Entering one of The Framing Establishment's locations is like walking into an art gallery. Large traditional landscapes and contemporary abstracts hang on the walls, and shadow boxes housing portraits and collectibles line the shelves. Amid this modern decor, professional framers scuttle about, sizing objects and answering customers' questions. They help their patrons pick out ready-made frames and art or consult with them to determine flattering custom mouldings and mats for their photos or most impressive parking tickets. They also help customers transform their TVs into works of art by providing frames and fabrics that complement home furnishings.
Mike Olson blossomed early. After first taking a shine to photography at age 12, he was already snapping shots of weddings and senior portraits in five states while he was still a teenager. Mike hasn't slowed down in the years since, serving as photographic supervisor at the inauguration of President George Bush, framing famed personage such as Donny and Marie Osmond, and running two photography studios. These days, he works with Scott Breen, who, like Mike, started his shutterbug career early. Scott opened his first studio at 23, and his more than 30 years of expertise have landed him gigs with the Utah Republican Party and Utah Jazz. Together, the two capture images of weddings, families, and children during on-location or in-studio sessions. Newlyweds can preserve their pictures with custom albums or high-resolution files, while portraiture patrons can print shots on artistic canvases or paste them onto the spare Picasso canvases moldering in the crawlspace.
Silver Star Hardware’s friendly staff skillfully proffers advice for home improvement while helping to outfit and accessorize homes with an eclectic, frequently updated array of functional and decorative accents. Troves of hardware promise to grease the wheels of domestic efficiency, from a menagerie of elephant hooks ($9) and butterfly hinges ($6.50/pair) to toggle and outlet-flattering switch plates ($21.50–$27.50) and twig-shaped toilet-paper holders ($49.50). Fulfill metal urges with a spangling of cast-iron star knobs ($4.50) or copper house numbers ($11.75 each) that ambidextrously emblazon either addresses or pi, or pin households’ hearts on their façades with vivid peace-dove banners ($12). Once residential shopping lists are dispatched, customers can browse the gift shop or treat their own soul habitats to a cup of steaming java at the on-site coffee bar.
Forsey's Furniture Galleries gussies up living quarters, stocking its two stores with furniture, art, and home accessories from high-end designers such as Stickley, Copeland, Dale Tiffany, and Global Views. A Fred and Ginger sculpture ($105) pays tribute to the human form with an abstract rendering of two dancers in midtwirl, and the Aarhus box ($147) stylishly protects documents and jewelry from dust, light damage, and thieves who don't know how to open boxes. Customers can cast a multichromatic glow over living spaces with lamps from Dale Tiffany ($197), each channeling the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright with geometric patterns forged from richly hued stained glass.
For about three decades, the professional framers at Art and Frame Station have been hanging rectangles around everything from photographs and artwork to collectibles and memorabilia. The shop’s brick walls hold thousands of mouldings and acid-free mattings, many of which are available in multiple colors, sizes, and candy coatings. The owners perform all framing services onsite to ensure the tight seal and alignment meet the surgical standards of each client.