The owner-artists at Portland Picture Frame summon a combined three decades of experience as they nestle paintings, photos, kids' art, tickets, and other wall cargo into custom-assembled frames. The store’s professional designers consult with customers to begin the decision-making process, choosing from hundreds of frames and mats, including deep shadow boxes, filigreed gold, mat-black finishes, and artfully arranged lincoln logs. Glass can also be customized, with options from regular clear to museum quality. Portland Picture Frame's staff also applies their expertise when meticulously restoring art. Their trained eyes offer complimentary in-home or office consultations in the Portland metro area.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
A small group of artists walks past racks of tassels, fringes, and beads, dragging fingers gently across the myriad textures of more than 2,000 bolts of fabric. The Instock Fabrics show room wraps and rolls a rainbow of textiles and accessories that beg to be converted into slipcovers, drapes, or a friend for a lonely kite that keeps trashing the house. Tags from popular brands, such as Covington, Waverly, and Braemore, dapple the aisles, and a gallery for custom orders parades more than 20,000 additional fabrics, distinct trims, and pieces of hardware. After perusing swatches for a bedspread or a pillowcase, patrons can suss out the tablecloth situation or utilize a set of precut curtains as a vine-style swing to perfect their Tarzan bellow.
For more than 35 years, the paint-your-own-ceramics studio has encouraged brush wielders of all skill levels to let their artistic instincts take over as they personalize premade bisqueware. A red façade and teal awning beckon passersby into the shop, where more than 1,000 ceramic figurines, ornaments, magnets, and vases wait to be brought to life with colorful brushstrokes, glitter, chalk, and jumpstarts from a car battery. Bricker Brac Ceramics’ expert instructors host classes, parties, and group events that guide unsure brush brandishers and foster creativity.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.