Santa's little helpers

Dive into the holidays


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Want to learn to dive? Ready to take it to the next level? Maybe you just want to brush up on your skills before the next big trip. Adventure Dive & Travel offers several classes on a regular basis, but if the schedule doesn't work for you, one of its highly trained, PADI certified instructors can set a private lesson for your convenience. You can bet there's time and opportunity to reach your diving goals, whatever they might be. Adventure Dive & Travel, located at 2911 Stanton Street, has its own indoor, heated pool, which is as warm as the Caribbean.

Along with scuba dive, Adventure Dive & Travel also offers swimming lessons, pool parties, exotic travel and just about any piece of gear you will need to support your love for diving, in its retail area.  Whether you're just starting out or wanting to update your current gear, Adventure Dive & Travel has you covered. Adventure Dive & Travel carries names like AuquaLung, Atomic, DeepSee and more. 

Adventure Dive & Travel is offering Eighteen21 readers 12% off open water classes and FREE Discover Scuba classes during the 12 Days of Local campaign.


Kate Spencer Photography  

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Since the day Kate first picked up a camera she fell in love with the concept of capturing a moment in time – forever. “As a child, I loved to look through my parent’s wedding album – a keepsake that will live on beyond all of us,” she said.

As a result, she has spent the best part of her life honing her photography skills so that she can record precious memories for those who wish to share them with their children and their children’s children. “I love working with families and documenting the most important moments of their lives; from a proposal to the wedding day and a maternity session to photos of a newborn during the first days of his or her life.”

Kate spends a lot of time getting to know her clients, and their families, whether she’s capturing the moment they say ‘I do’ or snapping the first dance. “I want to reflect the bride and groom’s personalities, love for one another and a sneaky kiss when they think no one is watching.”
In Kate’s hands, your memories are safe.
“I know what they mean to you,” she said. “If you’re the father walking his daughter down the aisle or the brother giving his best man’s speech I’ll be there to record each word, every smile and the sweetest of tears.” 


Laketown Animal Hospital 

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Laketown Animal Hospital is a family-owned small animal veterinary practice located in the Laketown area of Springfield, Illinois, for over 50 years. Established by Dr. Joe Curry in 1961 the practice is now in the hands of his son Dr. Chris Curry. With six veterinarians on staff, Laketown Animal Hospital offers night and weekend appointments to help accommodate its customers’ busy schedule.

Patient care is the highest priority at this facility. Laketown Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and regularly undergoes a 900-point inspection covering everything from equipment to hospital design and protocol to procedure. Less than 15% of all animal hospitals in the U.S. are AAHA accredited.

Laketown Animal Hospital was voted Best Veterinary Clinic in Springfield in 2016 and Best Boarding Facility in 2017 by the Illinois Times. Laketown Animal Hospital provides a wide variety of services including wellness exams, vaccines, boarding, grooming, x-rays, on-site blood work, ultrasonography, and laser therapy. If you have a new pet at home in need of vet care or are thinking of changing providers visit

Join the text club by texting PETS to 317-800-7269 and receive $15 off your next visit. 

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Pampered Pet Center

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Whether you need a few hours of doggie daycare to catch up on your shopping, cooking, or socializing, or extended stays during your holiday travels, your pet will feel right at home at the Pampered Pet Center where they’ll be treated with love and care.  
“Your pet-kids will be right at home as part of the Pampered Pet Center family,” said Pampered Pet Center founder and owner, Jeanette. “During the day, wherever you are, you can check in with your pet through our on-site webcams.”


Pampered Pet Center is open seven days a week, from 6am to 6pm for daycare, and 24/7 for its extended stay guests. “Cage-free; with a beautiful outdoor play area and rubber-matted climate-controlled indoor play area – they’ll enjoy their holiday stay with us – while you’re free to enjoy the happiest time of the year,” said Jeanette.

Pampered Pet Center is conveniently located near Springfield’s main west side shopping area at 3401 Gateway Drive.

“You’ll find the Pampered Pet Center is truly a happy place for all of your furry family members,” said Jeanette. 

For more information about Springfield’s premier doggie daycare and holiday, specials visit: or call 217-483-9106 and chat with Mary, Pampered Pet Center’s very own dog whisperer.  


The Gallery: the art of hair design and skin care 

Committed to excellence, for 25 years, The Gallery prides itself on superior customer service, technical skill, and the way it strives to positively impact the lives of its customers. 

The Gallery offers exclusive retail and signature hair services using hair-care lines to meet any scalp or hair need in its unforgettable shampoo suite. The Gallery also offers signature skincare services including its classic facial. Its skincare specialists are professionally certified in procedures such as Dermaplaning and chemical exfoliation. The Gallery is also a retailer of Glo Skin Beauty, a dermatologist tested and revered skincare and makeup line. 

The Gallery’s talented designers are trained in current trends and techniques and have received education nationwide. Guests receive a consistently excellent experience during each appointment and designers share their knowledge with clients so that they can recreate a look at home.

As a local business, The Gallery continuously gives back to the community any chance it can in the form of donations and events held at its 2941 Montvale Drive location in Springfield. 
For more information about The Gallery and its services visit: and