The knowledgeable team at Jerry’s Artarama stockpile a vast selection of art supplies for amateur and professional projects. Staff members roam the store answering art questions and help track down hard-to-find supplies for any medium including wrapped canvases and invisible ink. The onsite custom-framing shop outfits works in traditional wood and aluminum frames with a variety of matting options to enhance and preserve enveloped images. The emporium also hosts workshops throughout the month to develop oil- and watercolor-painting techniques, as well as demos to meet and learn from instructors in a more informal setting.
There is barely a spot behind the desk at Frame-Art Gallery that is not covered in frame samples of all wooden colors and finishes, their upside-down v’s pointed toward the ceiling. In other areas, the walls support framed prints, diplomas, bridal photography, photos, and paintings, with a focus on African American and Civil War subjects. The staff turns 35 years of experience toward every preservation project, whether protecting art from UV damage with conservation glass or immortalizing sports and military memorabilia in shadow boxes.
VA Shirt Shop's services make it easy to wear your heart on your sleeve. Customers begin by choosing an article of clothing, such as a T-shirt or hoodie, then launch the shop's digital design tool. Acting as their own designer, they can decorate their apparel with custom sayings or images downloaded from their email, social-media accounts, phone, or photographic memory. Professional graphic-design services can also be used to create a company logo or customize uniforms for athletic teams, and VA Shirt Shop's own team can capably handle large orders ranging from a dozen T-shirts to 1,000 or more.
Old movies are full of treasured memories, and in some cases, literal treasure. When 90-year old Evelyn Weiner sent in her 16-millimeter film canister to YesVideo for digital conversion, a staff member discovered $3,100 in cash in the canister. The company quickly alerted Ms. Weiner of the bounty, which her late husband had stored away and forgotten. While YesVideo cannot promise such a dramatic financial return on investments, over one million families, along with major retailers such as Costco, Target, and Walmart have trusted YesVideo technicians to unearth and modernize priceless memories through mail-in conversion services. Films receive a digitized update as the team transforms VHS tapes and film reels before they deteriorate. Personalized DVDs with convenient chapter divisions last longer than VHS tapes and make it OK to finally feed the VCR peanut butter. Online galleries of the content can be shared through Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media sites.