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OTBA Monthly Member Spotlight
Name of Business: Blackall Photography
Your Name: Kelly Blackall
Web Site: www.blackallphotography.com
Why did you get into the business and how long have you be in it? When I was a kid, my grandfather had a darkroom in his home in Topanga Canyon, Ca. Topanga; known for its eclectic ways gave me a firsthand look at creative side of photography & then the methodical way of developing my own photos probably came from my grandfather who was a very detail orientated man. In high school, shooting for the paper & yearbook I learned the basic fundamentals of what being a photog is all about. I love doing what I do!! It’s very cool to be able to capture special moments for my clients!
What’s your favorite part about what you do for a living? I love the freedom that comes with being a photog! Freedom to express my creativity and quirky side, freedom to meet and showcase the beauty inside and out of all my clients and freedom to make my own schedule!!
Name of Business: All Star Archery & Marine
Your Name: Troy & Kelly Blackall
Web Site: Work in progress…
Why did you get into the business and how long have you been in it? My husband has been hunting since he was a kid and has always been an outdoors-man. Before the shop was All Star Archery it was Nix Shooting Supply. Troy started working there in about 1985, about 7 years after he became a firefighter for Lewisville. Then in 2004 it was sold to a new owner and became All Star Archery & Marine. He stayed and now works there on days when he’s not at the fire station. I picked it up after meeting Troy and wanting to try and find a good hobby-well, I LOVED it and LOVED him. I loved shooting for tournaments and shooting for sport. It’s been a great experience and introduced me to a whole new world, including bringing me to my husband!!
What’s your favorite part about what you do for a living? I love shooting my bow. I love shooting period, but there is something about shooting with a bow that makes it all flow a little better. It’s a very satisfying feeling to go out on a hunt and bring home something you got with such a primitive weapon. So being able to combine that and helping others capture that feeling is great! I’m sure Troy would tell you being the first to get and “test” all the new toys that come in!
What’s the best vacation you’ve ever taken and why? I would have to say our honeymoon in Cabo! It was great to get away, lock the cell phones up and just breathe a little better. Can’t wait to go back soon.
Name of Business: Premier Nationwide Lending
Your Name: John Lyng
Web Site: http://www.pnlending.com/
Why did you get into the business and how long have you been in it? I got into the mortgage business at the end of 2005 after spending about seven years in the wireless business. My position with Cingular was going to be eliminated after we bought AT&T and a friend of mine recruited me to work with Centex Home Equity. Once the subprime crisis started, my group was eliminated and I went back to AT&T Mobility for a time. I started writing loans again at the end of 2009.
What’s your favorite part about what you do for a living? It’s very satisfying to me to be able to put someone in a better financial position, whether by refinancing to a better rate or a shorter term, or buying a home. I really enjoy working with a first time homebuyer, because of their enthusiasm as well as being able to counsel them through the process.
I also enjoy seeing the satisfaction expressed by our borrowers when we get them on the proper loan program, and get them closed on average within three weeks’ time from taking the application.
Name of Business: Pulp | Letterpress
Your Name: Amanda Ferguson
Web Site: www.pulpletterpress.com
Why did you get into the business and how long have you been in it? I’m constantly inspired by my surroundings, and see design in the small, everyday places. I have such an affinity for well-developed retail spaces, and I love to see how people design and build their workspaces; whether it’s local coffee shops, eateries, retail shoppers, or general office spaces — there’s always room for clever build outs, vivid branding efforts, classic signage typography, and more. We find nothing more inspiring than creative people who find exciting ways to celebrate the small details in life….thus a love for fine paper was born. We opened our doors to our little studio in the heart of Old town in October of 2009.
What’s your favorite part about what you do for a living? Quite simply, I truly consider my boutique as an extension of myself, evolving as I recognized a void in the market for specialized retailers. With that in mind, I wanted to create a unique boutique, believing it truly needed to be personal and special — a direct reflection of me and my personal style. Believing a customer should be just as in love with a store as with the merchandise we carry, bring a moment of oooohhh & awwww’ing to their day. Pulp | Letterpress is as much about merchandising as it is about the delightful products we offer and we truly love helping to preserve the charm of handwritten correspondence.