Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
This female-owned boutique started out eight years ago as an apparel-only outfit that clothed pregnant bellies and their subsequent newborns. Today, Tummies to Tots has grown to supply all manner of products necessary for raising a healthy baby. Parents put together cribs, soft bedding, and furniture that give new additions a comfortable transition to life outside the womb. Moisturizing creams and ointments protect tender skin, and plush toys and pacifiers distract infants while parents spend quality time with their own teddy bears. When caretakers take babies mobile, strollers and car seats secure a safe passage. Potty-training equipment gently eases wee ones into the brutal reality of a diaperless future that we all must one day accept. Tummies to Tots continues to outfit mommies-to-be in comfortable, ergonomic maternity wear, and engraves customized baby-tag jewelry with the name of each infant. An on-site consignment department gives parents the chance to snag equipment that has already proven its competence at childcare on another family.
Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
For 25 years, the talented staff of Creative Art & Frame has encased art, posters, and objects in handmade and custom fitted frames. Bespoke squares team up with acid-free mats, acid-free foam backing, and high-quality glass. Customers can exhibit multiple pictures at once thanks to the shop's computerized mat cutter, which crafts custom picture holes. Specialty frame services easily enshrine three-dimensional display-worthy items, including all manner of sports memorabilia and collectibles such as the elusive albino Rubik's cube. Empty frames find embraceable images by perusing the shop's art canvases and prints.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
The Table & Chair Co. outfits London's human habitats with a wide array of brand-name furniture, focusing its inventory on Canadian manufacturers and custom orders. Capture the elusive feng-shui dragon with wares from Ashley, Sealy, Decor-Rest, Canadel, Lane, and others, stocking the living room, bedroom, dining room, and fainting parlour with stacks of armoires or a herd of sofa-tables. Cast aside the lumpy, hay-stuffed futons of youth and commandeer a queen mattress set ($499+) and sofa ($699+), for separation of sleeping and sitting surfaces. The a la carte menu boasts bar stools ($59.95+), task chairs ($69), faux leather Parson chairs ($99), and Dimplex electric fireplaces ($199). The Table & Chair Co. also showcases home-theatre furnishings, patio accessories, bookcases, and a number of homey elements easily perusable from their spacious showroom off Exeter Road, just minutes from White Oaks Mall.