Since 1999, Tadporters has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors, including fine artists, professional photographers, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Owner and famed framer Michael D. Johnson is a perfectionist, treating each frame as an equally important soul mate to the art, picture, or document it surrounds. Recent grads can honor four years of hard work or hard liquor by accentuating their diploma in a frame of simple design starting at $100. A favored piece of art or Burton Gilliam photograph can be sealed in a chic border from $150 to $250, depending on the size, and a worthy sports jersey can get a spiffy frame job for under $350.
At Key to Life Photography, a professional photographer immortalizes clients' precious moments through on-location shoots. She channels a lifelong love of photography into extensive wedding packages and portrait sessions, providing glossy prints and edited digital images of the occasions.
Helmed by a friendly, dedicated artist, the online emporium of personalized products bursts with a bevy of colorful invitations, stationery, address labels, and more. Employing whimsically unpredictable color combos and customized lettering, the crafty creator fashions distinctive items for a dizzying array of occasions, from informal birthday parties to elegant parrot weddings. Karaoke-inclined hosts can prepare guests for crooned versions of "Old MacDonald" with popstar invitations ($3 each; minimum order of 25). Apple slice note pads make fruit an omnipresent grocery-list item ($30 for four), and the brightly shaded personalized growth chart ($75) plots the progress of your child's or pet goldfish’s vertical climb up to 7 feet. Aspiring card architects can upload their own family photos or poorly scanned tax returns onto a 12-pack of colorful classic photo cards ($38).
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Each locale's packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best using one of a full range of UPS shipping options, including next day air, ground, and international shipping. For those tired of the unwashable ink stains and toxic silver fumes that result from door-to-door printing presses, this Groupon can also be used toward any of The UPS Store's printing services, which include color and black-and-white copying, digital printing, and brochure and business-card production.
Avowal founder Wes Leyshon doesn’t compromise in his Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail that is sonic perfection. Since establishing Avowal in 2006, Leyshon has used state-of-the-art equipment and an ear that would make a noctuid moth jealous to mix and master music for the likes of Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin and American Idol’s David Cook (winner of season 7) and Katharine McPhee. More recently, his mix of 16 Frames’ “I’ll Be Better When You’re Gone” was used in the season five finale of MTV’s The Hills. After your 60 minutes on the mic ($35–$60) are up, Avowal’s engineers will fiddle with frequencies and dabble in dynamics as they mix together ($75) and master ($35) the best takes—creating a tangible record of your vocal cords’ vibrations that you can then sneak into the bins of your local record store.
Garner Picture Framing has housed three generations of sharp-eyed picture whisperers, and its vast inventory and collective wealth of experience ensure your pictures, posters, and Picassos will be encased in a high-quality, pulchritudinous frame. Bring your art or picture with you to facilitate an ideal frame-paper union, then browse the shop's more than 1,200 samples, ranging from the quietly rustic reclaimed wood to blingy 22-karat mouldings and frames made of liquid nitrogen. Prices vary according to the frame and ornamental moulding, but customers can find appropriate dressings for 24"x36" posters ($8/ft. mouldings), 16"x20" paintings ($18/ft. mouldings), or 11"x14" photographs ($8/ft. mouldings)—all matted and framed for $125 or less.