In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
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 do 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 favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Sleep Outfitters' savvy sleep experts help slumber lovers find peaceful shuteye with a wide selection of name brand mattresses. Adroit sleep Sherpas lead bedtime cravers round the mountains of Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, pausing to take in cushions of solid foam, bouncing innersprings, and a conspicuous lack of "Smoke On the Water" beds. Rest your noggin on a Serta Memory Foam queen-size mattress set ($597), or repose your tired torso on a Simmons Beautyrest Classic Plush queen-size mattress set ($1,199). Once somnolent souls have selected a mattress on which to paint their dreamscapes, they can opt into Sleep Outfitters' five-star delivery service, where burly mattress gods deliver and set up mattresses and remove old bedding. Indecisive catnappers enjoy the comforts of the 30-night comfort guarantee that permits two fortnights in which to decide if the right choice was made, ensuring hibernating humans won't be left with nightmares starring jilted futons and vengeful box springs.
With a variegated arsenal of fabrics disbursed by the yard, Making Ends Meet boasts three floors worth of woven offerings and pigmented patterns. Intrepid quilting-square seekers can pick up textiles crafted from everything from cotton to silk. Outdoor fabrics such as Duralee Fabric Sealife ($14 / yd.) blanket patio pillows or yacht-top furniture in a colorful oceanic motif, while Robert Allen Floral Branches ($19 / yd.) adds a delicate, silky touch to living rooms, kitchens, or pampered hamster habitats. The shop's militia of seam-happy staffers helps burgeoning upholsterers find the perfect fabric or handmade decorative tassel ($25–$37.50) to suit any couch cover or flea-circus tent.
Every July, a crowd of people and horses press down the lush grasses of Kentucky Horse Park. The occasion is BreyerFest, a model-horse festival hosted by Breyer Animal Creations (known for purveying handcrafted model horses). Equine enthusiasts funnel into the park and disperse across the grounds to participate in a daily array of family-oriented activities. Aside from more than 40 live-horse exhibitions, attractions include crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, face-painting booths, and a magic show. Each year's festival is marked by a theme that influences the breed and origin of the horses on display.
Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Frame Outlet's image wranglers know how to tackle any custom-framing project. Custom-built shadow boxes in colors from black to gold protect collectibles such as war medals, baseballs, or Tom Selleck's mustache. After selecting a suitable frame, a skilled specialist can help select a matte that adds extra oomph to the keepsake in question. Frame Outlet also carries a variety of premade frames, which can quickly make any room stand out like a mouthful of braces at prom.