The staff at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing works with clients to devise unique combinations of frames and archival materials to protect photos, paintings, portraits, and memorabilia. Under the direction of expert framer Jeff Alltmont, Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing encloses wall hangings of all types in elegant, expertly crafted edgings. Within a large, bright workshop and retail space, customers peruse thousands of frame samples that adorn the walls in a single-file parade of right angles, displaying all available custom-frame colors, styles, and sizes. The friendly craftspersons at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing obligingly advise customers in the process of designing the frame that gives their picture the snazziest hug, including custom mirrors, cork, and chalkboards. Each piece of Alltmont's handiwork is specially fitted to the specific treasure it houses, whether priceless works of art, pride-inducing diplomas and awards, or prized Vincent van Gogh Super Bowl jerseys.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
With more than 13,000 divers certified under their tutelage since 1975, Scuba Ventures' instructors, dive-control specialists, and dive masters guide pupils through the three steps toward scuba certification. Students first learn diving and safety fundamentals during classroom training and practice sessions in Scuba Ventures' heated indoor pool. Then teachers whisk them away on two-day open-water training trips to locales such as the Caribbean or Lake Ouachita where, upon successful completion, they earn an open-water certification card and a free back scratch from a puffer fish.
Instructors also teach an array of training courses ranging from spearfishing sessions to lessons in underwater photography. Scuba Ventures also sponsors dive trips throughout the year, which guests can stock up for by renting or purchasing brand-name gear from the shop.
The professional consultants at Compass Furniture have been steering bewildered patrons through a labyrinth of contemporary and traditional styles, finishes, and fabrics for 35 years. Avoid an empty nest by filling it with top brands, including Broyhill, Schnadig, Bassett, and Serta. The 80,000-square-foot showroom helps decorators envision the final floor plan, displaying entire sets arranged as if they were already in the home. Pick a proper dinner setting with a four-piece dinette ($199.99+) so that you no longer have to wait for the tranquilizers to kick in just to entertain in the neighbor's dining room. If morning brings the frustration of having to wrestle an onslaught of rebellious springs, consider a new mattress ($139+), or give up on bedding altogether and pledge allegiance to a sofa ($299+).
Preservation is as much a priority as presentation at LeMieux Galleries, which is why the displays that the shop crafts from thousands of frames and acid-free mats often involve leaving a buffer of air between delicate paintings and glass. Framers there ensure that stolen copies of the Declaration of Independence can be secretly enjoyed for generations to come with their careful framing techniques, which can preserve the natural edge of paper and safeguard the stitches of antique needlework. In more than a quarter century in the business, the store has displayed everything from souvenir magazines to jerseys within their frames, the styles of which range from sleek contemporary to the ornate gold moulding that grows unbidden in French palaces. LeMieux Galleries also exhibits sculptures, paintings, and ceramics by artists from the Gulf South.
Olinde's helps dress up domiciles with a broad array of furnishings fit for any style or purpose. Beautify your boudoir with a stylish cedar chest, or opt for a set of bunk beds to keep sandmen from always knowing your exact whereabouts. The Hillsdale Lake View bar stool ($99.99) adapts the body pedestals popularized by taverns while removing the threat of a pink-elephant stampede. Televisions (available at the Baton Rouge location only) let their owners pair America's favorite contact sport––sitting––with its favorite spectator sport, watching spectator sports.