The master framers at James L. Pierce have more than thirty years of experience, offering a wide variety of quality commercial and custom hand-finished frames. Notable clientele who have relied on their expert framework include the Baltimore Museum of Art, the C. Grimaldis Gallery, and the American Visionary Art Museum, as well as Hollywood film director John Waters. Prices range from $7 to $300 per square foot (plus glass and usually a minimum of four feet required) for high-end custom frames, ensuring a mount to suit the needs of museum collectors as well those just looking for an excuse to showcase their children's expert finger paintings.
Cloud 9’s sartorial sages drape women and men alike in colorful, layered threads from a plethora of brands, creating youthful, vibrant looks that have earned kudos from Baltimore Magazine. Sunglasses ($20/pair) join body wrappings such as durable denim, kaleidoscopic sundresses, and knotwork tunics that double as fishing nets in case of shipwreck. While offerings vary by location and availability, possibilities include a white AnM tank blooming with rolled fabric roses ($24) and a Tickled Pink floral-patterned, gathered green clutch ($15). Enswathe tigress torsos in a leopard-print Free People tank top ($38), or breeze by in a gauzy Tickled Pink scarf shot through with silvery threads ($22) to ward off vampiric combs.
While studying flute performance and classical dance at the University of Wyoming, Michelle Shaw's endeavors were hampered by constant back pain. She sought relief through massage therapy and yoga, and this holistic care soon developed into a passion, inspiring her to attend the Baltimore School of Massage. She now helps others revel in muscle relief at Mount Vernon Wellness. Within a private treatment room overseen by a serene painting of Buddha, she eases sports- and work-related injuries, which are often caused by repetitive motion, poor posture, and pole-vaulting over cubicles. To treat these ailments, she draws on an array of modalities such as Swedish, deep-tissue, and reflexology massage. She also employs traditional Thai-massage techniques, which incorporate pressure-point therapy, energy work, and yoga-like stretching to regain bodily balance.
The photographers at Clapp Studios categorize their snapshots into two themes: LoveStyle and LifeStyle. LoveStyle shoots capture couples at the height of their romance, flashing the camera as lovebirds get engaged, take their vows, or carve their initials into the side of a police cruiser. Documenting the next stages of couples’ relationships, LifeStyle photos tell the stories of growing families with elegant, tasteful shots of expectant mothers, sleepy-eyed newborns, and grinning children. Clapp Studios also helps keep romance alive with flirtatious boudoir photo shoots, which gussy up subjects beforehand with makeovers from a makeup artist.