For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
The Groneck Photographix story began in 2006, when seasoned graphic design artist Michael Groneck started performing digital preservation services out of his home. Today, Michael is joined by a staff of fellow graphic artists at his own shop—a cheerful little store, where photographs of local sports teams and landmarks speckle the walls. Michael and his staff provide a variety of photo-restoration and digital transfer services, while extending their design expertise to create a variety of professional brochures, signs, and business cards. A seasoned shutterbug, Michael also snaps photos at local events, sports games, and Elvis sightings.
Populated by designers, printmakers, and multi-discipline artists, the pack at Powerhouse Factories composes prints for musical artists, rock venues, and special events. Customers can express their serious support for guitar strummers and melody makers by purchasing bold, bright gig posters (starting at $20) of artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Sonic Youth, and Kanye West. All prints are limited editions, ensuring their superiority over mass-produced posters and photocopied napkin renderings. Drawing upon their college experimentation with screen-printed propaganda art, the gig poster gurus also design prints for nationally hyped events such as Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Hurricane Katrina relief benefits ($10–$75). Non-discriminating audiophiles can opt for the Mystery Tube, an individually painted cylinder of surprise, which comes jam-packed with five random prints from the archives ($20). Powerhouse Factories outfits their fans in comfy tees and hoodies ($20-$25), whose bright colors, graphic prints, and cozy cottons provide a level of stylish comfort normally only associated with slim-fitting sleeping bags.
Dannie and Renee Moore not only work well together as husband and wife, but also as photographers. While Renee is partial to fine art photographs, Dannie prefers a grittier, more documentary style. Together, they fuse their aesthetics to form a style that balances Renee's compositional talents with Dannie's penchant for natural looking poses. Every Dream Moore Photography session, including on-location portraits, results in an online gallery, where patrons can view their shots and order prints of their favorites. Weddings even include a USB of digital images, plus optional a la carte services, such as bridal portraits and flush mount photo albums.
Glory Years's memory preservationists transfer media from outdated formats onto DVDs. Specializing in sports media, the film gurus ably preserve action shots of any variety, from recordings of last weekend's swim meet to games featuring Mike Ditka, Joe Namath, and other stars before they were famous. An online database of high-school sports, organized by school and coach, help graduates relive favorite games years later and prove once and for all that the mascot and the quarterback were the same person. The shop also transfers heirloom slides to DVD to abolish the need for projectors and converts 8 mm or 16 mm home-movie reels for easy viewing. Glory Years's team can even repair VHS tapes with broken reels before transferring them to DVD.