Big Top grew out of founder Alex Tchekmeian’s creative roots in the music industry and band promotion, and its ingenious professionals help clients to focus their T-shirt ideas from hazy daydream to eye-tickling reality. Customers simply strut up to the gleaming shop's red carpet, and a designer sits them down on one of the red mushroom stools surrounding their sleek workstation. Their expertise fine-tunes chest-ornament ideas to match your intentions, whether it is to promote a budding cookie business, find out what you'd look like as an 8-bit Nintendo sprite, or rebrand yourself with a logo that involves more mooses head-butting the sun. Once a design has been rendered, tweaked, and agreed on, clients select a color backdrop from the shop's T-shirt racks, and Big Top marries vision to fabric with its on-site printer and on-site parson.
Big Frog transfers custom and premade designs onto everything from garments and towels to mousepads and flags. Customers tailor textiles to their liking with a large selection of design ideas to jump-start stalled imagination engines, a graphic designer on staff to offer advice, and a range of clothing styles to choose from. Print a picture of your favorite ex-attorney general onto a white cotton T-shirt ($14.99) or a custom apron ($21.99). The shop also stocks illustratable knickknacks such as mousepads ($10.79), coasters ($6), puzzles ($15), and golf towels ($13.99).
Midway through the process of framing a vintage Woodstock ticket and corresponding newspaper article for a customer, owner Brian Smith realized that his original design didn't suit the customer's taste and started over, finally arriving at a striking image that delighted the client. With an artist's intuition, Mr. Smith makes sure that each piece he creates suits each client's style, whether he's framing a sports jersey or a very loyal Roomba. He and his dexterous staff employ handpicked tools, such as float mounting, deckled edges, and high-definition framing, to preserve each piece and help it stand out from its surroundings. Eco-friendly framing options ensure that customers can rest easy, knowing that their wooden frame came directly from a sustainable forest and not a plastic mine.
Glamour Shots made its name as a place where women could be transformed into models and immortalized in photographs. Though makeup, hair, and wardrobe services are still available with each session, Glamour Shots now offers portraiture for individuals of any gender as well as families, children, and houseplants. Unique personalities shine in Glamour Shots?s galleries, which depict everything from children with airbrushed angel wings to women clad in lingerie. Digital images can be transformed into a number of prints and products, including wall art and graduation announcements. Glamour Shots guarantees clients? satisfaction or it will retake portraits without a session fee or exchange poses for a small additional fee within 14 days.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
A self-proclaimed “T-shirt democracy,” Mother Falcon opens up the floodgates of fashion design, digitally printing t-shirts with customized art, graphics, and text. The staffers invite clients to create their own statements with a process that begins with a blank canvas. Customers can bring their own tops, or browse the shop’s selection of blank T-shirts, many of which hail from brands such as Anvil, Bella, and Next Level. Customers then bring in digital files of their own artwork, photos, haiku, or official SAT score reports. Finished pieces emerge hot from the printer in as little as 24 hours.