The specialists at Mr. Frame It take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their physical embodiments—from artworks and photographs to prized sports souvenirs. They draw on more than 1,000 samples from brands such as Larson-Juhl to create custom frames that either serve as focal points or blend in with room decor. In addition to encasing children’s artwork and family portraits, the staff stretches canvases, mounts mirrors, and builds shadow boxes to house awards and first-edition time-share brochures.
For more than 25 years, the experienced art and design consultants at Framing Establishment and Fairfax Gallery have been guiding customers as they select from a collection of more than 5,000 frames. Hand-carved, leafed, and metal picture huggers come customized to fit any image or memento, all of which the gallery picks up, delivers, and installs for free throughout the continental United States. Customers can give cherished images the treatment they deserve with custom mouldings from a variety of manufacturers, plus trimmings such as gold and wooden frames, mat accents, and foam-core backings.
Visiting customers can peruse the store’s gallery of local and Florida artists, gorging eyes on a feast of contemporary and traditional landscapes, still-life works, and sculptures. Artists can also be commissioned to craft custom artwork, helping gussy up a drab wall or take the place of a broken windshield.
Known locally as MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville boasts a collection of almost 800 works of art in media ranging from paintings and prints to sculpture and photography, spanning the decades from 1960 to the present. Members of MOCA enjoy free admission to the museum as well as previews of temporary exhibitions and special promotions from interest groups, and more than 200 North American museums reciprocate benefits, offering members free admission and teaching them their unique secret handshakes. The curators of the museum harness their artistic expertise to help educate kids on the pros and cons of finger-painting on dogs, and infuse local classrooms with art-education programs with the help of a long list of volunteers and docents.
The friendly staff at Paula's Fine Fabrics unspools more than 2,500 bolts of fabric for do-it-yourselfers, equipping them with stylish fibers for sewing, quilting, and smocking projects. With Amy Butler and Michael Miller fabrics at their disposal ($10.99–$11.99/yd.), crafters can string together silky new blankets or reupholster the family dog. Miller's Baby Girl collection contours shades of pink into baby-friendly formations including dots, stripes, elephants, and bicycles. Specialty fabrics for heirloom sewing ($6–$20/yd.) lend a vintage look without having to add inseam pince-nez or lapel wainscoting. As an authorized dealer of Bernina products, the team of fabric aficionados retails and repairs a variety of sewing machines. Paula's Fine Fabrics fosters a tightly knit community by participating in such events as Quilt Fest 2011 and hosting a range of classes for both novices and masters.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
Shopkeepers at Gallery of Antiques and Collectibles arrange sparkling necklaces, bracelets, and earrings under the glow of hundreds of Lampe Berger and Tiffany lamps. All the shop’s Tiffany lamps have been reconditioned, restoring the illumination below their signature mosaic shades. Fragranced Lampe Berger lamps—invented in 1898 to remove odors and fill rooms with delicate aromas—still give off sweet scents when filled with oils sold at the shop. The shop’s handmade Fenton art-glass beads add color and charm to necklace chains or ostentatious jump ropes. Throughout the shop, antique tables and chests hold paintings, delicate vases, scarves, shoes, and other accessories.