At Mark's Mattress Direct, friendly sales folk guide shoppers through no-pressure perusals of the show room's bounty, confident that the store's commitment to same-day delivery and factory-direct, cost-saving techniques speak for themselves. With an arsenal of bedding from trusted brands such as Corsicana and Englander, the inventory caters to the needs of every customer, from the entry-level Burnaby innerspring mattress for the casual napper, to the luxurious Bella pillow top for the more experienced marathon sleeper. Pallets of gel memory foam conform to tired bodies, giving them renewed strength and well-being each morning, while Michigan-made Clare mattresses deliver restful nights of sleep while contributing to the regional economy.
Most popular offering: Painting classes, private parties
Pro Tip: You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
What sets your business apart from your competition?
We offer a fun, relaxed atmosphere with patient instruction. Creativity is encouraged if you want to go a different direction with your painting. Our fine art gallery displays the work of only local artists.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
Engaging art in all aspects in a relaxed, non-intimidating atmosphere. From beginners to the more experienced, I want people to have fun first. Then the things they learn won't feel academic.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Arrive 15 minutes early to find your seat and apron, and be ready to have fun!
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
Proud smiles, and people saying, "I never thought I could do this, but I did. It looks great, and I had fun!"
At House This, keen-eyed staffers help outfit shoppers in distinctive apparel and jewelry and aid them in fulfilling their abodes’ decorative desires. Along with clothing from popular lines such as Hazel, Trinity, 1921 jeans, and Mystree, the shop stocks candles, lamps, mirrors, and furniture. Decorators can spruce up bare walls with framed artwork, prominently display an automobile’s smog-check certificate inside assorted picture frames ($23–$45), or prop up masterpieces in progress on iron easels ($10–$30).
When it relocated in 2011 to Grand Rapids from Grand Haven, its home of more than 25 years, Gallery of Frames brought with it a huge selection of conservation materials. Its team of framers encloses artworks and heirlooms with custom-cut combinations of moulding, mat, and glass. Examples of these skillfully designed frames can be found surrounding pictures of athletes at local Brann's locations, or actual athletes if they’ll just sit still for a minute.
Born in Grand Rapids in 1971, Frames Unlimited has grown across the states by providing personal, creative, and punctual framing services for its aesthetically aspiring customers. The store’s expert resident framers can hang a rectangle around anything from photos to prints to paintings using premium metals; colorful, complementary mats; museum-quality glass; and repurposed tree parts. Though rates for frames range as widely as their focal-pointed subject matter, an average 8.5”x11” complete wood frame starts at around $25, and a standard 11”x14” complete metal frame is available for as low as $48. Whether you're looking to display a favorite old image or encase a family portrait before the kids grow up and forget how to use a photograph, Frames Unlimited has both the materials and the expert, expedient care required.
EZ E-Prints is a family-owned, professional photo-finishing and printing center, specializing in providing high-quality personalized products designed by the customer and refined by a highly skilled technician. By downloading EZ E-Prints' free software customers can combine their cherished digital photos with easy-to-follow templates to design meaningful calendars ($30), single-fold cards ($1.30+ each), business cards ($0.15–$0.35 each), posters ($2.50–$3.75), canvas wraps ($64.99+), and more. Customers have the flexibility to choose their preferred photo finish, color, and font type before entrusting the quality of the final product to a professional finisher who will use his expertise to decipher which red eyes should be removed and which are the natural result of years of selective breeding. Shipping is free for all orders over $20, and all card orders include envelopes to keep your intimate messages safe in the claws of your favorite carrier pigeon or most-trusted taloned mailman. Check out the helpful tutorials to guide you through the design process, and start crafting your personalized prints today.