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.
Laci’s PhotoBooth preserves memories in the form of unlimited 2”x6” photos and digital galleries at weddings, birthday parties, and galas. A magnet for partygoers, the photo booth lures them into its portable studio to don novelty props as they pose for a photo, which is printed on the spot, archived on a CD, and collected in an online gallery. To further capture the spirit of an event, hosts can customize the photos with logos or messages—such as their name and the date of the event. Some of the booths boast VideoBooth technology, which not only snaps photos, but records video footage of attendees congratulating the newlyweds, wishing the guest of honor a happy birthday, or laying down a impenetrable alibi. A dutiful attendant accompanies every booth to set it up and stand by for the duration of the event to assist with pictures and props.
Every morning, Liberty Edwards—a wife, mother, photographer, and business owner—hurries to smudge on some eyeshadow as she rushes her brood out the door. She understands the difficulty most women face in making time for themselves, and the many ways in which this can hurt their self-confidence. Armed only with her camera and heaps of inspiration, she created Liberty Edwards Photographer to help hardworking women rediscover their sensuality and beauty.
Today, she helps her subjects capture romance with boudoir, glamour, and engagement photography. To assist with this, her on-staff hair and makeup specialist treats guests to a complete makeover before each shoot. Whether she's snapping formal portraits or candid shots during girls’-night-out parties, Liberty strives to help each subject's inner and outer beauty shine through, a skill that earned her services a place in The Knot’s 2012 Best of Weddings list.
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.
Shanea Favre's foray into photography began as an admirer. She appreciated a snapshot's ability to freeze a moment in time for all posterity. As soon as she got behind the camera, she knew instantly it would become her career. Now the owner of An Inspired Portrait, she gets to spend her days capturing memories for others in her studio or at a location of her clients' choice. She shoots images in crystal-clear high-resolution during sessions for families, children, couples, and moms-to-be. With the same passion and attention to detail, she also photographs major life milestones, such as weddings or a baby's first triple Lutz.