With 65 years of image-enhancing experience, Aaron Brothers brings singular design, craftsmanship, and style to each custom framing assignment. Offering individualized design consultations, Aaron Brothers carries a collection of more than 700 unique frame moldings in fine woods and metal, as well as 400 different conservation-grade mats. While prices for each job vary, Aaron Brothers charges $101 for an 11.5''x13.5" custom frame with a mat, UV- clear glass, mount, and fitting. Customers can also get a 7"x9" custom frame with tempest mat, UV-clear glass, mounting, and basic fitting for about $78. Each Aaron Brothers location features a team of designers and master artisans, as well as an assortment of hanging supplies. Bring in treasured works of art and Aaron Brothers’ certified preservation experts will help hinder time's attack on photographs, newspaper clippings, and Mesolithic magazine covers.
Doug Landreth and David Volkamer each spent 25 years as professional photographers and visual artists., As David designed ads for Fortune 500 companies, Doug filled magazines with his stunning images. Just because they experienced success doesn’t mean they became content, though—as the technology in their fields advanced, so too did their techniques. Today, this duo of ever-evolving shutterbugs share their hard-won lessons in tutorials, seminars, and classes through their joint venture, Photomorphis. Together, they help students master composition and depth of field, giving them the tools to make even iPhone shots look stellar. They also explain how to enhance such photos with the use of textures and Photoshop techniques, such as creating subtle warmth images or giving your baby laser eyes.
Inside Children's Bookshop & Teaching Supplies, one can find literature for adolescents and infants just as easily as shelves and tables overflowing with colorful games and toys. Though the full-service bookstore's two retail locations focus on educational materials, such as school and art supplies, they also aim to give kids equipment that inspires fun. The store proffers a rainbow of glitter, crayons, and pastels; colorful picture books accompanied by CDs; and a range of modernized and classic board games such as bingo, dominoes, checkers, and mancala. To facilitate creative learning and instill children with an early understanding of zoning codes, the store carries interlocking-piece construction sets. Store staffers also arrange a wooden railway table and a Calico Critters Play Table.
The amiable staff at Elegant Details, ranked one of the area's best gift shops, stocks the boutique with home embellishments, candles, kitchenware, and women's apparel. Peruse the assortment of Archipelago candles ($22) and Lepi de Provence French soaps ($5.95) to add a fresh fragrance to any home or cyberspace, or adorn coffee tables with a set of four Marble coasters ($17). Wine glasses ($10) and candles in a wine cork motif ($12) can clothe a bare bar, while a ruffle glass cake stand ($20) and linens ($9–$20) decorate drab kitchens. Give a vintage burlap journal to a jotting jet setter or use it to record the number of consecutive days the local meteorologist inaccurately predicted gravy showers.
The friendly, helpful staff at Urban Scrapbooker boasts an ever-changing array of memory-preserving materials, including colorful paper, embellishments, and accessories for card making and paper crafting. Use a Tombow Mono adhesive ($3.50) to stick photos of the family, the family dog, or the family microwave onto vibrantly patterned paper, featuring images of food, nature, or downtown Seattle ($0.69+). Bland, boring trips down memory lane detour onto the more scenic remembrance expressways with accessories such as ribbon ($0.15+/ft.) and 3-D stickers in more than 400 styles ($2.50+). Store photos of every cherished lost tooth in an 8"x8" album ($12.99–$17.50), or commemorate Mother's Day, Memorial Day, or Heckle A Pigeon Day with a handcrafted greeting card, designed using a BoBunny card kit ($17.99).
Colorful fabrics, strings of neon beads, and heaps of yarn of all textures adorn Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop's sprawling, dazzlingly colored store, a family owned business for 39 years. Brimming with supplies for any project imaginable, Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop outfits guests with rubber-stamping kits for custom-made stationary or sheets of chevron paper to decoupage ready-made frames. The friendly staff circulates the store, and, armed with creativity and know-how, assists guests as they try to pick out the proper washi tape.