In 1990, Trish Lounsbury opened Celebrations with her husband, Stan, and her father, Ed. They seek out products from artists, designers, and leading companies such as Crane and Sweet Pea when crafting custom invitations and stationery. They also specialize in custom framing for a variety of projects, as well as unique gifts and elegant wrapping papers.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Mark Landis Photography's experienced team of shutterbugs capture flattering portraits in a full-service studio flanked by gardens and a rushing waterfall. Camera wielders usher in guests for 15-minute headshot sessions, guiding subjects’ heads and shoulders through a range of complementary poses. After the photo session, a basic facial retouching clears up one image of your choice, removing bunny ears and preparing the photo for public consumption. The retouched photo makes its way to clients via email or CD in JPEG form along with reproduction rights, allowing subjects to use their shot for promotional use or to forge a flashier-looking passport.
With its rustic architecture and soft, rolling hills of vines, Chrisman Mill Vineyards brings a little taste of Tuscany to the Bluegrass State. Amidst hand-painted murals of Tuscan landscapes, guests in the tasting room pair ciccetti, or Italian tapas, with sips of local wine made from the best Kentucky grapes. The laid-back environment encourages visitors to savor the small pleasures in life, as do the staff, who entertain with amusing anecdotes and enlightening descriptions of how each wine is made. At the winery in Hamburg Pavilion, guests can also browse Kentucky-made goods as well as more than a thousand winery gift items, including customized gift baskets.
Every July, a crowd of people and horses press down the lush grasses of Kentucky Horse Park. The occasion is BreyerFest, a model-horse festival hosted by Breyer Animal Creations (known for purveying handcrafted model horses). Equine enthusiasts funnel into the park and disperse across the grounds to participate in a daily array of family-oriented activities. Aside from more than 40 live-horse exhibitions, attractions include crafts, pony rides, a petting zoo, face-painting booths, and a magic show. Each year's festival is marked by a theme that influences the breed and origin of the horses on display.
Backed by more than 30 years of experience, Frame Outlet's image wranglers know how to tackle any custom-framing project. Custom-built shadow boxes in colors from black to gold protect collectibles such as war medals, baseballs, or Tom Selleck's mustache. After selecting a suitable frame, a skilled specialist can help select a matte that adds extra oomph to the keepsake in question. Frame Outlet also carries a variety of premade frames, which can quickly make any room stand out like a mouthful of braces at prom.