At Westwood Gallery, owners Mike and Lore Fitzsimmons celebrate their love for beautiful artwork with museum-quality preservation and framing of paintings and pictures. Everyone on staff boasts a background in art, allowing them to match a painting's style and period with the perfect frame and also consider the decor back at the customer's house. They can create original oil paintings from photographs, restore weathered paintings and photos, and brighten up bathroom vanities and bedroom walls with custom-framed mirrors. As longtime residents of Westwood, the owners promote the local creative community by hosting gallery parties, setting up photography exhibits, and challenging passersby to define "art" in one sentence or less.
The artisans at Express Frames preserve photos, artwork, and mementos with more than 2,000 custom and archival frames by brands such as Larson-Juhl and Roma Moulding. They cut mats with a precise, computerized process, and offer more than 10 types of glass—including nonreflective glass, museum-quality glass, and Plexiglas. The art in the shop dances off framed mirrors by Uttermost, and staffers display signed Steiner Sports prints of athletes hitting homeruns or successfully untangling a whole bunch of Christmas lights.
Rosenberg Electronic Window Treatments outsmarts the sun with high-tech, custom shading solutions. Lutron and other brands of motorized blinds obey an electronic controller, quietly lowering when commanded to reduce glare on computer and television screens and protecting furniture and sunburn-prone family members from invading UV rays. A talented technician can deftly install these treatments in new buildings or retrofit existing window sockets to accommodate their robotic workings, helping homeowners save on heating, cooling and lighting costs as blinds gracefully plié and jeté upon windowsill stages. Although pricing for custom window treatments vary, a 6'x6' window treatment with installation costs about $1,500.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
You never know what you’ll find at Buddy’s Small Lots. It might be a rechargeable kids’ go-kart, or a portable, pop-up beach canopy to keep the sun from staring at you in your swimsuit. Or it might be a Sunbeam stand mixer, the latest as-seen-on-TV invention, or a wood patio table. In any case, what it will be is steeply discounted. With a rapidly changing inventory of brand-new items, Buddy’s is just about impossible to sum up. Along with outfitting a home or dispatching holiday shopping in one swoop, customers can leave with the makings of a decent meal—the store also sells popular brands of milk, eggs, canned goods, and other grocery staples.
Decorators Fabric Outlet stocks rows of delicate fabrics sold by the yard. The family-owned business selects textiles from brand names such as Robert Allen, Duralee, and Beacon Hill, which can be fashioned into everything from curtains and throw pillowcases to furniture upholstery and sheets for bashful ghosts. Decorators Fabric Outlet even transforms the act of sitting from a humdrum chore to a posh pursuit with cushions for outdoor patios, boats, and campers.