The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Though many things have changed on Main Street in Newark, Grassroots Handcrafts has remained an institution. The store, which sells a wide range of specialty gifts, such as bath and body products, candles, women’s apparel, kids’ novelty toys, and home decor, has been in business since 1975. It’s still operated by Marilyn Dickey, who gets help from her two daughters, Kristin and Joanna. Delaware Today gave a shout-out to the store, calling its wares “funky, fun, and unusual.”
For more than 25 years, the family who owns and operates Bob's Affordable Carpets has supplied shoppers with flooring for every room in the home. They offer carpets in many patterns and colors, including eco-friendly options with fibers crafted from renewable sources. Shoppers can also peruse gleaming hardwoods, ceramic tiles, and durable vinyl or laminate products. Afterward, the company’s specialists ensure that flooring is properly installed.
Since encasing their first piece of art behind glass in 1977, Framemaker’s professional artists and craftspeople continue to transform each print and photo brought into the shop into an artfully mounted creation. Staffers help your treasured images and memorabilia stand out by using regular and conservation-quality frames, matting, and glass in their framing work. Shoppers can bring in their own pieces to be framed or scoop up new works from Framemaker’s carefully curated assortment of posters, graphic prints, and original art created by local artists and spontaneous fission. The shop’s certified conservator can be found carefully erasing scratches and discoloration from old family photos via digital photo-restoration services. Other services such as shadow-box creation and canvas stretching add a unique spin to image display.
Recently selected as upstate Delaware’s place for Best Home Accessories by Delaware Today magazine, Everything but the Kitchen Sink kits out kitchens, living rooms, and caves with more than 80,000 essential items. Two floors and 15,000 square feet contain enough china, cutlery, and culinary gadgets to feed a massive herd of gourmet-hungry guinea pigs. Impress friends with a pair of Reed & Barton Weston candlesticks ($95/pair), or keep beverages at a ferociously cool temperature with the 8-inch alligator ice scoop from Arthur Court ($25). Fill kitchens with cookware by brands such as Cuisinart, Le Creuset, and Emile Henry or cutlery such as the Kyocera 3-inch paring knife ($25). Le Jacquard table linens seduce diners, and the OXO can opener ($16.50) simultaneously unlocks tuna cans and the hearts of persnickety felines.