Things Remembered engraves charms, glassware, picture frames, and more to individualize everyday items with on-site personalization services. Diamond-tipped needles can etch surfaces with dates ($6), initials ($6), or fortune-cookie transcriptions ($3/word with two or more letters) in a variety of fonts, with premium fonts bestowing enhanced definition ($3+ extra). The store's staff of experts can assist customers with engraving decisions and are typically able to personalize in-store purchases before the end of the day and inscribe goods brought from home within 24 hours.
The Spirit of Clay studio is a relaxed and creative environment complete with a helpful and experienced staff ready to assist any creative endeavor. Select a piece of premade pottery ready to wear a decorative outer kimono, and then pick its favorite colors from more than 80 paint options. A daily studio fee (adults $9, kids 15 and under $6) covers all of the day's supplies as well as the clay firing, handled by the Spirit of Clay experts within five to seven days. Instill morning multi-vitamin habits with a painted daily reminder on morning mugs ($9), or add your self-portrait on a pot ($6–$50) to determine if you do indeed resemble President Chester A. Arthur.
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 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 a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Factory Lighting Center's staff can help patrons fashionably brighten homes and offices with an extensive selection of lighting, lighting fixtures, lighting accessories, and rare bulbs, delivered to the lightery from a revered roster of vendors. Enlighten murky corners with a table lamp ($69.95+) or illuminate a room filled with Mark McGwire baseball cards with a chandelier ($85+). Factory Lighting Center also carries a stock of home accessories, such as ceiling fans ($69.95+) and hard-to-find parts for lamps and fixtures. If your lamp is experiencing a problem, such as audibly crying when someone steps on the cord, the staff can speedily return the fixture to working order.
Ken's Flowers, a top-ranked Teleflora and FTD merchant, brims with an ambrosial array of bouquets, flanked by scented candles, fine wines, and a bevy of edible delights. A sun-drenched potted chrysanthemum beams photosynthetic love rays ($19.95), and delicate stargazer lilies nestle ethereally in a crystalline vase ($25). A dozen roses present an ideal means of identifying oneself to blind dates and showcasing powerful 12-rose-gripping jaw power ($25). The shop's blossom artists sculpt European-style, contemporary, and traditional bouquets, as well as dried and silk arrangements.
Artistic pursuits eat up most of Janné Peterson’s time each week. That’s because she’s an elementary art teacher with a master’s degree in graphic arts, fine arts, and art education; a specially trained portrait artist belonging to the Professional Photographers of Ohio; and the founding photographer of Janné Photographics. Janné snaps family portraits with a contemporary style, capturing loved ones linked arm-and-arm against the rich colors of scenic outdoor expanses where many of her on-location shoots take place. In studio, Janné makes use of colored backdrops, lighting setups, and talcum powder-scented air fresheners that cater towards baby photo sessions.