In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
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Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
The Apple-aficionados at MacMedia, Inc. service dinged-up or malfunctioning Apple computers and mobile devices. At one of MacMedia’s two locations, Apple-certified technicians will replace iPod touch or iPhone screens ($99–$199) cracked by sidewalk freefalls and Mike Tyson videos. Software optimization, malware removal, or video-card configuration ($95) can help slouching computer performance perk up, and a logic-board installation ($140) will restore reason to a machine questioning its place in the animal kingdom. Customers may also summon a patrolling technician for on-site service ($125/hour; please see link for more information). With a MacMedia specialist’s personal tutelage and technological acumen, OSX programs such as iPhoto and GarageBand will shed their garments of inscrutability, and finicky hardware and software may calm down enough to handle requests without ejecting keys in a panic. Stop by a MacMedia, Inc. location for service, or call ahead for an in-home appointment.
The veteran marketing and real-estate professionals who teach at Arizona Academy of Real Estate frequently update course content to keep students in step with Arizona's real-estate and lending-licensing requirements. In-class or online programs prepare students to market and sell properties or become real-estate brokers who use their skills to assist either buyers or sellers.
Potential mortgage brokers and loan originators learn the ethics, mortgage laws, and secret handshakes necessary to gain bankers' trust, and practicing real-estate and lending agents can update their reservoir of knowledge with continuing-education classes. Once students earn their seller's wings, the academy's list of career partners gives new agents an opportunity to meet with local real-estate leaders and compare smiles.
At 18 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, Delia's team inspects, maintains, and cleans all manner of clothing and fabric, enhancing this service with free pickup and delivery. Founded in 1969, they're careful to ensure that each item gets the right kind of treatment. Sturdy material such as wool and cotton undergoes the standard cleaning. More delicate fabrics and garments with beads or sequins—cowboy outfits, for example—go through a gentler method that prevents any damage. To keep customers in the know, they've documented their means of fabric care in explicit detail online. Delia's crew also works to sew buttons back on, replace zippers, and make alterations.