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 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 a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Phina's for the Home offers a comprehensive collection that includes everything from bedding sets and decorative home accents to soap and skincare products. Declared best linens in the city by Baltimore magazine in 2007, the luxury linens are far from bulky, but garner the largest chunk of customer attention in the home-décor haven. The tranquil hues and delicate textiles found in the Bliss Living Harmony bedding collection can soften the grinchiest houseguest with peaceful slumber, while the selection of giant-sized tablecloths might help to hide the emergency card-tables erected to accommodate holiday house parties. Prices start around $10 for candles and luxury soaps and can reach into the hundreds for premium linens and bedding.
Amazing Glaze makes it simple for amateur artisans and ceramic virtuosos to produce colorful pottery pieces using a variety of stencils, stamps, and tracing outlines. Start by choosing your desired paint-vessel from a vast selection of more than 400 ceramic compositions ($3–$50), including coffee mugs and dinner plates to adorn kitchens and vases to grow your pet panda's bamboo snacks in. Pick a design from the store's volumes of sample books or enlarge a wallet-sized photo of your homecoming date on the studio's copy machine, select from more than 100 colors, and then create a design for your earthenware masterpiece. For the artistically stymied, on-staff artists will be standing by to assist with the pigmenting process. Glazing, firing, and brilliantly hued paints are included in the $7 per hour studio fee (caps off at $12/day), and polished objects are ready five days later.