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.
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.
For Meredith McCord, looking at a piece of pottery brings back decades worth of memories. McCord started The Mad Potter in 1998, and since those early days, she's used her kiln to immortalize countless special moments. She traveled to hospitals to capture the footprints of newborns, helped a young man create a dessert plate with the words "Will you marry me?" emblazoned across it, and auctioned off items for charity. Yet some of her fondest memories center on the day-to-day interactions with customers, specifically when they return to pick up their fired pieces and utter three words of amazement: "I did that?"
The Mad Potter has since expanded into three Houston-area locations, where children and adults come to paint their own works of art or create replicas of their ancient ancestors' garden gnomes. More than 500 bisqueware items line the shelves of each studio, including coffee mugs, plates, and figurines. Staffers then help visitors select from more than 54 available colors of paint and supply them with everything else they might need, including brushes and stencils. The staff can even take things over and create more intricate designs?while still consulting closely with the customer. Whatever route a person chooses, there's always time for a sip of wine or beer; the River Oaks location sells wine and beer while Bellaire and Woodway maintain a BYOB policy.
Unitech Wireless's electronics experts improve the stability and usability of consumer mobile devices with personal, in-store services. Technicians can breathe new digital life into waning devices by repairing cracked screens, reseating new memory modules, and wiping away smudges left by talkative teenage parakeets. Devices usually find themselves back in owners' palms within a few days with replacement parts from the original manufacturer in lieu of third-party fabricators. Unitech Wireless's associates also provide comprehensive cellular solutions, such as software suites and asset recovery, for those with technology-driven businesses.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.