With a plethora of frame and mat samples, Deck The Walls can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at about $100), dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24"x36" pieces are under $100), and sports jerseys shine (starting at about $300). 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. Deck The Walls' lifetime guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means that your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground, commercial framing facilities.
Customers bring in T-shirts, backpacks, jackets, and other threadable goods to be emblazoned with images ranging from cawing toucans and falling maple leaves to pastoral landscapes and business logos. Identify a polo or baby blanket with its owner's name ($4–$6 per item) in one of nearly 50 fonts, or adorn the entire back of a denim jacket with a majestic elk ($16). If clients are unsatisfied with the overall logo selection, Designer Threads also offers free quotes to have a custom logo digitized for the project. Most items take about a week to complete.
A membership-only retail warehouse with over 600 locations across the country, Sam's Club is able to offer substantial discounts on an array of brand-name products. Sam's Club members often find something surprising in club—with values on anything from designer jewelry to USDA grade A meats to fresh produce. The incredible savings carry through all departments, as a trip through a typical Sam's Club reveals home decor, electronics, and pet supplies. In other aisles, associates hand out samples of featured food items. In-club pharmacies and optical centers fill discounted medications and fit members with eyewear, while a tire and battery center also boasts members-only discounts. Sam's Club gas stations offer fuel savings, and the club's MasterCard has no annual fee and members can earn $300 a year just for filling up.*
Veteran shutterbug Cara Dee Stucke honed her artistic eye in 27 years in the portrait-photography field and today attends annual workshops and seminars to stay abreast of modern techniques. Along with fellow photographer Mark Gilmore, Cara Dee snaps elegant, contemporary shots of weddings, families, and high-school seniors using high-tech equipment such as 21.5-megapixel sensor cameras and light-bending hand claps. Before each photo session, the creative team can proffer wardrobe and makeup consultations, taking time to heed customers' requests for the overall vibe of the shoot.
On-location sessions voyage into the tranquil confines of nature for a romantic ambiance, and shoots in the CaraDee Photography studio allow for edgy, urban-theme photos with self-provided props. Images make their way onto prints of all sizes, emblazoned on top-quality metallic or lustrous papers, custom-created books, and videos replete with music.
The photos we leave behind may be the only way for future generations to see the styles and personalities we bear. That’s why the professional makeup artists and photographers at Glamour Shots strive to capture the true essence of a person with their shoots. Whether commemorating a milestone event or a successful trip to the grocery store, each session begins with the shop’s signature full airbrush and style makeover, which works to prevent unwanted shine while imparting a chic aesthetic. Makeup artists tailor looks to the purpose of the shoot, imparting children with a red-cheeked glow and boudoir subjects with a dark, seductive color palette.
Photographers encourage everyone to bring a few outfits and props from home, allowing them to give each photo shoot an individualized touch without snapping close-ups of their subjects’ fingerprints. Clients get to see the photos immediately so they can approve the looks and order their favorite shots in the form of pictures, phone cases, or calendars. A professional lab then prints out the chosen items using a range of color finishes—including colorization to make one color pop and the company's signature Glamour Touch retouching—onto made-to-last Kodak paper.
A staunch adherent to the do-it-yourself philosophy, Queen City Emporium is a haven for local artisans and independent designers looking to hawk their handmade, one-of-a-kind wares. Curators tend to an ever-changing, frequently updated menagerie of vintage-inspired apparel, distinctive jewelry, and trendy accessories. Items such as Sparkle Candy's vintage Bingo bobby pins ($6) brighten lonely locks with authentic materials and careful craftsmanship, and organic cotton tea towels from Slide Sideways ($18) add a touch of homespun class to tea parties both real and imaginary. Queen City Emporium keeps the DIY spirit alive at the sink as well, with toiletries and soaps like the haupia hand soap from Passion Moon Potions ($4) giving tired mitts the cool relief of coconut cream without the shocked stares and ant bites usually associated with a handful of dessert.