When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
Although most chefs have their own unique style of peeling, dicing, and julienning veggies, they all have one thing in common: they each require precise, sharp knives. At Excalibur Cutlery and Gifts, the staff ensures that tools remain as close to their factory condition as possible. During sharpening services, a water-cooled belt system and buffing wheels restore a piercing blade while removing a minimal amount of steel. They can sharpen kitchen, pocket, and hunting knives, as well as dull scissors and razors.
The shop also stocks premium models of nearly every edge they sharpen. The cutlery department stocks German-made Wusthof and Henckels, Swiss-made Forschner, and Oregon-grown Kershaw knives. Ideal for camping trips, pocket knives come in both blade and multitool varieties. More genteel wares include manicure sets and old-fashioned shaving kits. Excalibur also boasts a collection of swords for the collector or CEO whose business suit needs extra panache.
At My Little Children, parents discover a variety of new and lightly used treasures from such brands as Gymboree, Gap, and The Children’s Place, dressing their progeny in comfortable duds while keeping them occupied for hours with fun gadgets and whatchamacallits. A quality-controlling set of consignment guidelines ensures each item is spotlessly clean and meets the famously discriminating tastes in style held by all toddlers. Kids romp in colorful threads, aided in their playtime by the shop's ample collection of toys as parents stock up on strollers, highchairs, and kids' furniture.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Easily identified by her mop of shimmering blond hair and cheerful smile, Lisa Olson is one of the five specialists you’ll find at the sunny Solar Beach Tanning salon. The licensed cosmetologist extends her expertise toward a variety of beautifying services, including professional haircuts, glamorous manicures, and radiant spray tans. Lisa can remove unwanted fuzz with waxing treatments and lengthen locks with quality Babe hair extensions.
Greer Gardens’ 14-acre property grows more than 4,500 plants, which its dedicated green thumbs cultivate and ship to clients across the country all year round. In addition to its ample supply of flowering trees, maples, perennials, ferns, and shrubs, Greer specializes in both standard and hybrid varieties of rhododendrons.