In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s showroom. Pick up a Cubit ottoman in mocha, and then use it to accent your book club's discussion of Lego Star Wars. Ashley Furniture's wide selection of tables includes the Anton pub table, which comes with four modern barstools, and the 24-inch Carlyle swivel bar stools ($88.99), which provide rotating vantage points for libation lovers. Matrix accent chairs basking in the glow of Mable antique gold lamps ($78.99) charm empty corners with their modern faux-leather finishes. Sleep-supporting Allendale sofas made from genuine leather ($998.99) and Key Town queen poster canopy beds ($798.99) help insomniacs to catch some z’s without bobbing in alphabet soup.
The owners at Purpose Thrift Boutique set out to create a boutique-style shop with low, thrift-store prices. They do so with a curated collection of used furniture, clothing, jewelry, and home decor. But their goal isn't to simply spread gently used fashions and style, they also give back to their community. They donate a portion of their proceeds to local charities, including Happily Ever After League, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and Make a Way for Families.