We are a 19th-century business in a 21st-century world. We still use a card catalogue for trade credit, but our monthly newsletter is via email. We ignore the past century of retailing and merchandising techniques and remain a sort of messy store stacked with books, yet we have 10KW of solar panels!
Purchased in 1994 by Katy and Jim Vigeland, Art Department, Inc. endows artists with all the trappings and trimmings necessary for drawing, painting, or creating life's unanswerable questions. Customers are greeted by a tower of stretched canvas ($0.99–$98.99) and a wall boasting a breadth of choices in fine-art paper. Bristle with excitement over Art Department, Inc.'s selection of brushes ($1–$249) or manually change your mood ring's readouts with a rainbow of paint ($1.60–$29.65). Miniature Mondrians and petite Picassos will be delighted by Art Department, Inc.'s assortment of children's arts-and-crafts supplies ($1.79–$59.99).
The new paradigm of movie renting has come with an increase in convenience, but viewers now find themselves beholden to the fickle availability of new releases and inexplicable disappearances of favorite films. Mr. Video curates an expansive collection of movies both new and old, allowing visitors to take home freshly printed Hollywood hits and beloved classics. Multi-disc sets get fans caught up on television shows, and the children's section stands ready to keep kids occupied, giving parents the time to run potato-sack races. The shop also stocks rental video games for a variety of systems.
Kennette Blotzer, owner of Something to Crow About, has created a quilter’s haven in her store’s expanded space, characterized by its original brick and wood-plank flooring. More than 3,000 bolts of fabric spark inspiration with a range of designs, from seasonal prints to careful reproductions of patterns from the Civil War and the 1930s. The shop stays true to its name by specializing in chicken and rooster fabrics, which congenial employees can help sort through while advising on individual projects.
The Block of the Month projects guide quilters through long-term projects of 6 or 12 months by proffering patterns and supplies needed for creating quilts one step at a time. The shop further generates community by serving as a certified venue for company trust-fall activities and by hosting events that include sewing-club meetings as well as diverse quilting and rug-hooking classes.
Colorful strings of sparkling beads, heaps of yarn, and rows of scrapbook paper adorn Ben Franklin Crafts and Frame Shop. The sprawling, dazzlingly store, which brims with supplies, serves the local area by providing friendly, knowledgable assistance when guests have general questions or need specific answers for home projects. Their full-service frame shop can help preserve memories and memorabilia with custom framing jobs. And classes are offered throughout the month, ranging from card-making tips and tricks to learning to make beautiful handcrafted jewelry.
Veteran artisan Suzie Liles had already been a reputable figure in the fiber arts community for nearly 20 years?teaching, chairing conferences, and being active in several design and weaving guilds?when in March 2008 she and a partner decided to open Eugene Textile Center. An MFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, Suzie channels her training, experience, and passion for all things woolly into making the center a craftsperson's paradise of name-brand supplies and instructional workshops in various forms of textile conjuring. Local hobbyists and professional fiber artists alike are able to rent spinning wheels and other equipment on a weekly or monthly basis. Suzie also welcomes visitors to weaving and surface-design studios, which are equipped with looms and a dye kitchen.