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Though FLOAT's neon sign is small and easy to miss in the window of a converted historic cotton mill, its interior is anything but unremarkable. The artist-owned urban art spa stimulates the mind with work from established and rising local artists and submerges clients in warm, dark chambers that relieve bodies of their senses. These floatation therapy sessions enhance relaxation and open up channels of creativity, freeing brains from the incessant digital stimulation and algebraic speed-limit signs of the outside world. While enclosed inside the tank, clients float in a weightless state in a solution composed of 1,000 pounds of medical-grade Epsom salts and water. There, air, water, and skin become alike—refreshing the nerves while recharging the mind more efficiently than sleep. Complementing floatation sessions are massage services that enhance already relaxed states.

1091 Calcot Place #116
Oakland,
CA
US

KODAK's simple, intuitive online interface makes it easy for casual shutterbugs to quickly transform their cherished snapshots into professional-grade prints, cards, books, and calendars. Use today's Groupon to lock roaming memories inside a plush photobook prison for controlled reminiscing. DIY designers, meanwhile, may choose to use their Groupon for holiday cards, enabling them to spam friends, family, and secret family with artistic salutations crafted from KODAK's more than 1,000 traditional, modern, and vintage designs. In both photobooks and holiday cards, KODAK's auto-correct technology eliminates common image flaws on your pictures, reducing red-eye, blurring, and vampire sparkles to guarantee cards, books, and calendars look their best.

1480 64th St
Emeryville,
CA
US

The Thousand Oaks Art Gallery is located in Berkeley, CA, and features the work of local artists. Painters, photographers, jewelers, metal and wood sculptors display their creations for your enjoyment. Please visit us soon!

886 Colusa Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Since the shop opened in 1974, Frame-O-Rama's team has mastered all sorts of techniques to preserve family photos, works of art, and other frame-able objects. "We've framed ceremonial objects such as christening gowns and shoes, and African walking sticks. My personal favorite was a signed Willie Mays baseball with a signed and mounted print of him playing stickball back in Brooklyn," Frame-O-Rama manager Matt Miller said in an interview with SFGate.

See below for more details on their various techniques.

  • Closed-Corner Handcrafted Frames: Closed-corner frames are Frame-O-Rama's specialty, as the staff makes the frame moulding out of hardwood or gold and silver. They do everything by hand, including carving wood or leafing metal.
  • Leather-Wrapped Moulding: These frames arrive from Peru?Frame-O-Rama's team adds custom touches, such as stitches or cowboy buckles.
  • Shadow Boxes: Pretty much anything that doesn't require refrigeration or frequent human contact can go in one of Frame-O-Rama's shadow boxes. Framing bugs, sports jerseys, and wedding bouquets are just a few possibilities
  • Matting and glass: Frame-O-Rama uses museum-quality materials, including UV-blocking glass and matting wrapped in all sorts of materials, such as linen or velvet.

2999 College Ave
Berkeley,
CA
US

Paul Mahder Gallery showcases contemporary works of art and every two months, presents new exhibits created by painters, sculptors, and photographers from around the globe. Opened in conjunction with the gallery in 2007, Paul Mahder Framing extends the shop's services into the realm of preservation, helping customers artfully safeguard keepsakes without having to freeze them in a mixture of finger-paint and carbonite. Head designer Richard Plagmann and expert framer Jonathan W. Wind join forces to encase a wide range of items, from 3-D objects and family portraits to oversized mementos. They also offer complementary onsite consultations, and every project is completed in house.

3378 Sacramento St
San Francisco,
CA
US

It’s not everyone who can flip through comics and see a unique art form, but Leef Smith, the owner of Mission: Comics & Art, makes that connection. Leef grew up on a steady diet of Star Wars, X-Men, and Crisis on Infinite Earths—and when the dotcom bust ended his career in the internet industry, it was to superheroes he returned. He founded his comic store and art gallery, where a collection of just-released comic books and displayed artwork form a hub of creativity. Keeping to his communal missive, Leef rents out graphic novels—the lending library currently consists of roughly 120 books—and holds monthly comic book club meet-ups.

3520 20th St
San Francisco,
CA
US