In June 2010, after a late-night session of painting, drinking, and generally rousting about with a group of friends, magazine editor Michael M. Clements found himself pondering an unshakeable question: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could do this at a bar?” The seeds of ArtJamz sprouted almost immediately into a traveling party, where the caterers brought not only beer and wine but also all-you-can-paint palettes, for-sale blank canvases, and invaluable artistic expertise. In the two years since that fateful, paint-spattered night, ArtJamz has become a citywide phenomenon, organizing collaborative events with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and finally realizing the founding fathers’ vision of a tie-dyed capitol building.
Although these creative enablers still operate pop-up events at galleries and retail spaces across D.C., the brand-new, 1,800-square-foot permanent studio in Dupont Circle has an open-house policy to enable paint parties seven days a week. Freestyle paint sessions and classes are offered, charging separatley for studio time, canvas, and drinks. Day hours keep artists aged 5–18 in mind, whereas nightly sessions feature beer, wine, and creative cocktails for the 21+ set. More than 32 distinct colors await inspired brushes, and the walls of the cozy venue are fair game for a fresh coat. A trained staff is always on hand to offer advice if needed or requested, and to make sure nobody loses an ear.
Sleek hardwood floors. An earth-toned tile backsplash. A stone fireplace that matches the stone floor of a refinished basement. These are just a few of the many customized remodeling options that Lofft Construction Inc. offers up to its customers. It does so by working directly with architects and each client to design new additions, update a kitchen, or make a basement a livable space for the family members who aren't ghosts.
The approach has paid off. In addition to making customers happy, the company has racked up awards, including the COTY Contractor of the Year Award in 2009, 2011, and 2013. It also gives back to the community, donating unused building materials to Habitat for Humanity and hosting meal nights to feed those without homes.
Dig your shoebox of family photos out of its hole in the backyard and bring it into Penn Camera to take advantage of the store's myriad digital-imaging services. Penn Camera can scan uncut rolls of 35 mm film onto a CD in standard resolution ($7.99) or high resolution ($13.99), or just scan individual images in standard ($1.99) or high ($4.99) resolution. Archive your scanned images to CD ($2.99) or DVD ($4.99) for your listening, viewing, and smelling pleasure. Assemble the photos from your frame-by-frame remake of Weekend at Bernie's 2 into a DVD slideshow ($14.99), complete with graphics and music, or restore pictures ($34.99+) damaged by renegade sprinkler systems. Penn Camera also offers numerous printing services—order wallet-sized reprints from digital files ($0.29 each for 49 or fewer reprints and $0.19 each for 50 or more reprints, along with a $2.99 handling fee), or create a 16x20 poster print ($19.99) of your photo of the Mona Lisa. Be sure to check online to see a full list of services available to you.
Moving into a brand-new space is like purchasing 10 bags of vegetables at a farmer's market: if you don't know what you're going to do next, your efforts will rot like a 10-month-old banana abandoned in the pantry. Red House can help. Catering to young professionals, they specialize in creating contemporary and comfortable living arrangements and have experience working with all types of spaces, from cabins to condominiums. Owner Lyric Turner's expertise as a real-estate agent prompted her to launch the creative consulting service, and either she or a member of her team will devote special time to your special place. Buy an extra one for a passive-aggressive gift for a friend who still lives like a college student or your boyfriend who still sleeps on the floor.
The staffers at The Frame Shop, KH Art Lorton, and Art & Framing Studio of Kingstowne stock top-quality Larson-Juhl moldings in a spectrum of thicknesses, materials, and colors. To fit mats to these frames, the staffers cut them with precise tools such as Wizard International machines and dangerously sharp yardsticks. Their techniques include cutting v-grooves into mats and matching eye-catching glass with eco-friendly framing materials.
The aestheticians at Skin Body Lounge, deemed Best Day Spa by the 2011 LA Hotlist, aim to even skin tones, mitigate blemishes, and evict unsightly fuzz with noninvasive skincare and hair-removal services. During full-face photo-rejuvenation, nonablative lasers emit concentrated light to target specific skin pigments—including dark spots left over from acne scarring or convincing dalmatian costumes—stimulating collagen and oxygen production to destroy unwanted bacteria and leave skin radiant. Pulsed-light hair removal, Epilar biochemical solutions, and waxing services strip wayward strands. Those looking to lose inches and smooth cellulite can enlist treatments such as detoxifying body wraps and electronic muscle stimulation. Results-oriented facials are customized to the unique needs of each visage, and microdermabrasion sloughs away dead cells to improve skin tone and texture. Airbrush tanning and makeup services get clients suited up for an evening out more effectively than wearing a cutout of the Hulk's face.