With shows throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, Lisa Nelson collaborates with clients to create customer-designed pieces of wearable art ($30–$60 each), fashioned from sterling silver, copper, brass, and gold fill and hand stamped with words and symbols. Celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or first skydiving date with a necklace, bracelet, or pair of lucky ear parachutes bearing amulets in an array of possible shapes and sizes. Once you've selected the base for your body garnish, Lisa will adorn your chosen piece with a name, a pair of names, or a favorite quotation from A Tale of Two Cities. Popular stamps are always on hand to spark inspiration. Call to arrange an in-studio visit to peruse current offerings or craft a signature work.
The seasoned racers at Right Fit Running know the mechanics of an excellent stride, the structure of sneakers, and the joys and trials of pounding the pavement. As runners themselves, they're fit to equip fellow athletes with shoes, apparel, and gear that enhance performance. When runners need new shoes, sales associates begin by evaluating foot shape and pronation. When runners want to scale up from half marathons to full marathons, the experts suggest energy supplements and performance-enhancing gear, such as compression socks and jet packs.
Within his private studio, Professional Picture Framing Association member Joe Weinbeck handcrafts elegant frames to protect oil paintings and prints. Equipped with conservation framing know-how and hundreds of frames from six different suppliers, Joe introduces artwork to new habitats that shelter the pieces from harmful UV rays and hostile eye contact. Archival-quality mats from Peterboro and Crescent give diplomas or photographs the space they need, and four grades of glass or acrylic glazing protect wandering fingers from sticky globs of paint. Joe can also showcase his talents with large-format framing for epic Led Zeppelin posters or blown-up versions of Robert Plant's braces-laden middle school photo.
At Wireless World, phone techs help customers connect to the world with a wide assortment of cell phones from brands such as Samsung, Nokia, and Droid. With phones activated, they can then assist customers in sprucing up their vastly updated string-and-can with accessories such as cases, hands-free headsets, and screen protectors. They can also hook phones up with Internet devices such as tablets, mobile hotspots, and 4G USB modems.
Bead Basics lavishes jewelers of all skill levels with the necessary equipage and abilities to craft their own bead masterpieces. Instructors string together a monthly calendar of more than 25 classes that teach up to 16 students at a time techniques or specific projects such as Beading Basics, Tila Spiral Bracelet, and Viking Knit. The online catalog's virtual glass cases brim with exquisitely crafted pieces and the requisite tools for shaping bracelets, stringing necklaces, and swapping out the queen's jewels with decoys.