At each Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More location across the United States, professional graphic artists print high-quality, custom designs onto a variety of products including men's and women's T-shirts and sweatshirts, toddlers' onesies, and clothing for canines. Rather than ironing or screenprinting its tees, the team uses a process called direct-to-garment printing, dying images directly into fabric to ensure that the garments won't crack, fade, peel, or develop a sense of self. The staff also eschews harsh chemicals in favor of environmentally friendly ones, such as water-based ink.
The artists price their products at a consistent rate, don't charge setup fees, and won't increase their costs, even if the desired artwork is highly complex, demands hourly compliments, or requires multiple colors. They'll happily print either a customer-created design or one of their own onto one or 300 T-shirts at once, and they turn around most in-stock items in 24 hours.
These days, it's hard to know what exactly you're eating when your eating beef?even if you cooked it yourself. The modern meat industry pumps their cattle full of antibiotics and hormones that make the meat seem more appealing while being worse for your health. Besides that, they don't feed the cows their natural diet of grass and clover, opting for cheaper corn and grain instead without even letting them use ketchup. Gaucho Ranch aims to change all that. Drawing on the old gaucho tradition of South America, they import their beef from a family farm in Uruguay, where it is guaranteed to be raised entirely naturally and fed exactly what it wants to eat. The result are beautiful cuts of beef that are lower in cholesterol and fat, higher in Omega 3s and Vitamin E, and delicious on top of everything else.
An eco-friendly boutique and holistic wellness center, Sage Lifestyles inspires visitors to explore their spiritual side as they shrink their carbon footprint. Inside the boutique, guests can bask in the soothing scents of candles or leaf through books on topics such as organic cooking and green living. Vinyasa yoga classes meld ancient poses and breathing techniques into moving meditations, and chakra consultations can help clear bodies of energy blockages and accidentally swallowed Social Security cards.
Since 2006, Loft Sofa has outfitted homes with modern furnishings handcrafted from quality fabrics and woods. In store and online, clients browse a range of styles, from sectional leather sofas and plush white couches to glass coffee tables and platform beds. Each of the shop's pieces keep mother nature humming with ecologically sustainable materials, including wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a mahogany regal glass-door cabinet ($372), or in a hefty, finely trimmed narrow bookcase with drawer ($197). Or, display a new moving picture box on a bobbin leg console table ($116). Furniture comes in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables and chairs. Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Signature service: Classes in many glass techniques
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Bullseye, Uroboros, Wissmach, Spectrum, Glastar, Canfield
Pro Tip: We have a huge selection of glass, tools, and books, as well as many gift items.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Working with glass is so therapeutic that it has helped us and many of our customers get through some tough times. The uncertain economy inspired some of our customers to sell their home-made pieces and earn extra money. But my favorite part of this job is seeing the pride on my students' faces when they finish their artwork.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
When I left my abusive husband, Rowe Art Studios gave me a place where I could escape the emotional turmoil. After my first day working here, I started seeing the world through different eyes, and my whole life changed. Instead of focusing on my problems, I focused on recreating what I saw in glass. The longer I worked here, the more I learned. It's amazing how many different ways there are to work with glass, and how you can combine different methods into new and exciting pieces. This is true whether you're making a panel with stained glass or a piece of jewelry with fused glass.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is a field where you can try just one technique or many. The advantage of coming to Rowe Studios is that we not only teach, but we have a large selection of supplies. If we don't have what you need, we're happy to order for you. And if you're new to a field, we're always happy to help with advice and recommendations.