With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Beyond Paradise Nursery spreads scores of succulents, shrubs, flowers, palm trees, and other seasonal plants across its spacious 3-acre facility. Homeowners can fill empty spaces with long-lasting blooms such as 3-gallon Double Knock Out roses ($20), or let the colorful petals of a 3-gallon loropetalum ($16) cheer up a lonely lawn ornament. Encore azaleas ($25 for a 3-gal.) turn their vibrant faces toward driveways and porches; the blossoms of Little John bottlebrushes ($20 for a 3-gal.) blow in the breeze like miniature pom-poms. During the holiday season, a variety of poinsettias will also be available.
Outdoor Homescapes of Houston's designers transform the classic picket fenced yard into luxurious living space. They dream up outdoor living spaces, covered outdoor kitchens, porches and patios, and fireplaces, all tailored to work in harmony with the pre-existing home. The designers visit homes and consult with owners to get the juices flowing, then deliver 3D-renderings of what a remodeled yard could look like. To help convey their full vision, they even set up an online, graphical tour with live blue prints. Keeping homeowners from feeling overwhelmed, the designers break down their drawings into practical steps, allowing clients to complete their ideal backyard through a series of smaller projects.
Model Home Furniture—begun in 1995 as a supplier of furnishings for picture-perfect model homes—later expanded to making the same photogenic furniture fill the public's lived-in lairs. Shepherds corral new and gently used items into the spacious show room, ranging from queen-size beds to dressers with drawers big enough to contain a siege of rapidly growing chia pets. With sets crafted for bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, and dining areas, Model Home Furniture's designs can furnish one room or match an entire home's décor, eliminating the need to paint everything solid black or teach every cuckoo clock to sing in four-part harmony.
A charter member of the MLS, the San Jose Earthquakes played their first four seasons as the Clash before claiming the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003. Though the team moved to Houston in '05, the franchise was reinstated in '08, bringing professional soccer back to the Bay Area. Buck Shaw Stadium serves as the team's current home, though a new stadium will shoot skyward in 2014, complete with luxury suites for fans and exhausted referees alike.