Since 1976, Keith and Betty Ketring have been combining their interests in woodworking and fine-art prints by preserving their clientele’s artworks and heirlooms with custom frames. Their inventory of framing materials includes a spectrum of moulding styles—from stark black to ornately carved and gilded—as well as conservation glass and a multitude of colorful mats.
Community Retail Partnership (CRP) was created in the midst of a tough economy as a way to help individuals, community organizations, and small businesses save money. The company partners with major corporations such as Office Depot, offering everyday people discounts on essential supplies and services.
Lifetime CRP memberships with Office Depot include custom invoicing and reporting for small-business convenience, as well as perks such as free next-business-day delivery of in-stock items on orders of $50 or more. Members also receive 40% off Office Depot finishing services such as binding, stapling, and sealing with family-crest-emblazoned wax. The discount card applies not only to select office supplies, but also to specific paper and printer ink, coffee, and break-room items.
Dayton Discount Furniture Warehouse's low-overhead business model of stocking truckloads of name-brand mattresses and furniture directly from manufacturers unites homes with top-quality sleeping surfaces without muss or fuss. Like mint-condition sets of Supreme Court action figures, each fully warranted item in the spacious 4,000-square-foot warehouse arrives fresh in its original packaging, proudly boasting labels from well-known furnishers such as Serta, Lane, and Simmons. Friendly mattress wranglers and chair curators tend to a menagerie of household wares, filling chambers with sturdy, comfortable furnishings and suitable surfaces for putting in eight-hour sleeping shifts.
Cozy Melts intoxicates the mind with the subtle scents of candles and warmers. A line of WoodWick candles make sounds like a crackling fire, whereas 100% soy candles provide a steady burn with a limited environmental impact. For scent lovers with a DIY streak, the shop also runs candle-making classes and offers glass-painting, pottery-making, and paint-your-own pottery sessions that let their creativity shine.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.
A place to get creative in a variety of ways, Cozy Melts Art Workshop has been an artistic destination for Dayton area folks for a decade. Inside the bright studio, visitors can craft handmade scented candles or paint pottery or glass. Choosing from a long list of available scents, visitors make their own container candles at one of the studio's tables, melting the wax, setting the wick, and testing the flame with the help of a fire-breathing dragon. A large number of raw ceramic bisques are available for painting, and customers have a rainbow of glazes, brushes, sponges, and stencils at their disposal.