With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
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.
Led by Tom and Donna Otis, Fast Frame Charlottesville's friendly staffers outfit pictures and beautifies abodes with ensembles that turn two-dimensional keepsakes into multidimensional treasures. With a vast selection of borders, Fast Frame tastefully accents pictures of cherished memories, safely preserves and displays sports memorabilia, and even frames flat-screen TVs so they can't leave the living room to go chill with the microwave. Under Fast Frame’s Preservation Plus program, frame craftsmen sequester artwork in an acid-free environment and use framing designed to save artifacts from UV light, ensuring that they retain their luster throughout their display and that they are safe for future removal.
Greek Gear, which was featured on CNBC's The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, slaps sorority and fraternity letters and crests on a multitude of merchandise, including sweatshirts, hats, bags, and more. After browsing through nearly 9,000 products, members of societies can customize bags and shirts with screen-print graphics, such as a sorority slogan or a sun smoking a cigar, or purchase a premade item. A mirrored Greek paddle ($44.95) allows for easy navigation of rivers, a pair of Toegoz flip-flops($19.95) keeps feet glass-free, and a classic bowling shirt ($45.95) provides a sense of togetherness when throwing balls at pins or challenging the other team to a handsome contest.
Award-winning FotoBridge offers a convenient way to preserve aging photographs in a permanent digital format with a simple three-step process. Print packages are available for 250 to 10,000 photos ($44.95–$989.95), enabling shutterbugs to convert cherished memories and artsy appliance portraits to a digital format (a $44.95 value). After photos are mailed to FotoBridge’s studios, skilled image wizards will carefully scan prints into a secure JPEG format with Intelligent Digital Finishing, which enhances color, sharpens contrast, and removes red-eye caused by camera flashes and acute hot-sauce ingestion. Once snapshots have been scanned and edited, they'll be stored on a DVD and on reduced-size, web-ready files. All packages include free return shipping within the United States.