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A team of photographers make up the fleet of instructors at Light Graspers. They decided to share their love of photography with others through tutorials offered to photographers of all levels. For budding artists, the photographers offer lessons on mastering the basics such as shutter speed and aperture settings. They also lead more advanced students through other skills such as white balance and lighting techniques.

601 Handle Drive
Crowley,
TX
US

The Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce named the Diet Solution Centers the Outstanding New Business of the Year in 2012, due in no small part to the success stories of many of its patients. The weight-loss clinic directed by Brian J. Caplan, M.D. helps clients shed excess pounds.

The team's custom, high-calorie and high-protein meal plans eschew prepackaged foods in favor of everyday items that can be found at the grocery store, a local restaurant, or a kindergartner's lunch box. The experts aim to accelerate weight-loss efforts with FDA-approved appetite suppressants, vitamin B-12 injections, and fiber supplements.

740 South Crowley Road
Crowley,
TX
US

A smartphone's tiny screen relies on the strange properties of liquid crystals. Check out Groupon's study of LCDs to learn how they create the vivid pictures in your pocket.

Liquid Crystals and LCDs: How Cell Phones Resemble Carrots

The term liquid crystal seems a contradiction, but a liquid crystal is actually neither a liquid nor a solid?it's both, stuck in a sort of chemical limbo with its molecules somewhere between the liquid and solid phases. When an electrical current passes through a liquid crystal, its molecular orientation changes, and so does the direction of light that passes through it. By sandwiching these crystals between polarized glass and manipulating the current passing through them, your phone is able to control the light they channel, resulting in the high-contrast images that appear on screen. Although our brains only see each pixel as a single dot, each consists of red, blue, and green subpixels that, when lit at various intensities, can emit more than 16 million colors.

Despite their advanced applications, liquid crystals are not a recent discovery. They were first identified in the late 19th century by a scientist studying cholesterol extracted from carrots?a natural source of liquid crystals, as are human beings and most other living things, which tend to have them in their cell membranes. Liquid crystals and LCDs were the subject of research and patent applications throughout the early 20th century?including one filed by Marconi?s Wireless Telegraph Company in 1936?and finally hit consumer electronics in the early 1970s, when they were introduced in wristwatches.

740 South Crowley Road
Crowley,
TX
US

Tell us about your business.

We specialize in completely customized wedding products. We offer save the dates—available as a postcard, die cut card, or magnet—wedding invitations, RSVPs, ceremony/direction inserts, Thank You cards—available as a postcard or magnet—ceremony program fans, wine labels, table numbers, and unique photo displays.

What makes your business stand out?

There are no templates. We work with customers to get to know them and find out what their style and their story is. If you are a movie lover, we'll help turn your wedding stationery into movie tickets, a filmstrip, popcorn, or whatever you envision. We often incorporate photographs of the couple into our products. People are more inclined to keep something that has a friend or love one on it; it makes a more memorable keepsake for the couple. We also offer specialty products. Having a destination wedding in Jamaica? How about custom door hangers for your guests? Have a lengthy walk to the ceremony site? How about outdoor floor decals that tell the story of how you and your fiancé met?

What inspired you to start this business?

I'm a newlywed (under two years of marriage), and the wedding planning experience is still fresh in my mind. As a bride-to-be, I remember how most of the affordable invitations were templates, and I had to settle for an invitation that was kind of my style, in almost my wedding colors. That experience [is] part of what created Brown Fox Creative. I want to offer modern options for brides that are perfectly what they want, in exactly their color, style, and theme.

What is your most popular offering?

Save the date magnets. They literally stick around. "Will you be my bridesmaid" wine labels and ceremony program fans [are also popular], especially for outdoor weddings.

What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?

"Oh my goodness, I love all of these. I just can't choose. Let's do half the order with this design, and the other order with this other design." They just couldn't bear to pick just one design for their save the date magnets. So they didn't, they went with both.

What’s your favorite part about your job?

Feeling the excitement from brides as they give me general ideas, and we brainstorm the perfect solution.

Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We offer different paper types: linen (a textured paper), bamboo (a softer textured paper), and pearl (a shiny paper). We also have a large selection of die cut shapes and folding styles.

Business Basics

Established: 2013

Handicap Accessible: No

Staff Size: 1 person

Parking: No parking

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Most popular offering: Save The Dates

Pro Tip: Look around for inspiration. What is your style? Do you have a theme? What are your colors?

393 Meadow Ridge Drive
Burleson,
TX
US