In his 20-plus years as a professional photographer, Nathan R. Cailleach has seen the industry transition from a film medium to a digital one, and he understands that clients often prefer one or the other. That's why he works with both, conducting sessions that result in glossy digital images or hand-printed black-and-white archival prints. Said sessions accommodate everyone from families and high school seniors to engaged couples and boudoir models, whom Nathan photographs both on-location or in his studio. What's more, he can also arrange for an in-studio makeup artist for headshot sessions, which can help aspiring actors build a professional resume or get into character for an upcoming role as "photo shoot subject no.4".
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Since they first started tinkering in a garage shop more than 25 years ago, partners Bill Anderson and JD McGhee have grown their hobby into a full-blown business that boasts a 46,000-square-foot facility, a state-of-the-art metal shop, and a staff of rigorously trained technicians. Computerized dispatch trucks travel to homes in need as their experts handle heating or air-conditioning conundrums with courteous, efficient service. Uniformed technicians behave professionally and wear shoe coverings in the house or risk incurring the wrath of Lynn (reachable by phone at 913-752-9234), who will ensure the trip charge for that visit is waived. LBA can also send master electricians and plumbers to fix home issues or speak with homeowners about installing cost-saving geothermal or solar energy systems. Bill and JD also use their talents to contribute to the community when they can, providing two pro-bono service appointments to an area cancer patient during the humid days of August.
Clark's Tool & Equipment opened in the 1970s as a discount tool shop, but when Don Gamble took the helm, he swapped out the supply of inexpensive outlet supplies to feature quality, American-made tools. Since then, the single shop has blossomed into four retail stores and a 15,000-square-foot warehouse stocked with a full line of brands such as SK Hand Tools, Ingersoll Rand, and Eagle Industries. The emporium of tools is an authorized supplier to industry students and teachers with a strong clientele in the rail, trucking, and manufacturing sectors.
Clark's catalog of tools and accessories includes hand tools, electric tools, and abrasives that summon the steady hands and keen eyes of everyone from industrial veterans to DIY enthusiasts. Safety equipment, tool accessories, and compressors are available to round out every toolbox with the appropriate fixings. Expert technicians also sharpen dulled blades, saws, and gardening tools and bring damaged or broken power tools back to life with skilled repair services.
Bill Artman has trained his lenses on weddings, families, and special events for more than 40 years, turning precious moments into priceless heirlooms. His commitment to uncovering the innate beauty and expression of his subjects has garnered him the Stern award, the highest prize given by the Professional Photographer’s Association of Greater Kansas City, of which he is a past president. A naturally fast runner, Bill will travel up to 10 miles from his studio to snap location shots amid verdant grounds and scenic bridges. He also welcomes subjects into his studio to pose before backdrops of various themes, colors, and textures.
Green Team owner Chris Deulen is currently converting all his vehicles to run on spent vegetable oil from local restaurants––just one of many steps his window-cleaning company is taking toward environmental responsibility. Each day, the fully licensed technicians employ organic and recycled towels, as well as biodegradable and eco-friendly soap to rid glass windows of streaks and smudges and save screens and tracks from oxidation. Beyond protecting the environment from harmful chemicals, they also help sustain the health of home roofs with gutter-cleaning services, happily scaling ladders to pull out leaves, twigs, watermelons, and other common clogs.