Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts—who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands—consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
The family-friendly environment at Allegro Violin and Music offers a large selection of violins to suit each individual, which works out well because the violin has been hard at work producing quality sound in a manner that music instructors find easy to share with students. Kids can trade in violins to accommodate growth without any additional cost, and players of all levels can buy or rent violas, cellos, and upright bass instruments, in addition to violins. Students can also stock up on necessary accessories, from music stands and strings to clamp-on electronic tuners.
Mimi’s Alterations’ skilled seamstress draws on more than 30 years of garment-alteration experience to adjust duds with speedy service and a keen eye for detail. The handy needle wielder expediently hems jeans ($20) and lined slacks ($30), renovates skirt waists ($35), and shortens jacket sleeves ($30), putting finely chiseled carpal muscles on display to intimidate rival grocery shoppers. Suit backs with spare material at the seams can be let out or taken in ($45), and dress lengths can diminish ($35 with lining, $30 without) to flatter physiques of any stature. The experienced clothier, adroit at altering gowns and formal attire, has been known to create wedding dresses from scratch or from melted marshmallows, and brides-to-be can call upon the shop’s nuptial-attire-adjustment capabilities by applying today’s Groupon toward the full cost of wedding-dress alterations.
A team of experienced instructors at The Lotus Seed leads yoga classes for students at all levels of expertise, including sessions for children. Other courses range from Warrior yoga to introductory belly dancing and spinning. The studio was founded to help bring yoga to a broader audience within the community, and it has partnered with groups such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) program, Portland State University, and others.