Sam's Art & Framing preserves and stylishly showcases photos, prints, portraits, and memorabilia with expert care. Sam invokes more than 30 years framing experience to craft each frame by hand on the premises. Choose from thousands of molding and mat-board samples to enshrine a child's artwork or an overturned parking ticket. Framing options are virtually limitless, but as an example, about $70 can get you a 20"x24" frame with glass, backing and hanging hardware, and a basic diploma will run about $100.
On any given Germano family vacation, Steve had his camera seemingly glued to his hand, capturing as many moments as he could. His ardor for documenting his familial outings lead to a career at a party-production company, where he emceed events and contributed graphic-design work. When the head of the company’s video department left, Steve rekindled his love of videography and delighted clients with his documentary-style edits.
Likewise, Franco Prete’s passion for photography began early, at age 15, when he served as an assistant at a major Long Island studio. Franco went on to publish in France’s Glamour magazine, appear on VH1, and snap the first known picture of a sunbathing owl. Upon meeting at a shoot, Franco and Steve quickly noted their similar styles and personalities, and soon after formed Studio 27. Together, the pair photographs and records a plentitude of portraits and weddings, accruing such accolades as a spot on the best photographers list in the Long Island section of the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards 2012.
Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.
The experienced staff at Tullio’s Pottery Place creates a safe and respectful environment for potters of all levels of experience to learn. In the spacious studio, instructors guide students through throwing, painting, and firing their own masterworks. Ladies’ Night, Date Night, and Parents’ Night Off parties give grownups a creative outlet where they can bedeck premade pieces of pottery with stencils, their own designs, or re-creations of the bowl that Gene Hackman wore over his face for the entirety of The Poseidon Adventure. Pupils can get their hands dirty during 6- or 12-week personalized classes, with unlimited time provided during the week for them to finish work started in each session. Raku firings with a large selection of glazes are offered twice monthly.
Originally open exclusively to designers, ArynRichards's wondrous 50,000 square-foot warehouse fills homes with furnishings from a slew of manufacturers, such as Century, Hooker, and Bradington Young. Designer lamps ($75–$150) enlighten areas with decorative flair and emissions of visible electromagnetic radiation, and ArynRichards's stock of oil paintings ($295–$1,200) and prints ($139+) covers naked walls with classical landscapes and artfully naked people. Special pieces such as a black-and-white crackled mosaic vase ($325) can provide an interior answer to a decorator's je ne sais quoi. Styles of furniture and accessories range from contemporary to traditional, accommodating interior furnishing wishes from all eras—modern, postmodern, and unmodern. Furniture bought off the floor can also be delivered the same day for an additional fee.
A trusted Long Island business since 1853, Hicks Nurseries has been voted Best Nursery on Long Island and boasts an array of seasonal goodies to appease holiday-happy folk of every variety. Attentive employees guide shoppers through the spacious environment, helping them alight on items suited specifically for their festive fancy. Clothe immodest doors with lush wreaths and multihued ribbons, or get moved by the generous spirit of the season and pick up a fresh-cut tree ($29.99–$59.99) in which you can board out-of town elves. The nursery carries pieces for green thumbs and seasonal decorating delighters alike, also offering poinsettias ($3.99–$49.99), indoor and outdoor lighting wares, and ornaments ($2.99–$19.99). Stop by on the weekend to bop your list-filled noggin to a live brass band ushering in the season with red and green musical notes cascading from their trumpets.