Clients may never hang their pictures in a museum, but don't tell the framers at Columbus Art Gallery that. With more than 20 years of experience, the skilled frame technicians custom craft all shapes of wooden and metal frames and pair them with regular or museum-quality glass—all designed to display and protect precious heirlooms. Guests can seek the perfect frame by shopping the Gallery's inventory of more than 3,000 frames or begin their art collection by browsing through the selection of lithographs, art blocks, and oil paintings.
Ring the doorbell of your inner child and politely ask if it can come out to play. Today's deal sends you on a crafty trip down childhood lane: for $20, you get $40 toward a pottery-painting visit to Make. Your Groupon is location-specific, so choose one of the three stores with the links above. These cozy abodes of imagination stimulation are great places for kids and adults alike, just like ball pits that serve White Russians. Bring the kids in during weekdays for a creative session of youthful expression, or gather a group of friends for adult-themed weekend fun complete with red wine (served Thurs.–Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) or BYOB at the Upper East and West Side locations. Packs of women, single ladies, and female prop comics receive 50% off everything on Thursday ladies' nights.
The Sofia family boasts a New York City heritage stretching back more than a century. In 1880, the family’s ancestral patriarch, Theodoro, emigrated to The Bronx from Italy, joining millions of others in search of a new life and streets flowing with apple pie and hot dogs. After marrying his childhood sweetheart, he bought a stable with his three sons, eventually transforming it into a moving and storage business in 1910. The growing business weathered the Depression and two world wars, and gained prestige when its movers were trusted to transport the Mona Lisa to the Met, to shuttle the King Tut exhibit around the country, and to move the Atlantic Ocean to the East Coast. The family eventually phased out its moving services in favor of storage facilities, which are still run by third-generation Sofias. Today, the company's four storage locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn safely store closet overflow from New Yorkers' oft-cramped apartments. Each facility hosts lockers and storage rooms that range in size from 4’x4’ spaces to entire floors, and boast amenities such as natural-gypsum or terra cotta lining. An outside security company monitors each building at all times, and renters can opt to buy a lock or bring their own. Storage tips, packing materials for sale, and the option of custom shelving in each unit help patrons pack their belongings with long-lasting care, while easy access and complimentary use of hand carts facilitate stuff retrieval.
The technicians at Prestigious Blinds don't treat the sun like an enemy, despite the fact that it can fade upholstery and add unwanted heat to homes and offices. Instead, they use custom residential and commercial window treatments to "redefine the light" in each space, filtering sunbeams through opaque and sheer drapery, wooden blinds, or bamboo shades. During home visits, the techs lay out fabric samples and discuss customization options, such as printing a company logo, a child's favorite cartoon character, or a passive-aggressive note about a neighbor's lawn onto blinds.
Having accrued 15 years of teaching experience, the staff members at Tennis Innovators prioritize exciting instruction and curriculums over barraging students with volley after volley. They appreciate the challenge of holding a child's interest and create fun drills for junior pupils, who can begin to learn racket-swinging techniques as early as age 3. The QuickStart and JuniorExtreme programs act as intriguing introductions to the sport for adolescents and work on improving their coordination, mobility, and athleticism, both on and off the court. In fact, they don't require a court to host their afterschool programs and will adapt lessons to fit any suitable space, such as a gymnasium or the least occupied patch of an in-use baseball diamond.
Classes aren't just for children—the staff hosts adult sessions aimed at improving overall game play and fitness in a supportive environment for fully formed humans of all skill levels. Staffers also lend their management expertise to neighborhood tennis clubs, providing guidance for hiring and training processes, court maintenance, and marketing.
Supreme Hardware's knowledgeable staff has been outfitting and guiding neighborhood customers through home-improvement projects for more than 30 years. The shop stocks its shelves with an array of hardware flanked by everyday home goods, such as surge protectors and cord organizers ($9.95+), along with energy-saving compact fluorescent bulbs ($11.95+ for three-pack) available in a rainbow of shades and colors to suit any décor or favorite light-spectrum demographic. Spruce up countertops or bath tile with heavy-duty grout and granite cleaners ($14.95+), or set to work on more complex home projects by using today's deal toward a tool kit ($39), outfitted with a screwdriver, hammer, wrenches, and a pocket-sized Bob Vila.