Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
The experts at Nigosian Rug Company, which opened its doors more than 40 years ago, maintain quality floor décor with skillful repair, cleaning, and appraisal services. In the store, technicians stitch, patch, and weave worn rugs, saving floors the embarrassment of donning ill-fitting toupees (a $50 minimum). Customers can also drop rugs off at Nigosian Rug Company and let the store's resident pile prodigies scrub away grunge and stains (a $50 minimum). Expert appraisers inspect floor coverings to determine their values (a $75 minimum), deftly distinguishing between antique oriental rugs and week-old tortillas that fell under the dinner table.
During the 39th Annual All Depression and Era Glass Show & Sale, more than 20 dealers of American-made glassware from the 1920s–‘60s will hawk their wares in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, filling the hall with their light-catching, colorful collections. Tinted in every color of the rainbow, Depression glass livens kitchens with cheery hues, tempts collectors with rare shades, and repels bulls when places in china shops. Pyrex and green Jadeite from the ‘40s–‘60s treat eyes to intricate nostalgia, and elegant glass adds a refined touch to shelves and dinnerware collections. Though not covered by today’s Groupon, desired items sail into shopping bags for as little as a few dollars per piece, and hourly door-prize drawings add an element of suspense rivaled only by the convention’s blindfolded goblet juggler.
Exo's talented staffers beautify clients from head to toe with a full menu of grooming services. During the shellac manicure (a $35 value), nail technicians buff finger shingles to a dazzling sparkle before brushing on CND shellac color. The high-tech lacquer lasts up to two weeks with a glistening mirror finish, which dries instantly under the onslaught of British knock-knock jokes. This option also grants wrist mitts a thorough mollycoddling with a moisturizing paraffin dip treatment, which also includes exfoliation to force has-been skin cells into retirement.
Family owned and operated since 1924, Detroit Hardware Co. bolsters do-it-yourself home projects with an inventory of hardware, tools, and landscaping supplies. Handy men and women circulate tool-lined thoroughfares, picking up new garden tools ($2.99–$125) to beautify landscapes or new hammers ($4.99+) to pound nails or lumpy pancakes. Cast-iron cookware ($12.99+) heats heavy-duty meals, just as roasters ($12.99+) and bake ware ($4.99–$18.99) simmer savory dishes for holiday dining. As patrons tackle weekend to-do lists, friendly keysmiths stand by ready to replicate keys ($1–$4) for new roommates or encrypted computer files.
Whether she’s snapping shots of Lil Wayne’s sparkling grin, the urban landscape of Detroit, or the Arab American National Museum, photographer Asia Hamilton inspires people to view the world from a new perspective. Her photography raises awareness on issues of waste and consumption, and strives to unmask the beauty hidden in a cityscape.
When she’s not on a globetrotting, eye-opening adventure, she’s teaching aspiring photographers at her studio, Nozomi Live Photography & Design. She demystifies photography concepts such as lighting and composition before taking shutterbugs out on urban excursions, where they can practice techniques in the bustling city. She helps her protégés feel more comfortable using their cameras’ manual settings, making the picture-snapping devices feel like an extension of their bodies without duct tape or cybernetic surgery.