In 1979, a job repairing and restoring church windows illuminated Richard Heath's passion for glass art, which is now embodied in his design and teaching studio, Glassique. Working with the church's leaded glass spurred Heath to earn a certificate in the restoration of Tiffany works and delve into other fabrication methods such as fusing and foiling. Thereafter, he opened Glassique's first incarnation in San Diego and announced the event by making the stained-glass sign that still decorates the shop.
Missing family, Heath relocated Glassique to be with his four children in Seattle, settling the business in a 2,000-square-foot showroom with a studio for the creation of original commissions and custom reproductions. He and a small team of artists also hold comprehensive 2-D glass art classes. Heath's intricate commissioned work—including a glass portrait of John Wayne—proves that he thinks big. “We don’t teach little things,” Heath told Maple Leaf Life in 2011. “We teach the real art of stained glass.”
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
Home Cake Decorating Supply caters to serious bakers as well as parents on a mission to make the perfect treats for an upcoming birthday party or school bake sale. With its floor-to-ceiling inventory of sheet cake pans and cupcake supplies, molds in every shape and size and theme, any cake you can dream up can be made and perfected using the gear on offer here. But there’s more than just cake supplies to be found at Home Cake Decorating Supply; cupcake pans, candy making supplies and molds, cookie cutters, frosting tools, sprinkles, wedding cake toppers and candles can be purchased as well. And if your cake needs a little bit of extra flair, vibrant food coloring can help, while Guittard chocolates and assorted decorations seal the deal. For the casual home baker looking to expand their repertoire, there’s even a supply of cookbooks on hand to work through.