Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Flash House photographers draw from their impressive portfolios of commercial and personal picture taking as they inscribe holiday memories onto prints and paper greetings. An unrestricted number of family members or snowmen stand-ins don their matching sweaters for a 30- to 60-minute in-studio professional shoot. Image capturing artists utilize cutting edge equipment to emblazon selected grins onto prints and CDs, and retired stamp lickers find effective ways to diminish their stockpiles by sending out 25 greeting cards imprinted with the client's chosen pose. Patrons can choose photo sheets that contain one 8"x10", two 5"x7"s, three 4"x6"s, or eight wallets, and the prints can be of multiple poses.
When PYOP Studio, Inc founder Vaishali Patel learned she was pregnant, she seized the rare opportunity to put her pottery painting skills to a mischievous use. So she picked out a bisque platter, painted the words “You’re going to be a perfect daddy” on its surface, covered it with chocolates, and presented it to her husband while they were picnicking on a lake.
Now, the innovative potter strives to empower budding artists to create their own pottery keepsakes at PYOP Pottery. She provides customers with more than 200 bisque pieces and 50 vibrant paints to choose from, and even helps new parents assemble footprint artwork to preserve memories and prove the existence of feet to their future, segway-powered great-grandchildren. Though her studio encourages customer to explore their own creative potential, on-staff artists are happy to create custom pieces.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
By 1973, Marianne Carus had had enough. Her work as a children’s author brought her face-to-page with writing that failed to challenge kids’ budding intellect or, worse, talked down to its audience. That year, she founded Cricket to address these problems, publishing a magazine that combined educational topics with literary presentation to form what came to be described as “The New Yorker for children.” Still serving as editor-in-chief today, Carus has expanded her stable of periodicals to 14 award-winning magazines that have earned accolades from the Parents' Choice Awards, National Magazine Awards, and International Reading Association. Calibrated for readers aged 9–14, Cricket continues its original mission, connecting kids to the wider world through engaging fiction and nonfiction articles presented by a cast of insect narrators. Appleseeds treats readers aged 7–10 to stories arranged around a central theme, and Ladybug enchants kids aged 3–6 with stories and poems designed to be read aloud, just like a sibling's diary. Magazines arrive at homes nine times a year, with the first issue of most publications making its way to the mailbox in four to six weeks. In addition to physical issues, many subscriptions grant access to online content such as puzzles, games, and contests.
All Tuned Up prepares skis and snowboards for the slopes with custom grinding and waxing treatments. First, an experienced technician inspects the equipment, checking for any minor damage or pine branches stuck to the tip and determining the ideal adjustments. Next, a professional-grade stone-grinding machine flattens the base and engraves one of more than 15 preprogrammed patterns. Designed to help the ski or board glide easier based on current snow conditions, markings range from coarse grinds for navigating wet, heavy courses to a Cosby-sweater motif for boogie dancing through the slalom gates. A ceramic disk completes the base-beveling process, adjusting angles and edges so they carve through surfaces more easily and react to turns promptly and safely. Lastly, All Tuned Up's technicians apply PFC-free Purl wax stolen from a mountain beehive and melt it into place with infrared light. Depending on the amount of service required, tune-ups are usually ready for pickup within 24–48 hours.