In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
One of the oldest stoneware manufacturers in the United States, Stoneware has been dedicated to the tradition and careful craftsmanship of transforming clay into enduring, functional art for the home and kitchen since 1815.
On the Stoneware Art Factory tour, follow the steps of more than 20 skilled artisans who take the clay from raw form to completed piece. Pick from a wide selection of pottery pieces and use the same tools and glazes as Stoneware’s artisans, to decorate your own masterpiece. Once complete, your piece will be glazed and fired by Stoneware staff. After its time in the kiln, it’ll be ready for pick-up in about 7 to 10 business days. Allow 1 to 2 hours.
Located in Louisville, Kentucky the art factory in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood offers tours twice a day Monday through Friday and a paint your own pottery experience and retail store Monday through Saturday.
Discovering the mission of The Artist In You is as simple as reading its name—to help every guest unleash their creative side. A knowledgeable staff guides participants through pottery-painting and glass-fusing experiences. Hundreds of pieces of pottery, ranging from dishes to tiles to figurines, await personalization from paint, fingerprints, stamps, stencils, and image transfers before taking a toasty trip into one of the studio's three kilns. Bits of colorful glass gain new life during fusing sessions in which visitors can assemble gleaming jewelry or prismatic plates. The studio hosts private birthday parties, bachelorette gatherings, fundraising events, and children's camps, and individual walk-ins are allowed during all of these events.
Koch & Company beautifies living spaces with custom-framing jobs and provides students with the necessary space to paint-their-own canvases with friends. The shop's designers share an aesthetic savvy and will gladly help clients to select from more than 400 frame samples and more than 600 mat samples, tailored to encase paintings, diplomas, and other pieces of art. Koch & Company also offers trained instructors to help students at any level create their own personal pieces of art.
With a plethora of frame and mat samples, Deck The Walls can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24"x36" pieces are well under $100), and sports jerseys shine (most for under $300). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. Deck The Walls' lifetime guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Designer and namesake, Craig Kaviar, has more than 30 years of experience creating sculptures and functional metalwork. He and a team of skilled artisans churns out intricate works that are both artful and functional using traditional blacksmithing practices with a modern twist. The tour provides a behind the scenes look into the workings of the forge and live demonstrations allow visitors to witness the master metalworkers do their thing. They’ll heat raw materials to temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees, using both a traditional coal forge and Kaviar's innovative, eco-friendly forge, fueled by waste vegetable oil and recycled Meat Loaf albums. The tour begins with a visit to the media room and a discussion on the history of metallurgy, from the discovery of copper, to the Bronze Age, to the 'Metal as Junk Food' movement of the 1870's.
Located in the historic Snead Manufacturing building, Glassworks has provided the crystal-curious public with a glimpse into the delicate art of glass blowing, flameworking, and architectural glasswork for more than 10 years. Walk-in workshops are offered seven days a week and equip students of all skill levels with the tools and techniques needed to craft their own glass keepsakes such as sun catchers ($21–$28), medium-sized vases ($40), and clocks ($55/small, $65/large). Students skilled at cooling molten oatmeal can put their expert exhales to better use in a glass-blowing class taught by one of Glassworks' resident artists. Emerging artisans employ ancient techniques and modern technology to sculpt hot silica into customized vases ($60), mugs ($80), eggs ($40), and ornaments ($40). Glass-blowing classes change seasonally and are by appointment only.
Carrell Rogers Carpet One Floor & Home accentuates domestic décor and prevents homeowners from walking on dirt with premium-quality flooring products and professional installation services. Navigate the in-store labyrinths of the SelectAFloor system for a turf makeover, whether you're paving inner terrain with hardwood such as natural oak (red oak flooring with stylish, natural finish, and classic 3" plank size; $1.99 per sq. ft., installation starting at $3.91 per sq. ft.) or using an unusual carpet shade such as cobblestone by Evans Black (tufted cut pile texture, soft luster, 10-year Resista stain warranty, $2.52 per sq. ft., installation starting at $1.05 per sq. ft.) to transform your home into an 18th-century London fish market. Armor Mother Earth's supple soil skin against trampling feet with a mosaic of tile, or perfect DJ-scratching skills on a variety of vinyl.
