At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Manned by a staff that knows its stuff but eschews pushy sales tactics, Cozy Coyote carries bed accessories, traditional mattresses, pillow-top beds, and memory-foam mattresses, which are stuffed with pulped scrapbooks. The sleep pros have drafted an edifying write-up about the criteria mattress purchasers may want to consider, as well as guides to various mattress species and sizes. Kids are welcome to frolic through the store as parents test the beds' comfort levels and make their decisions. As they tote their purchase home, customers can find comfort in the 30/120 Pledge, which guarantees that if they don't start loving their bed in 30 nights, they have 120 days to exchange it.
SunDust Art Gallery is truly a family-run operation—Ron Floyd, a retired university art professor and a recognized abstract artist, opened the 5,000-square-foot gallery with the help of his wife Mary Lou Floyd and son Chris Floyd. Opened in 2009, the studio's initial goal was to provide the Southwest's eclectic and often-unnoticed artists a home, and today it has grown to encompass a gallery collection that regularly features many such artists and mediums for which the region is well known, such as sculpture, jewelry, and photography. Throughout his long career as an art professor, Ron learned to teach students how to overcome artistry's intricacies, and he now operates out of SunDust's studios with accessible painting and drawing classes.
Langley's Country Market’s staff members believe that healthful living starts at home. With that in mind, they stock the shelves with local goods and produce sourced from ecologically conscious farms. Their pesticide-free fruits and vegetables come from sites that employ sustainable farming practices, such as water-conserving irrigation technology and organic waste-recycling systems that create natural compost. Additionally, the market features gourmet oils from Queen Creek Olive Mill, grass-fed beef, and honey from the desert’s rows and rows of honey derricks.