After spending years designing kitchens and handcrafting cabinets, John Barlowe opened Frame Shop Art Gallery & Gifts to celebrate and showcase great household art. A member of the Professional Picture Framers Association, he's won awards for his custom-frame designs, which pair his meticulous woodworking skills with elements such as football skin to accent displayed pieces. As a premier partner of Larson-Juhl, he has access to thousands of ornate American hardwood borders and gilded moldings crafted with more than 100 years of company expertise. Each artwork or photograph squeezes between Tru Vue glass and Bainbridge mats and backboard, a sandwich framers can often complete in as little as 24 hours.
In addition to displaying art, John and his team specialize in various photo services, from printing images to transforming ordinary snapshots into caricatures or watercolors with artistic photo treatments. They also prevent boxes of family photos from falling victim to age, disasters, and swamp monsters’ thumbprints by digitizing large collections.
The Butterfly House fills its lush indoor botanical garden with more than a thousand butterflies, creating a tranquil and meditative space for guests to relax and take in the wonderful natural variety present in a single order of organisms. Representing diverse species from the Americas and Asia, this well-traveled population of lepidopterans likes to flutter about, sipping nectar and basking in the sun, much like revelers at an international beach party. Since butterflies live for a fleeting two to three weeks, the facility brings in more creatures and new species regularly, making each visit unique. The knowledgeable staff helps patrons learn about every stage of this magnificent creature’s life cycle, from its awkward pupa days to the search for a mate and, in twilight, retirement from its professional nectar-collecting career to pursue a nectar-collecting hobby.
Prism GlassWorks is a full-service silica studio offering a wide range of elegant pre-made glass pieces, as well as hands-on classes and workshops for students of all experience levels. As a sneak peak of their regular fused-glass pendant classes—and with Groupon fun-seekers specifically in mind—the Prism proprietors have put together a special fused pendant-making workshop (many convenient times are available). During the two-hour session, you'll get to carry your innermost designs and aesthetic impulses to fruition, whether they are abstract conglomerations of color or miniature images of a beloved filing cabinet. After hand-selecting and combining glass noodles, stringers, and dichroic thingamabobs, you'll have created a raw pendant that's ready for the finishing flames of the kiln.
Whether stocking the kitchens of Burger King, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut or the kitchen of a single family, The Kitchen Store ensures their customers get the professional tools they need. Each team member has spent an average of 25 years in the food industry, which translates into informed equipment recommendations and sure-fire advice. Their savvy pairs well with the comprehensive stock of kitchen tools, which runs the gamut from ranges by Southbend and cutlery from Dexter Russell to food thermometers that'll make sure pizza stones don't melt into lava.
Samsen Furniture has been serving up home furnishings for more than 50 years. Their Genoa showroom exceeds 45,000 square feet and contains more friendly faces than a Lisa Frank sticker set. Throughout the store, shoppers will encounter top furniture brands such as Thomasville, Smith Brothers of Berne, and Flexsteel, to name a few. Bring light to a dim space that purportedly got plenty of western exposure with an assortment of table lamps (starting at $99), or relax in darkness within the comfy confines of a La-Z-Boy Anderson recliner ($299). Stack numerous Exton Square rectangular cocktail tables ($179 each) to create a real-life game of Tetris, which can be used to entrap and hide a floor lamp with oak table ($299). The store's design department is full to burst with home accessories, such as wallpaper, carpeting, lamps, pictures, and window treatments.
Lievens Market stocks a wide variety of stylish, functional goods for homes and gardens. Shoppers can decorate outdoor spaces with fountains, hammocks, and pottery, or celebrate the holiday season indoors with trees, wreaths, poinsettias, and garlands. The market also carries an assortment of Amish foods, including handmade pastries and pies.