Each of the Junior League Market's events help the Junior League of Shreveport-Bossier carry out projects that serve at-risk women and children, from playing bingo with hospitalized kids to increasing community awareness about domestic violence. The community especially rallies together during the Shopping for a Cause events at the Shreveport Convention Center, where up to 140 merchants—including new faces and favorite sellers from years past—gather to sell their wares in one place. At the Girls’ Night Out event, Mike's Light & Sound plays music to set the mood as ladies sip drinks or nibble hors d'oeuvres and desserts, including treats from Woo Hoo Whoopies and Bistro Byronz. The event also includes door prizes and shopping at the market.
Kids can get involved through the Breakfast with the Bunnies event, where Barnes Portraiture snaps shots of children forging telepathic connections with live bunnies. Meanwhile, families can sit down to breakfast from Monsour's before they head into the market to peruse the booths.
The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.
Like the human body, electronic devices are fun to look at but full of scary parts. Fortunately, the technicians at Cell Doc, LLC are well-versed in the inner workings of phones, computers, and game systems, saving them from the scrap pile with their technological know-how. Cracked screens, unresponsive buttons, and speaker slots gummed up with peanut butter are remedied by the professional staff.
The cyber photo wizards at Beyond Digital Imaging scan old snapshots and bring them back to life to file in a DVD library or reprint in their perfected state. With the help of their digital equipment, the picture doctors can restore faded Kodachrome, correct for water damage, or inject color into black-and-white film. Once the portraits achieve the envisioned vibrancy, they can be sent through to one of several printers, taking physical form on photographic paper, watercolor paper, or stretched canvas or as the tattoo on a loved one's forehead. Trap images in a semiconductor and take them home on a DVD for screen-assisted viewing. Beyond Digital Imaging does all its work in-house, eliminating any problems associated with delivery to a remote location, such as damage or losing thousands of words in translation. An average customer pays $25–$40 for image services.
Thanks to TapSnap, the photo booth has finally caught up to the 21st century. Exploding the traditional photo-booth concept, TapSnap's designers got rid of the walls, cramped space, and lack of viewing screen. Instead, they created a mobile photo kiosk that feature a 42-inch touch screen, printer, and sharing capabilities through Facebook or email. Once guests snap a picture, they can customize their shots with digital and real-life props, text, color effects, and thought bubbles, which can serve as a new-fangled way to ask your crush "yes, no, or Gchat date?" Rental units are run by attendants to ensure interacting with the system is easy. Photos can also be branded to commemorate a wedding or a corporate event.
Chris Davis, licensed massage therapist and owner of Twin Souls Healing Massage Therapy, located inside LA Tanning, has worked with a wide variety of clients, including a gymnastic troupe and football players. His Swedish and deep-tissue massages help athletes ease aches resulting from games, practices, or carb-loading sessions. Davis's work also treats everyday clients whose playing fields are ergonomic office chairs. He pushes tension from their upper shoulders, where lactic acid tends to build, and encourages clients to drink plenty of water after massages to help flush out toxins.