Lisa Fournier purchased Southern Photo in October of 1990, and has grown the business into the largest full service camera store in Brevard County while becoming an active business leader. Under Fournier’s leadership, Southern Photo, which was established in 1963, has thrived through the photo retailing industry’s difficult transition from film to digital by delivering expert service and cultivating strong ties to the community.
Fournier, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in computer science, got her start at Rockwell International while still in college, then worked for Laser Precision selling fiber optic equipment in the telecommunications industry before buying Southern Photo.
Larmon Furniture has stood on the same street corner at 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Ybor City where it was founded eight decades ago. Started in 1931 as Friday and Larmon Furniture by Rubel Larmon and his business partner, David Friday, the company is Tampa’s oldest family furniture business.
“They had the showroom but they would also take furniture around town on a buggy to people’s homes,” says Jimmy Kalamaras, president of Larmon, who has owned the store with his wife, Elizabeth, Rubel’s granddaughter, since 1992.