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.
Since 1995, Sierra Window Tint Company’s technicians have been making house calls—tinted window film in hand—to shield car and home interiors from the sun's heat and the eyes of strangers. Sun-Gard and Madico films offer 99% UV protection and reduce heat by up to 67%, which can result in lower energy bills and fewer instances of accidentally steamed vegetables. Every tint job is covered by a lifetime warranty that guarantees against fading, bubbling, and discoloration.
Today’s Patio carries a vast assortment of outdoor furniture, accessories, patio umbrellas, and seasonal items to properly festoon yards and porches. Cover-needy customers can shade themselves with a 9’ sesame market umbrella ($199), or swathe sun drenched seats with a 54” round table & chairs cover ($77.99), providing loving protection from the elements and clever covering from nearsighted thieving yetis. Utilizing gears, motors, and dozens of electronic sundials, the double faced hanging wall clock ($189) helps homeowners stay abreast of the time and ensures avian youth homes never miss a worm loaf Thursday meal again.
Each of Designer Art Direct's framers has at least 20 years of experience working with everything from Picassos to family portraits. The staff enhance their skills with thousands of frames and mats from heavyweight manufacturers such as Larson-Juhl. The seasoned framers won't balk at most two- and even three-dimensional subjects, and are happy to frame up valuables including sports memorabilia, photographs, and topographical Rubik's cube cheat sheets. The staff works with clients to make sure each piece of artwork finds a new frame home that meets its artistic and preservational needs. Customers can add extra security to valuable pieces by choosing conservation glass and museum mountings, or transform prints into original-looking art by asking for an acrylic texturing process that the staffers do by hand. Since all framing services are performed onsite, customers can expect a turnaround of a few days or opt for same-day service for an extra fee.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.