At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Sir Carpet's technicians battle carpet wear with powerful soaps and a truck-mounted vacuum. Their hot-water extraction cleaning works to force fluid all the way to the base filaments of floor coverings, and a bellowing truck-mounted vacuum sucks and steams the injected concoction from the carpet, lifting out even the most tenacious dirt and freeloading microscopic in-laws. Technicians clean and sanitize tile and grout before sealing surfaces with a protective sealant, and offer spot treatment and hot-water extraction for upholstery. In addition to cleaning carpets, the team can rob air ducts of allergy-inducing pollens, bacteria, and dust, or cleanse dryer vents to increase efficiency and safety. Sir Carpet's multifaceted work force also offers outdoor-furniture cleaning, and takes the fiber-busting skills on the road to steam clean automotive carpets and fabrics.
The roots of Kerby’s Furniture stretch back to 1959, when Rex and Ruth Kerby founded the store to bring together bedroom and dining-room sets, mattresses, and other home essentials. Today, staffers dispense advice to shoppers in a showroom flush with beds, couches, and tables by brands such as Ashley, Broyhill, and Best Home Furnishings. Browsers can compare the cushiness of the Hanway chair, a foldout sleeper sofa dressed in subtle olive pinstripes, with the Joplin, a salmon swivel rocker with a reversible T-cushion seat. Youth bedroom sets come in mouth-watering finishes such as cream, espresso, and walnut, and mattresses by Simmons and Corsicana summon more z’s than a honeybee’s typewriter.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
Founded by two sisters who hold a passion for glass-based art, Kachina Stained Glass offers handpicked tools by manufacturers such as Morton, Inland, and Glastar, and hands-on classes in home decor and jewelry making. Customers can peruse the store's gift showcase for inimitable presents, tote in damaged glasswork for repairs, or commission an artist to create an original design for a stained-glass window or a particularly unsafe car windshield.