In 1997 a small group of concerned citizens joined together to fight the construction of a chemical facility on Mobile Bay's western shore. As it researched the environmental impact of similar plants, it discovered that a sustained effort toward drawing industry into the area had resulted in pollution levels that held the second-highest presence of carcinogens in the nation. Sparked by this realization, the small group transformed into the Mobile Baykeeper, which works to balance the needs of the economy with the protection of the local environment and the health of its people.
As a solutions-based group, Mobile Baykeeper works to preserve and protect the Mobile Bay watershed, a vast network of more than 200 separate rivers, lakes, bayous, creeks, and other water-sources that cover two-thirds of Alabama. Using established environmental laws, Mobile Baykeeper works to protect citizens' health and natural resources, form coalitions, educate communities, and restore damaged coastlines. The group also trains volunteers to fix ongoing issues, such as unsafe sewage systems and storm-water-runoff problems.
Palmer Studio has been in business for more than half a century, but its history goes back further than that. Now helmed by Denis Palmer and Gretchen Warren, the idea for the business dates back to the 1940s, when his father would photograph friends and relatives from Denis’s father's home. Since the storefront first opened in 1958, the business has been passed from father to son, keeping alive a family tradition of evocative family portraiture and wedding photography.
The Computer Crew's expert analog artists have dedicated a decade to the healing and preservation of electronic mainframes, offering full service repair and upgrades to all breeds of CPUs. Tote in damaged and weary laptops, desktops, and Carrot Tops for in-store services that include virus and spyware removal, diagnostics, and hardware replacement (price of hardware not included), each ensuring that machines and the chain emails they facilitate flourish long into the foreseeable future ($50/hour). Rescue vital data lost from power surges and system crashes with data-recovery services that include data backup, deletion, migration, and disaster planning for Y2K 2: Back in the Habit.
The hay bale-strewn corner of a rustic barn and a gym’s locker room rarely coexist within one building. But they do at The Jim Owens Studios because for the past 40 years, their photographers have snapped portraits not only in front of green screens and backgrounds, but on elaborate in-studio sets. Athletes can flex for the camera before rows of lockers, families can show their country roots on the barn set, and high school seniors can pose with a wall whose rainbow-hued graffiti scrawls out “Seniors.” The photographers can also shoot weddings on location, documenting keepsake moments from newlyweds’ first married kiss to the first petal dropped by the flower girl.