Shutterbug Michael Spangler, owner of Expressions Photography of Central, has been snapping photos professionally since 1986. His skills earned him stints as president of the Louisiana Professional Photographers Association and the Capital City Professional Photographers Guild. Today, he crafts portraits and senior photos both inside his studio and amid natural surroundings. His sophisticated, black-and-white portraits occasionally include pops of color to highlight a red car, a pink tutu, or a bad case of the blues. In his color photos, Michael runs the gamut between heavy saturation and subdued, desaturated hues to highlight his subject's dynamic poses.
While chronicling weddings, he draws on 26 years of experience as he alternates between traditional poses and candid shots. Michael also transforms sports photos into memorabilia such as custom composites, trading cards, and magnets. When he isn't capturing still images, he professionally records concerts and recitals on video.
With the amount of fresh and boiled seafood required to meet the needs of their catering requests, dine in and carryout orders, and deli shoppers, it would take two Randy Montalbanos to properly run Randy Montalbano's Seafood & Catering. Luckily, that's exactly what they've got. The restaurant was built on the collaboration between Randy Montalbano, Sr. and his son, Randy Montalbano, Jr., as the crown jewel of the family's three generations in the food-service industry. Above the checkerboard floors of the eatery, display cases show off fresh shrimp, crab, and fish. Patrons can snag live seafood to cook at home, order boiled crab and shrimp to dine in or tote in tidy to-go lunch boxes, or order large platters to cater a football tailgate or a Little Mermaid-watching party.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Staffers at Emerald Cleaners delicately cleanse and deodorize all manner of clothing, preventing fragile apparel from bleeding out in washers or shrinking in dryers. They ensure shirts come back crisp with a fresh starching and exorcise suits and dresses of unsightly stains spawned from spilling a beverage or tickling a squid.
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how backed up by the Pack & Ship Promise. Shipping costs for one package depend on distance, but generally run less than $25, with a 3-pound 19"x13"x5" ground package averaging $12.93. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best, using one of the full range of UPS shipping options, including ground and international shipping.
The clean-clothing crusaders at Sunrise Cleaners fight fabric foes with an arsenal of apparel-safe ammo. The skilled wardrobe-washing staff can launder a sullied T-shirt ($2.29), a pair of pants ($4.29), or an impolite child's mouth, and even wash and fold laundry by the bulk ($1.75/lb.). Powerful dry-cleaning technology can take on more difficult defilements, such as food-fight residue residing on a blouse ($5.19), formal wear ($12.99+), or a zoot suit ($10.50). Coddle a comforter ($25.99), favorite fur, or leather luxury item with specialized dry-clean care. You can also let the experts sew up tattered attire or minimize overgrown garb with alterations, hemming, and shrink wrap. Sunrise Cleaners adds convenience to chaotic schedules, with pickup, delivery, and next-day services (for an additional fee) for the minority of commercial and residential customers who still believe that time exists.