The top executive at The Hartley Co. credits its more than 140 years of success in business to one factor. “First and foremost, I think we’ve had a long line of leaders that have maintained a high level of integrity throughout our years of business, and that’s what’s kept us in good relations with vendors and suppliers,” President Doug Hartley says. “Integrity is the most important thing to us; we’ve made it this long being honest, having integrity and doing what we say we’re going to do.”

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With the proliferation of digital cameras, social media networks and photography apps that allow users to alter images with the flick of a finger, anyone can play memory-maker with their phones, tablets or computers. But for everyone who still enjoys creating something with their own personal style, the feel of paper in their hands and the sounds, scents and textures of scrapbooks, there is Archiver’s.

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The life of Carroll Shelby, that farmer turned icon, may soon be told on the big and small screens. His life was recounted by Wallace A. Wyss in the 2007 biography “Shelby: The Man, The Cars, The Legend,” which provided the base for the in-production drama miniseries, “The Drivers.”

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In the movie industry, bigger is usually better, and that’s true of Carmike Cinemas Inc.’s BigD large-screens. They have screens measuring up to 78 feet wide by 3 stories tall, provide luxury seating and stunning surround sound and are being rolled out nationwide. BigD theaters – the ‘D’ stands for dimensional sight, dynamic sound and deluxe seating – are in 14 markets, but in terms of the regions in which Carmike locates its cinemas, small to mid-size is typically better.

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Since 1985, John Plainos has owned and operated an electrical contracting company, A-1 Service Group. In 1994, he identified the counting of people in retail locations as a possible niche market. His firm installed a few systems that were typically used at the time to count the number of customers in stores and malls so he could learn how they worked. He learned that they did not work very well.

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Already the largest independently owned wine, beer and spirits retailer in the United States, Total Wine & More has big plans for 2012. Vice President of Customer Experience Steve Faith says the company plans to enter three big new markets this year: Dallas; Seattle; and Spokane, Wash. Combined with the 78 stores the company already has in 11 states, Faith says Total Wine & More expects its new locations to carry it to the next level after it reached a pair of monumental milestones in 2011.

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Who would have ever thought that something called the “garbage bowl” would become a household name? And it’s not solely because the person who created it, Rachael Ray, possesses a household name herself. The garbage bowl, that sturdy dish sitting in the middle of the counter where the onion peels and sausage wrappers get dumped, saves the busy home cook precious time by cutting out the unnecessary trips back and forth to the garbage can or a big clean up afterward. The efficiency of the garbage bowl makes it a useful or even essential kitchen item for many home chefs.

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A diversified premier apparel company, Hybrid Apparel has grown from its roots as a t-shirt shop into a private-label and licensing distributor serving men, women and children. Based in the United States, the company services all tiers and trade channels of distribution, as well as large and small retailers.

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