Casablanca Market brings its collection of leather ottomans, hand-painted tables, Berber pillows, intricate mirrors, Moroccan tea glasses and tagines as they arrive stateside straight from the hands of Moroccan artisans, many of whom learned their skills as a family tradition. Hand-painted chairs and hand-woven carpets enliven rooms with vibrant colors and boast unique designs, unlike template rugs sewn by unimaginative robots. Shoppers can further their knowledge of Moroccan culture by attending the shop's cooking classes, which feature traditional recipes and ingredients. The market follows fair-trade practices to ensure artisans receive good compensation for their work and have their pay in hand before their goods ship overseas.
Ever since Baskin Robbins began its dessert fashion show in 1953, more than 1,000 original flavors have delighted tongues, 31 at a time. With the ice creamery's iconic pink sampling spoons as a guide, customers can taste-test as many as they like, whether it's a classic flavor such as a scoop of rocky road in a cup ($2.39) or waffle cone ($3.18), or a seasonal offering such as Winter White Chocolate—white-chocolate ice cream loaded with chocolate-covered cherry pieces and a cherry ribbon. As the current flavor of the month, Winter Chocolate Marshmallow borrows the flavors of hot chocolate strewn with fluffy marshmallows and whipped cream.
The proficient framers at Art Frame Studio employ high-quality framing materials and seldom-used techniques to efficiently preserve photographs and documents. Using rice paper and wet-paste mounting techniques, they evenly mount scrolls and other delicate objects. In addition to prints and photos, they encapsulate puzzles, needlepoint work, and keepsakes within sleek shadowbox frames. Employing museum-approved materials and conservation framing techniques, they mount historically significant documents on archival-quality matting to ensure a stable framing job, minimal exposure of the work to adhesives, and protection from studious insects.
The portfolios of Elite Capture’s photographers are filled with moody, cinematic scenes, ranging from a karate-kicking family in midair to a fashionably dressed woman roping a crescent moon. The studio excels at these types of compositions, positioning subjects under theatrical lighting in locations with striking backgrounds, rich colors, and naturally occurring green smoke. This artistic approach has caught the eye of famous clients such as Ludacris, the Black Eyed Peas, and LMFAO, all of whom have posed for Elite Capture shoots. The photographers give the same star treatment to their everyday clients, whose images are preserved on products including aluminum prints, custom greeting cards, and coffee-table books.
For more than 30 years, JP Digital Imaging has festooned office walls, and pizzazz-needing ceilings with vibrant prints and high-quality images from its Mountain View press. The Wall-EZ mural sticker is an easy-to-hang peel-and-stick self-adhesive, made up to 2'x4' in size, and designed to cling to any surface without leaving behind sticky residue or lingering outlines of frescoed cherubs. Choose from one of JP Digital’s 12 breath-siphoning stock images, such as a sepia-rendered vertical view of the Eiffel Tower or a nostalgia-inducing nighttime photograph of the Golden Gate Bridge to festoon a living space. Creative types may also submit their own high-resolution image to JP Digital’s website and let the professionals transform it into a dazzling decoration, sure to enliven even the dingiest dorm room, dullest lobby, or most stalactite-riddled man cave.