“My mom swears that I was born with a label-maker in my hand,” says Christi Gamble, the professional organizer behind Consider it Done!. As a child, she sorted her Barbies according to their outfits and took care to place the fake egg carton in the right spot of her play kitchen’s refrigerator. Christi later channeled that focus into her career, earning a master’s degree in organizational management and working to help corporations run efficiently. She began to lead seminars on time management and organizational skills, after which people often approached her about helping them sort out their homes. She saw a new way to make use of her talents and, in 2005, founded Consider it Done!.
Today, Christi helps homeowners tackle all of their organizational challenges, from a messy closet to an entire home. After an initial consultation, she lends her guidance as clients sort out what to keep and what to purge. Then, she brings in supplies, working within a predetermined budget to find functional containers and storage spaces.
Christi usually returns about a month later to see how things are and to shoo away Borrowers nesting in freshly organized sock drawers. For her, the most rewarding part of her job is hearing back from clients about how much more efficiently they can get ready in the morning, set up for a party, or make a meal. “They’re less stressed. They have more time with their family,” she says. “That’s what makes it worthwhile.”
AmeriThin Inc’s physicians welcome clients into their offices to customize effective pound-shedding regimens and combat stubborn pounds with an arsenal of tools and the tutelage of a healthcare professional. Physicians prescribe a regimen that includes medical aids, behavioral changes, nutritional advice, and fitness plans designed to create a comprehensive plan for boosting health and losing weight. AmeriThin’s methods aim to leave patients more energetic and with fewer cravings, helping them to emerge from each session ready to arm-wrestle impertinent park statues.
For more than three decades, the framing specialists at The Framin' Shoppe have preserved memories behind glass. They build custom frames for flat items such as diplomas or photographs and build shadow boxes to contain three-dimensional items such as quilts or football jerseys with the athletes still wearing them. The shop also purveys DIY framing materials; posters; prints commemorating Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC football teams; and a wide selection of mirrors. Conveniently, the company operates at four Birmingham locations.
It was more than 12 years ago that Rik Lazenby threw caution to the wind and a lucky rabbit’s foot over his shoulder and struck out on his own to follow his dream of owning his own arts studio. After serving as an art teacher and school administrator for 32 years, Rik decided to transition his artistic background into a career in decorative arts. To sharpen his skills, he traveled from Dallas to Verona, Italy to study at Safra Colors, a premier manufacturer of Italian plasters and also headed to Louisville to study with Martin Alan Hirsch of The Faux Finish School. And at home in Dallas, he honed his skills under the tutelage of Doyle Self of the School of Italian Plasters. Now a professional decorative artist specializing in faux finishes and specialty plasterwork, he works with clients to add unique, aesthetically pleasing color and accents to their homes. Lazenby also shares his skills with students of all skill levels during painting classes.
The menu of sandwiches and salads at Itzzy's Delicatessen looks like it was ripped from a New York City storefront. Featuring classic combinations such as pastrami and swiss, tuna salad with applewood-smoked bacon, and reubens loaded with russian dressing on rye bread, Izzy's puts its stock in high-quality ingredients including all-natural, no-filler turkey and certified Angus beef. Izzy's roster of classic deli fare also includes heaping salads and, like a true delicatessen, its sandwiches come with a pickle.