spotlight: Thirteen Olives
Opening in mid-May, Thirteen Olives will be the only olive oil and vinegar tasting room within almost 80 miles, and the exclusive purveyor of Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oils in Northeastern Pennsylvania, all of which are available for tasting free of charge. Ultra Premium (UP) sounds great, but what does it mean for you? UP is a classification that excels above and beyond any other standard in the olive oil industry by focusing on the when, what, and how, rather than the where, a false marker of quality that mass retailers overemphasize. Furthermore, in order to sell UP oils, retailers must post information such as crush date, storage methods, and a slew of chemistry test results verifying that a particular batch of oil has as many health boosting compounds as are expected from such a lofty grade.
Small Business Spotlight: Little Red Doghouse
Ruddy and Spangler do their very best to make dogs (and cats) and their owners comfortable, and one of the two proprietors is on the premises at all times — something that earned them the 2013 Reader’s Choice award for “Best Doggie Daycare” from the Scranton Times-Tribune. Talking about the business Spangler says, “[It’s] your dog’s home away from home. ‘Welcome to the family!’ It really is like that since we’re going to be spending so much time with them.”
Alchemy with Stacy Giovannucci and Andrea McGuigan
Starting a business in Scranton, in today’s economic climate, was “terrifying,” according to Alchemy owner and operator, Stacy Giovannucci, but she says that the “iceberg” is starting to thaw and leave room for local start-ups to grow, and that she is happy with the niche her company has found. Alchemy provides consumers an opportunity to create their own personal “scent story,” a memory or favorite smell in a wearable, natural perfume or in non-toxic cleaning products for the home.
Local business celebrates 10 years
Opened in 2003, The Woodhouse Day Spa, located at 387 Wyoming Avenue, held its 10-year anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 23. Owners Maurita and Robert Elias, told the Independent Gazette that their goal was to create a welcoming and warm environment.
Coffee ice cubes? Please, take my money!
Launched in June 2012, the Luzerne business aims to be a watering hole of sorts, offering a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy some good bean and friendly company.