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.
Not everybody becomes what they wanted to be when they were in kindergarten. But some, like Mirabella Boutique owner Barbi Dewitt, do thanks to a passion for their vision. Determined to be in the fashion industry from a young age, Dewitt followed through by first becoming a merchandising manager for Ralph Lauren, then by opening her own boutique. At Mirabella, she stocks the shelves with items from both private labels and renowned designers that are handpicked by her, her staff, and a team of stylish woodland creatures. She seeks out the latest trends such as comfy maxi skirts and floral tank tops, pairing them with accessories including scarves, earrings, and statement necklaces.
At the Springboro outpost of the Merle Norman franchise, beauty consultants tailor recommendations to every client after a free skin assessment. Through this careful analysis, they can identify both cosmetic and cleansing products to address issues such as acne, aging, and ears that keep sliding down. They can also teach clients how to apply these products with makeover sessions. Beyond aesthetic products, the Springboro location carries accessories from lines such as Vera Bradley.
Alley's obliging staff enhances the art-collecting experience, whether you frequent fine-art auctions or fancy half-finished needlepoint work. With this deal, you’ll get expert custom framing on anything from your personal artwork to cherished sports memorabilia (most framing costs $75–$250). Alley’s framing services include needlepoint-art stretching, creative matting, and shadowboxes. Alley stocks hundreds of frames and mat samples to accommodate personal tastes, and will work with you throughout the design process to create a framed tour de force. All of Alley’s materials are created in-house and are of archival quality to ensure heirlooms enter the future unscathed.
Balloons Galore & Gifts boasts an array of gift items, gourmet foods, and colorful balloon bouquets fit for commemorating any occasion. The You’re Still the One singing balloon expresses undying love ($14.99), and themed gift baskets such as the Ohio Proud basket ($52.99) or chocolate rose basket ($25.99) serve as a tasty alternative to flowers. Along with a variety of balloon basket options, the 3-foot hot air balloon basket is filled with chocolate chip cookies and truffles, floats for up to three months, and gives bored action figures the chance to experience the sensation of parachuting. Customized gift baskets are available upon request.
Easy as A-B-C, the artists behind Life in Letters craft custom photographic gifts available both in their shop and online. Over the years, they've amassed a vast collection of black-and-white photos of common objects and sights that resemble letters—such as arches, golf balls, fences, and palm trees—which they assemble into meaningful words, such as love, laugh, family, and nihilism. Once customers have chosen their word and selected each letter, they can have their piece matted and framed to suit their own decor or that of a loved one. The photographers also share their skills with aspiring shutterbugs during regular introductory photography classes.