Burdorf's outfits homes, businesses, and anything in between with sturdy and eye-tickling furniture and fine art for all budgets and aesthetic aspirations. From their elegant four-story 55,000-square-foot showroom, the friendly staff and expert interior designers assist guests in selecting mattresses, sofas, end tables, headboards, foot stools, pinky rests, and more. The regal Bassett Side Chairs ($135+) make a subtle addition to any space, while the straight and stylish Lane Cocktail Table ($249) provides a cozy counter for curbing drinks, displaying magazines, or performing minor surgery on a malamute.
Khazai Oriental Rug Gallery imports a sweeping collection of hand- and machine-crafted rugs and runners from all over the world to satisfy a range of floor-covering needs. More than 10,500 in-stock options will complement homes, offices, or tree forts with an array of European, Southwestern, or contemporary designs, or pieces with themes ranging from coastal to music. A 5’3"x8’ geometric-circle rug ($149) complements a techno-laden spy office, and a cozy 4’2"x5’10" Kentucky blue-colored contemporary rug ($179) makes a suitable launch pad for jumping into bed. Shoppers can browse clearance items to trample upon without ignominy, or give floors a regal elegance with a 3’5"x6’5" traditional red Persian rug ($499).
At Fundamentals Family Learning Studio, a team of CDA- and Commonwealth Child Care–certified staff members keep close watch over whippersnappers, engaging them in stimulating activities while their parents enjoy a night out. Within the vibrantly colored hardwood-floored studio chock-full of toys and games, lads and lasses can spend an evening mingling with peers while parents indulge in grownup pastimes, such as attending a show or an all-you-can-eat asparagus buffet. Experienced CPR-trained staff members scrupulously supervise little ones split up into small groups as they whip up culinary masterpieces in the play kitchen, relax and watch movies, and recreate Rembrandt's Night Watch during arts-and-crafts sessions. Infants and toddlers cavort in a separate room with age-appropriate toys and snooze in a quiet napping zone, and older kids romp virtually with computer games.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle in each Ashley Furniture HomeStore warehouse. The stores' mattress and box-spring sets provide proper hiding places for bank heist loot and include choices from name brands such as Ashley Sleep and Simmons. The Augusta Memory Foam set
cushions weary bodies with eight inches of contour-hugging support and thwarts nightmare sweat with a ventilated top layer (queen for $799). Meanwhile, the Simmons Sleeper's Choice line globetrots from the Calgary Plush (queen for $579.99) to the Danville Euro Top (full for $439.99) mattress and box-spring pairings, softening even the roughest of landings.
Summer Classics was founded in 1973 as a manufacturer of plastic umbrella bases. After the breezy craze of umbrella disco died out, the company branched out into designing and building its own line of home furnishings. Summer Classics produces high-quality products that are largely customizable via a variety of color and fabric options. Its large inventory selection includes posterior-supporting Palm collection side chairs ($477 each for frame, cushions $83–$168), and piña-colada-supporting Ocean Grande collection end tables ($496). No back porch is complete without a sturdy armchair in which to read the daily paper and lecture your sprinkler system, such as the Plaza collection arm chair ($379 for frame, cushions $70–$140). Cushion a planned fall with a set of Aqua collection large throw pillows ($97–$196 each), or opt for a smaller decorative throw in a color such as mango or blue bell ($107–$252 each). The friendly and helpful staff at Summer Classics is on hand to answer any questions you may have about fabric trims or weather patterns.
Casual Living refurbishes the urbanized outdoors into open-air living space with a wide variety of aluminum, steel, and wicker patio furniture. Customers can match any outdoor aesthetic without having to drag the living-room set outside by perusing Casual Living's all-weather furnishings in more than 50 different styles and myriad materials, including fabric, metal, and more. Patios pop with pizzazz or relish in relaxation with a rainbow of market-style outdoor umbrellas ($159.95) or a 13-foot Pawleys Island rope hammock ($149.95). A wood-burning fire pit equips outdoor spaces with a kitchen, heat source, and marshmallow torture device ($229.95). Casual Living occasionally ventures indoors with a collection of brass fireplace screens and sets, counter stools from Pastel (sale price $149.95), and gas-fireplace installations.