A small, contemporary frame shop nestled in the West Loop, CMM Framing strives to offer custom framing solutions for clients ranging from artists and designers to galleries and corporate customers. The shop's framing experts each boast several years of experience and prefer to personally oversee and control the quality of individual projects from beginning to end. With hundreds of frame and mat samples on hand, they cater to individual tastes with custom creations, all the while preserving flat mementos—such as drawings, paintings, or trophies that were accidentally dropped in front of a steamroller—within 99% acid-free archival materials. Customers can browse an online gallery of past products to gain ideas, catching glimpses of eye-popping Peter Max–esque prints expertly framed against dark, glossy wood or understated crème-colored backgrounds.
Northwestern Cutlery's knife-sharpening tools have refined kitchen knives' razor-sharp edges for more than 50 years. Though the shop started as a knife sharpener for local packing houses and delis, it now also offers professional and amateur chefs hard-to-find cooking gadgets from brands such as Le Creuset and OXO.
These plant- and mineral-based Green Planet Paints contain no lead or noxious volatile organic compounds but are just as durable and vibrant as the typical can of paint. Choose from colors such as Neptune (bright blue), Juniper (forest green), Grenadine (dark red), Nutmeg (light brown) and Autumn (crunchy leaf with a touch of compost).
Free delivery. Five-year guarantee with each product. Handcrafted pieces inspired by a distinguished roster of designers such as Eileen Gray and Arne Jacobsen. These are just a few of the perks of shopping at Infurn, a European furniture emporium that vends décor at 50-75% off retail prices. Determined to exceed each customer’s expectations, Infurn stocks its virtual shelves with appealingly modern items such as two-tier Monte Carlo sofas and Romeo Moon suspension lights, ensuring its customers a one-of-a-kind backdrop in their homes or well-appointed treehouses.
Whether snapping photos at popular parks and street spots or creating portraits at his hilltop studio overlooking Lake Travis, Bruce Covill attacks his craft with a keen photojournalistic focus. The results are images bursting with true-to-life human emotion, free from staged smiles and ridiculous, oversized foam props. Couples celebrate the day they first pledged their hands in marriage to each other with engagement photos, or immortalize their wedding day with posed and candid portraits. Senior pictures freeze in time the vibrant youth and budding potential of a young scholar, while family portraits capture the love between parents, children, siblings, and pets.