In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Inspired and informed by her time spent in Rio de Janeiro, owner Carolyn Maloney takes care in selecting stylish jewelry, decorative home accessories, fun hooks and knobs, vibrant lighting fixtures and candle holders, and beautiful textiles that will elegantly samba through your home and bossa nova in your wardrobe. Give a room a warm glow with a vintage cowgirl candle ($18), or let your collarbones glow with a glam six-strand necklace ($24). For an addition to your home that will never forget to brush its teeth, pick up a shabby chic bird vanity mirror, made with special glass that adapts to whatever room it inhabits ($32).
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Formerly Knock-on-Wood, Hunter Home Furnishings has provided furniture and accessories for any room for more than 32 years. Customers can wander around the 13,000-square-foot showroom and select from an impressive array of dining sets, sofas, beds, and presidential crypts. A stately drop leaf table from Simply Amish provides ample surface to rest a Crystal Pepsi (many four-piece dining sets start at $299), while sturdy and comfortable beds from the likes of Crownmark, Aspen, and Modus provide a soft surface to put Crystal Pepsis to bed (mattress-pad protectors start at $89). Solid-wood dining chairs ($59 and up), bonded-leather square storage ottomans ($79 and up) and barstools ($79 and up) also grace the massive showroom with their charm and good looks. Experienced delivery professionals can be hired to hoist furniture overhead like participants in a traditional wedding procession parading the ceremonial wedding mop through town.
Showcasing more than 14,000 square feet of pre-owned prized possessions, Casa de los Niños Thrift Store offers value-conscious customers a wealth of gently worn wearables, as well as hand-me-down sporting goods, toys, housewares, electronics, furniture, and more. Spiffy suits for men start at $6, women can gather dresses and other graceful garments for around $5, and jeans keep the whole family from accidental exhibitionism starting at $3 per pair. Though the selection is ever rotating, customers can expect to regularly uncover forgotten treasures such as good-as-new sporting goods, long-lost favorite books and records, and stuffed animals boasting an impressive resume of past tea-party experience. Small and large appliances, including TVs and stereos, can be regularly snagged in still-working order, as sofas, chairs, and end tables await to fill the void in an empty living room's otherwise idyllic life.