Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Fun Face Photo Booth’s collection of digital photo booths is designed to keep parties well documented. Each booth is equipped with a 10-megapixel camera that churns out unlimited photos. The spacious booths house up to eight people, and feature a touchscreen interface that allows for customizable messages on each photo strip.
Family-owned Just Quality Cleaners tends to all the clothing entrusted in their care at a central plant, which allows staffers to closely monitor the quality of all cleaning and tailoring services. They dry clean clothes, bedding, and linens with eco-friendly products, offering their clients same-day turnaround, and wet-cleaning services douse garments with water and biodegradable detergent before gently drying them at a stable humidity level. A team of expert tailors and seamstresses stands by, ready to shorten dress straps or remove shoulder pads from otherwise gala-ready football uniforms, and the cleaner’s museum-quality storage boxes can hermetically seal away wedding gowns, protecting them from aging caused by oxidation and exposure to water.
Since emerging from the static in 1985, Video Impact has evolved step for step with technology to help customers haul their memories safely into the future. Equipped with the latest in professional editing software, the company's savvy techs produce high-quality transfers, including VHS and photos, to DVD. From corporate training videos to home videos chronicling the time-lapse blossoming of a plastic houseplant, clients preserve their onscreen moments and even add special effects, layering, and moving graphics to final productions. Video Impact's repertoire of memory-saving services expands into the audible realm, as the tunes from vinyl records and cassette tapes can be moved to CDs while retaining the appeal of their glow in a groovy black light.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
Led by Dr. Darryl Pitts, the team at Chastain Wellness Studio specializes in medical spa services while maintaining a relaxing environment. Wielding lavish products from names such as Obagi, PCA Skin, ViDerm, and Oxygenetix, aestheticians and medical professionals treat skin with nonsurgical procedures including facials, microdermabrasion, Botox, and dermal wrinkle fillers, imbuing visages with a glow typically reserved for newlywed fireflies. Trained technicians perform treatments such as laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, and laser body contouring, and licensed massage therapists ease muscles with a coterie of massage services.