From its modest origins in a garage, Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses has blossomed into a full-fledged appliance-vending behemoth with 14 locations throughout Colorado. The outlet compiles an enormous collection of handy household appliances from top-quality brands such as GE, Whirlpool, LG, KitchenAid, Sealy,and Tempur-pedic.
At each location, knowledgeable staffers shepherd patrons through sprawling showrooms, which collectively tout more than 150,000 pieces of equipment, including laundry machinery, kitchen appliances, microwaves, and macrowaves. They can special order items not in stock or tap into a stash of spare parts to repair busted apparatus. In addition to appliances, the staff can point patrons toward a fleet of mattresses and overstock items.
For a small business, Riveting Frame & Design’s staff boast an impressive resumé: two members are artists—one of whom has a fine-arts degree—and the team has nearly a half-century of combined experience. Customers can meet with these experts at the store, where they will receive same-day quotes that detail all the possible design options. Working with the team, clients then choose a design from an extensive selection of frames, mouldings, mats, and fillets; with staff using computerized mat cutting to ensure accuracy. Additionally, Riveting outfits delicate artworks or especially successful peach cobblers in conservation framing, and the shop sells original and fine art, mirrors, canvas prints, and giclées.
The light technicians at Illuminations by Design aid patrons as they navigate more than 1,200 light fixtures on display that range from chandeliers and lamps to outdoor mounts and spotlights. A plethora of ceiling lights—such as an open-frame foyer lantern ($127.50) whose bronze curls grasp electric candles—brightens up living rooms or dark bat caves. Lamps and shades ($12+) offer sleek, modern shapes or traditional white bulb skirts, and walls find scintillating vertical clingers in weathered lattice torchiere ($299.85). The trio of modern propellers on a chrome fan ($501) spins over rooms decorated with home accents such as clocks and elephantine bookends ($141). Meanwhile, yards deny their fear of the dark while basking in outdoor lighting fixtures, including the elegant, geometric lines of an olde bronze exterior wall mount ($297).
With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
At Urban Mattress, patrons can sprawl out on comfy, soporific mattresses from brands such as Sherwood, Tempur-Pedic, Lumina, and Urban Organics in search of firm billows. The owner-operated stores also offer sustainable options that leave little to no carbon footprint and are biodegradable, making future archaeologists' jobs easier when they go to uncover the cans of peas hidden under our beds. Two percent of all proceeds finds its way to local nonprofits, ensuring that customers can sleep better at night in more ways than one.
FastFrame of LoDo's showroom houses more than 2,000 frame samples. Wood and metal boarders wait to enclose artwork, photographs, and 3-D items, from sports jerseys to musical instruments to Abe Lincoln's stovepipe-hat polish. The showroom also houses thousands of matte samples—including fabric, suede, and genuine leather.
All these options are on display to help customers find the exact frame and matte combination they want. But FastFrame of LoDo's professionals also recognize that not everyone can make a final decision without seeing what the finished product will look like. So they rely on Frame Vue, a computer program that snaps a photo of the client's artwork and then shows what it will look like with different frame and matte combinations.
Services like this earned FastFrame of LoDo the title of Best Custom Framing by the Denver A-List in 2010, 2011, and 2012. And people like Jarrod Perrott earned it 5280 magazine's Top of the Town award for customer service. The magazine's editors said: "The finished products FastFrame of LoDo puts out are spectacular—and, as a bonus, after picking up your wall-hanging, Perrott will send you a handwritten thank-you note (a wonderful, thoughtful touch). ..."