FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and with the 30-day design guarantee, clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' décor. FastFrame also offers a lifetime craftmanship guarantee.
Paintable canvases are ripe for the picking by customers at Bare Ware Pottery Studio. After selecting the design, guests create their painting with suggested color choices, or they can pick their own. Armed with the provided aprons, paint brushes, and paint pallets, staff guide customers of all skill levels in creating a gorgeous painting that can be taken home right away.
Fine Line Engravers & Gifts helps its clients celebrate almost any occasion with custom-engraved picture frames, Christmas ornaments, and wedding gifts. In addition to the display of one-of-a-kind engraved jewelry, centerpieces, toys, an family heirlooms, the local store helps shoppers make birthdays and anniversaries special with handbags, collegiate knickknacks, plates, and cutlery.
Standard Furniture traces its origins back to 1912, when a local family began traveling through Birmingham, peddling fine household furniture out of a wagon. Four generations later, the business has blossomed into 13 retail stores throughout Alabama and Tennessee, and its century-long commitment to quality furniture and customer service won it the Alabama Retail Association’s Silver Award as one of the Retailers of the Year in 2011. Each gallery abounds with bedroom, living-room, and dining-room furniture from top designers such as Lane, along with mattresses in a range of shapes and styles from brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, and Jamison. At each location, a knowledgeable staff awaits to offer design counsel, suggesting pieces that best suit a household’s style or will hold up against a disobedient pet woodchuck.
In The Art Escape’s student gallery, dozens of burgeoning artists proudly smile beside their work. Through painting parties and a calendar of regular classes, the studio's instructors ease students into the creative process with step-by-step instructions that result in a complete painting to take home or sneak into the local art museum to see if anyone notices. In these structured yet creative sessions, small groups of artists unholster their brushes to have fun while gaining confidence in painting fundamentals. Floral arrangements, still lifes, and nature scenes emerge from surprisingly simple techniques, ready to stand proudly on the wall of any room.