For 94 years, the rug wranglers at Capel Rugs have been facilitating soft steps by supplying floor sweaters in all shapes, sizes, styles, and materials. An array of Persian rugs ($40–$8,198) stocks the showroom, replete with intricate details, rich colors, timeless design motifs, and the power of flight. Indian rug artisans meticulously handcraft each rectangular foot buffer from the finest wool fibers with centuries-old construction techniques. Reversible Candy rugs ($43–$1,598) sport soft, colorful braids made with 100% cotton chenille, and Artscapes rugs ($127–$823) boast hand-knotted wool fibers tinted with hues such as canyon red, willow green, pewter, ciel blue, and wheat. Capel Rugs' staff can make Artscapes rugs in custom sizes or flavors upon request.
At FastFrame, highly trained framers enhance artwork, memorabilia, photographs, and other keepsakes with custom-crafted frames. Like a magic 8 ball's opinion on investment portfolios, the prices at FastFrame vary wildly, hinging on size and scope—many projects start at around $100. Accent mementos with a complementary wood or metal frame, or prevent precious fine art from escaping walls and joining traveling art shows. Framers can add mats to ensure a dramatic, polished presentation, and seal the back of frames to guard works from dust and debris. FastFrame safeguards client satisfaction with a 30-day design guarantee, allowing owners to return pieces if they can't play nicely with nearby light fixtures, in addition to a lifetime craftsmanship guarantee.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Stoneware expert Andrew Linton schedules sessions in his spacious studio for couples of all potted persuasions to hone their creative skills. Having taught workshops at Midlands Clay Arts Society and the Mint Museum of Charlotte, Andrew encourages a hands-on approach to the ceramic arts in the studio he owns and operates himself. Customers with little or no experience in shot put can learn the fundamentals of wheel throwing in a beginners' class, which also covers trimming techniques designed to give your flower vase or cauldron a refined design. Forthcoming masterworks are then hardened in the bisque firing process, after which customers have the option of taking their freshly fired pots to be glazed (additional fee applies) at the in-store donut shop.
Cheap Joe's framing gurus craft beautiful dwellings for treasured photos, paintings, and posters with a huge selection of custom frames. In a variety of styles, finishes, and sizes, the shop's premade frames range from the demure 11"x14" ($53+) to the brawny 24"x36" ($96+), though Cheap Joe's can construct any size upon request (call for a quote). Art aficionados may select from more than 150 types of moldings and colors such as black, white, gold, silver, and natural wood-grain to complement both the piece and the home it's destined to adorn. The expert staffers cater to every individual's wishes, including the mat size and mat-to-artwork ratio. Those seeking a setting for prestretched canvas paintings of the founding fathers' lawn darts league can order a glass- and mat-free frame, such as the 18"x24" ($15) or 24"x36" ($18).
Sisters and native Charlotteans Neha Negandhi and Monika Shah didn’t let respective stints in Seattle and Alaska keep them away from their hometown arts scene. Inspired by similar BYOB painting sessions seen during their travels, they harnessed their diverse experiences with event management and Alaskan train tours to open their own studio, where they encourage students of all artistic levels to tap into their inimitable creativity just as they did. Joined by an impressive cast of local artists, the sisters unfurl a calendar stocked with a barrage of painting options, allowing students to portray a sailboat with an impressionistic mast or a seahorse wearing a gilded saddle.