Populated by designers, printmakers, and multi-discipline artists, the pack at Powerhouse Factories composes prints for musical artists, rock venues, and special events. Customers can express their serious support for guitar strummers and melody makers by purchasing bold, bright gig posters (starting at $20) of artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Passion Pit, Sonic Youth, and Kanye West. All prints are limited editions, ensuring their superiority over mass-produced posters and photocopied napkin renderings. Drawing upon their college experimentation with screen-printed propaganda art, the gig poster gurus also design prints for nationally hyped events such as Lollapalooza, SXSW, and Hurricane Katrina relief benefits ($10–$75). Non-discriminating audiophiles can opt for the Mystery Tube, an individually painted cylinder of surprise, which comes jam-packed with five random prints from the archives ($20). Powerhouse Factories outfits their fans in comfy tees and hoodies ($20-$25), whose bright colors, graphic prints, and cozy cottons provide a level of stylish comfort normally only associated with slim-fitting sleeping bags.
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.
Laurie specializes in capturing radiant photos of newborns, small children, and high schoolers in need of senior pictures. For 60 minutes ($75 value), Laurie's hands, eyes, and camera will set aside their differences to carefully snap high-resolution images of you or a loved one, treating each shot as a piece of art. After you select your three favorite poses, Laurie will arrange them into one custom-matted storyboard collage ($364 value). The background mat can be colored to coordinate with your outfits or a scenic backdrop of exploding zeppelins. Call to schedule your appointment.
Glory Years's memory preservationists transfer media from outdated formats onto DVDs. Specializing in sports media, the film gurus ably preserve action shots of any variety, from recordings of last weekend's swim meet to games featuring Mike Ditka, Joe Namath, and other stars before they were famous. An online database of high-school sports, organized by school and coach, help graduates relive favorite games years later and prove once and for all that the mascot and the quarterback were the same person. The shop also transfers heirloom slides to DVD to abolish the need for projectors and converts 8 mm or 16 mm home-movie reels for easy viewing. Glory Years's team can even repair VHS tapes with broken reels before transferring them to DVD.