Before he took over Springfield Leather Company, Kevin Hopkins was a struggling musician in need of a guitar strap. After fashioning one out of scraps from a nearby leather store, he realized his true talent and went on to manage Tandy leather stores throughout the midwest. When Tandy shuttered the business in 1999, Hopkins bought the Springfield outpost, rechristening it Springfield Leather Company. Inside the sprawling space, a staff of jewelry and leather experts arm customers with a vast assortment of leather goods and jewelry-making supplies.
At eight showrooms across the Kansas City area, SleepOne Mattress Superstore's aptly named sleep advisors recommend mattresses that will accommodate budgets and physical conditions such as stiffness and pain. After scouring the showroom's floor, the staff might suggest a Sterns and Foster mattress made with materials such as silk and cashmere. They also offer delivery and removal of the old mattresses.
SleepOne Mattress Superstore also fights nightmares with several guarantees. For example, their staff will refund 110% of the difference in price if customers find the same mattress sold for less. They also exchange mattresses for up to a year (only charging a redelivery fee) and offer a rehabilitation program for reformed boogeymen.
Veteran shutterbug Cara Dee Stucke honed her artistic eye in 27 years in the portrait-photography field and today attends annual workshops and seminars to stay abreast of modern techniques. Along with fellow photographer Mark Gilmore, Cara Dee snaps elegant, contemporary shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors using high-tech equipment such as 21.5-megapixel sensor cameras and light-bending hand claps. Before each photo session, the creative team can proffer wardrobe and makeup consultations, taking time to heed customers' requests for the overall vibe of the shoot.
On-location sessions voyage into the tranquil confines of nature for a romantic ambiance, and shoots in the CaraDee Photography studio allow for edgy, urban-theme photos with self-provided props. Images make their way onto prints of all sizes, emblazoned on top-quality metallic or lustrous papers, custom-created books, and videos replete with music.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
For almost 20 years, Bedding Mart has been laying mattresses, pillows, frames, and other dozing surfaces underneath its sleepy clients. These skilled somnambulence-preventers provide a mattress collection that includes Serta and Simmons Beautyrest, which join other dream-cultivating brands in rounding out their plushy provisions. Accessories such as a Comfort Select memory-foam pillow (up to $99.95) absorb recollections more effectively than the un-porous surfaces of amnesia anvils. A helpful staff is always on hand to help customers select the right items, such as a Simmons Beautyrest extra-firm-full size mattress ($388.99), Englander plush mattresses ($128.99+), memory-foam mattresses ($398.99+), or bed frames ($49.95—$69.95), which help provide a stable home for courteous under-bed monsters.