Since 1999, Tadporters has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors, including fine artists, professional photographers, and Elvis Presley's Graceland. Owner and famed framer Michael D. Johnson is a perfectionist, treating each frame as an equally important soul mate to the art, picture, or document it surrounds. Recent grads can honor four years of hard work or hard liquor by accentuating their diploma in a frame of simple design starting at $100. A favored piece of art or Burton Gilliam photograph can be sealed in a chic border from $150 to $250, depending on the size, and a worthy sports jersey can get a spiffy frame job for under $350.
For decades, JCPenney Portraits has welcomed families into its friendly studios, where photographers expertly photograph subjects of any age. Digital cameras, professional lighting, and a wide selection of backgrounds all work together to ensure a polished, personalized look for every family portrait, school picture, business headshot, or baby announcement. To customize the session even more, the staff also encourages guests to incorporate items with special meaning such as a baby blanket, a family heirloom, or the wishbone from grandma's first Thanksgiving.
After the final flash, clients and a team member head to the viewing kiosk, where they can select their photos and customize them. Beyond prints, memories may also be preserved on high-resolution MyImages CDs, gallery wraps, or through JCPenney Portraits' archival program, which allows clients to store and share their portraits online.
Kick off the holiday season at this three-day shopping extravaganza, with more than 100 merchants from across the South offering giftable items such as handcrafted jewelry, home furnishings, stylish shoes, women's and children's fashions, baby clothing, toys, and beauty products. For guests weary to hang the contents of their recycling bin on the Christmas tree yet again, Mistletoe Merchants also features an array of ornaments and other festive décor, and obsessive fans of the poem “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” can build their own bowlfuls of jelly with choice comestibles from several gourmet-food vendors. With this head start on the holiday season, Mistletoe Merchants attendees will be able to get their shopping done early, allowing them to start planning St. Patrick's Day activities come December.
Helmed by a friendly, dedicated artist, the online emporium of personalized products bursts with a bevy of colorful invitations, stationery, address labels, and more. Employing whimsically unpredictable color combos and customized lettering, the crafty creator fashions distinctive items for a dizzying array of occasions, from informal birthday parties to elegant parrot weddings. Karaoke-inclined hosts can prepare guests for crooned versions of "Old MacDonald" with popstar invitations ($3 each; minimum order of 25). Apple slice note pads make fruit an omnipresent grocery-list item ($30 for four), and the brightly shaded personalized growth chart ($75) plots the progress of your child's or pet goldfish’s vertical climb up to 7 feet. Aspiring card architects can upload their own family photos or poorly scanned tax returns onto a 12-pack of colorful classic photo cards ($38).
Known for being quick and convenient, The UPS Store is a three-headed office chimera belching forth flame-free shipping, printing, and office necessities. Each locale's packaging experts take the hassle out of delivering gifts to far-off third cousins (twice removed) by using top-notch packaging materials and geometrical know-how. Customers can cast their bundles off in whatever time frame works best using one of a full range of UPS shipping options, including next day air, ground, and international shipping. For those tired of the unwashable ink stains and toxic silver fumes that result from door-to-door printing presses, this Groupon can also be used toward any of The UPS Store's printing services, which include color and black-and-white copying, digital printing, and brochure and business-card production.
Avowal founder Wes Leyshon doesn’t compromise in his Arthurian quest for the Holy Grail that is sonic perfection. Since establishing Avowal in 2006, Leyshon has used state-of-the-art equipment and an ear that would make a noctuid moth jealous to mix and master music for the likes of Better Than Ezra’s Kevin Griffin and American Idol’s David Cook (winner of season 7) and Katharine McPhee. More recently, his mix of 16 Frames’ “I’ll Be Better When You’re Gone” was used in the season five finale of MTV’s The Hills. After your 60 minutes on the mic ($35–$60) are up, Avowal’s engineers will fiddle with frequencies and dabble in dynamics as they mix together ($75) and master ($35) the best takes—creating a tangible record of your vocal cords’ vibrations that you can then sneak into the bins of your local record store.