When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts—who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands—consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.
Carl Thompson and Eric Peterson, lifelong friends and cofounders of Lifetime Windows, have been equipping homes with high-quality windows for the past 14 years. Their troupe of specialized estimators helps homeowners select the perfect glass windows, set in vinyl, wood, or aluminum. The windows fit snugly into homes, expelling drafts with sturdy custom framing and double-paned faces and allowing light to flood in with Solar View windows. A variety of brands and custom-framing options help create desired windowed environments, whether by using large windows to make rooms airier and sunnier or accentuating newly acquired dungeons with slim window slots. Lifetime Window’s expert technicians also install interior, exterior, and patio doors.
The team at Imagine That Concrete Design uses concrete to create eye-catching additions to people's yards and homes. Depending on their clients’ goals, they might forge a winding pathway through a garden or design an outdoor patio perfect for a warm summer's day. Inside, they install concrete surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms.