Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Get some quirky, heartfelt inspiration for less with today’s side deal. For $25, you’ll get a framed 11’’x14’’ StoryPeople print from Sense of Wonder. This North Andover shop is a haven for local artists, artisans, and Dwarven smithing guilds. Along with its many one-of-a-kind items, Sense of Wonder is the only store in the Boston area that sells the popular StoryPeople line.
The friendly butchers at Prime: Your Trusted Butcher might make their jobs look effortless, but their work is varied and complicated. Sometimes, they're explaining the difference between a ribeye and a sirloin to a customer; other times, they're hand-cutting a piece of grass-fed beef to a client's specifications; still other times, they're working with chicken and pork, meats which, like the beef, are locally-sourced and antibiotic-free. They'll even track down cuts they don't have on hand, if that's what clients need.
It all sounds like the attention to craft and detail that you'd find at a specialty shop, but Prime: Your Trusted Butcher does more than meat. It's also a grocery store, with fresh vegetables, gourmet cheeses, artisanal breads delivered daily, and assorted beers and spirits. The team just wants their clients to eat well, regardless of what they're hungry for?so much so that they post their tastiest recipes to their website or sky-write them above the city.
It's not every day that online shopping includes as much personal attention as you get from Stoneside Blinds. In most areas, their online-shopping process starts off with a free house call from a designer, who helps clients pick out materials and styles for their window dressing. Once the client has made their choices, the company can send out teams to measure the window frames and, later, install the final product for a flat fee; fees are waived for orders over $1,000. Their handiwork, and the blinds themselves, are backed by a rigorous guarantee that lets customers change their minds within 30 days and safeguards against defects up to a year later, so customers never have to cover up faulty blinds with a poster of their backyard. The only online part of their signature process, really, is placing the order. Minutes after the order is placed, the team at the production warehouse gets to work making it a reality, whether it's roller shades in a custom fabric, sleek solar shades, or classic wooden blinds.