For Andy and Rachel Lee of Art and Frame World, their framing projects don't end at two-dimensional objects. Photos surround a folded American flag to depict a beloved family member in his military years. A commemorative Minnesota Twins jersey hangs with sleeves folded to show off its decorative patches. A Stratocaster guitar, signed by Jon Bon Jovi and his band, floats on mounts next to a gold record and a ruby-encrusted 8-track tape. This attention to detail is also apparent in the business's traditional frame jobs, which ensconce photographs in intricate patterns. Conservation items such as acid-free matting and UV-protective glass ensure that prized artwork is kept safe from the elements.
The crackle of Fireside Hearth & Home's fireplaces have filled the soundscapes of households across the country for more than 60 years. Today, their well-stocked showrooms feature a variety of advanced gas, electric, and wood-burning models from top designers such as Quadra-Fire, Heat & Glo, and Heatilator. In addition to fireplaces and accessories, they offer a number of decorative surrounds and mantels built with stone, wood, or casted material to gussy up any new or existing hearth. At attractive display areas fashioned to look like natural household settings, attentive staffers stand by to answer any questions, offer installation guidelines, or share tips on repelling pesky Santas.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Brands Used: Artist Loft canvases, paints, and brushes
Pro Tip: No experience is necessary.
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: Adults
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
There is no experience required. All the paintings are impressionist, so even being able to make a straight line is not necessary.
What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?
Everyone will paint the same picture, but none will end up exactly the same. Everyone will have their own twist on how they put paint to canvas.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is a great way to share a date night, girls' night out, or bridal shower.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
The best part is looking at the other paintings and asking the painter how they got a flower to look just so, or how they made the water look like it's moving?the sharing of ideas and processes. Also, having a cocktail while painting lets the creative juices fly.
When Max Schneiderman began his family’s business, it was a grocery store first and foremost. Then Schneiderman’s began to carry a few furniture items and slowly these grew to overshadow the cans of soup and produce until the furnishings finally swallowed the foodstuffs whole.
Now, Schneiderman's Furniture has spread from the Iron Range to spots throughout the Twin Cities. The showrooms stock local and foreign furniture from more than 100 manufacturers. Many items in stock can be customized in color and texture to match a homeowner's current obsession with plastic flamingos.
Most Popular Service: Residential and Commercial Construction
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: GAF, Ply Gem, Certainteed, Hardy, LP, plus many more.
Pro Tip: Homeowner must be present at initial appointment.