It’s hard to miss Artmart: Pollock-esque splatters of paint cover its bright-red exterior. Inside, its just as striking. Artists of all disciplines draw from the art superstore’s wealth of supplies and skills to further their next projects. Thousands of colors of paints, pencils, and sculpting materials are in stock here, as well as brushes, easels, canvas and a vast paper selection.
As a locally owned creative marketplace, Artmart has a number of divisions in its store depending on your artistic needs: you can immortalize your pieces and prints at the Framing Center, or stock up on colorful cards, stationery, and decorative paper at the paper boutique. Children as young as three can sign up for the store’s small-group classes, which cover various media including painting, sketching, and sculpting skills. You can be inspired at their Studio which boasts a host of events from fine art adult classes to craft workshops to creative birthday parties.
Off Arsenal Gallery's precision framers preserve diplomas, sports memorabilia, and prints with custom frames, acid-free backing boards, and UV protection to prevent keepsakes from fading. Off Arsenal's veteran framer stocks myriad style offerings to conquer odd jobs and hard-to-frame knickknacks. The shop's sociable, image-focused atmosphere allows customers to feel at ease making special requests for add-ons such as elegant design accents or a custom-fitted wiper blade to protect Employee of the Month headshots.
Unique home-decor items can be an extension of one’s personality. At Rambles, a mix of new and used housewares and gifts allows decorators to find the final touches for any room. While upholstered couches and area rugs can contribute to a home’s overall look, it is Rambles’ more unusual accessories—bottle-cap magnets, framed comic-book memorabilia, and vintage LIFE magazines—that spark up conversations and cover up your pet squid’s ink splatters.
Coverlet queen Jenice and her four-person staff of master quilt-creators lead a patchwork of classes and retreats in a 176-year-old home deemed a local historic landmark. The beginner-adult sewing class teaches novice sewing-machine owners how to properly use their device, and the included materials kit further sets up students with scissors, thread, straight pins, a cushion, a seam ripper, a sewing basket, and a helpful booklet. Equipped with said tools, a fun fabric of their choice, and a saturated noggin sponge, students have everything they need to make two personalized pillowcases during the course of a four-hour session. With a maximum class size of eight students, instructors offer plenty of assistance, providing a cozy blanket of knowledge in response to any questions or confusion. Once students have learned the basics, they can continue to test their sewing mettle with one of Jenice’s personally designed patterns (not included with this Groupon) or peruse The Quilted Garden's impressive collection of antiques, including an uncommon assortment of bedpans and children's humor-proof potty chairs.