Entering one of The Framing Establishment's locations is like walking into an art gallery. Large traditional landscapes and contemporary abstracts hang on the walls, and shadow boxes housing portraits and collectibles line the shelves. Amid this modern decor, professional framers scuttle about, sizing objects and answering customers' questions. They help their patrons pick out ready-made frames and art or consult with them to determine flattering custom mouldings and mats for their photos or most impressive parking tickets. They also help customers transform their TVs into works of art by providing frames and fabrics that complement home furnishings.
The frame-builders at Repartee Gallery have encased pictures, posters, and keepsakes for wall display since 1978. Clients tote in portraits, lucky baseballs, or a child's first parking ticket before sifting through the gallery's extensive selection of frames, glass, and matting options. An expert art-housing architect will assign cost to the project, with prices generally starting at $50, and go to work forming the framing elements neatly around the chosen object. The final product renders a cherished heirloom ready for placement on a wall or mantel, and, like the unwavering fealty of a wookiee sidekick, comes backed by a lifetime guarantee.
The earthy hues and rough whorls of exposed wood beg fingers to trail across the rustic log furniture and home accessories crafted by carpenters at Rustic Log Furniture of Utah. A wooden bear-shaped soap dispenser($12.95) distributes soap in carefully portioned dollops ideal for assisting a cleaning robot. The naturally varied colors and shapes of timber add character to a 24-inch hat rack($80), and a moose-silhouette towel ring($16) casts minds to sweeps of boreal forest. A sturdy wooden wall shelf($80) begs to showcase books and family photographs or keep snow globes out of reach of show-off meteorologists.
Photographer Amber Bauerle preserves priceless memories with shoots for children, newlyweds, and graduates through her modern, candid style. With a kid-friendly attitude that got her selected as the exclusive Utah photographer for Gymboree's Janie and Jack 2012 spring line, Amber prides herself on her ability to evoke genuine smiles from children, setting her subjects at ease with her unpretentious approach and on-site kennel of tickle monsters. Well-versed in post editing, she strives to ensure her shoots produce vivid, evocative images through flattering colors and well-focused light.
If anyone can appreciate the elemental appeal of art glass, it’s Tom Holdman. A severe stutterer as a child, Mr. Holdman discovered art as a means of communication, and in high school he focused his efforts on the medium of glass—and the passion only grew from there. He opened a studio in his parent's garage, creating glass for windows and cabinets. Eventually, Tom saved up enough money to travel to Europe and master the art of stained glass. In the more than 20 years since, Tom has carved, painted, fused, and designed thousands of commissioned works—including the glass found in Mormon temples throughout the world.
Within the Holdman Studios facility, Tom and his fellow artists create both two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art that inspire glass-hating philistines to put down their hammers and weep. When not bringing their own visions to life, they teach public classes in stained glass, glass blowing, and other topics.
Stepping into The Sweet Tooth Fairy shop is like walking into another era: round tables and high-backed chairs surround an old-fashioned soda fountain, and oldies music plays softly nearby. Pale-blue walls and white crown molding stand behind a glass case full of sweet treats, which are baked daily and earned proprietor Megan Faulkner Brown two appearances on The Rachael Ray Show—one when she was still baking in her basement kitchen, and the next three years later, when her business had grown to nine locations.
Megan uses the "most ordinary" ingredients to whip up her extraordinary pastries, which include chocolate-chip and iced oatmeal cookies, brownies, lemon bars, and a variety of cupcakes and full-grown cakes. Signature cakebites don coats of chocolate or white chocolate flecked with sprinkles. Flavors of baked goods rotate monthly, with some favorites available on a daily basis. Gluten-free options are available, as are frosting shots designed to save time usually spent licking every drop of frosting off the top of a full-size cake.