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.
Frame Central, where the upbeat, fun-loving staff works alongside customers preserving their artwork and keepsakes. Frame Central prides itself on its expedient one-day framing. Staffers have devoted years to learning how to craft custom frames fast without sacrificing quality. For one thing, they keep all their materials on hand, saving on time spent sending off for special orders. For another, customers can design and make the frames themselves or meet staffers halfway by allowing them to professionally cut the materials for easy home assembly.
Out of a small French apartment in the mid-1990s, Vistaprint began by supplying modest quantities of customizable business cards to small business owners. With proprietary technology and an online design experience, Vistaprint expanded and made personalized marketing materials affordable and accessible for everyone. Today, the company's arsenal of web-based design tools allows small business owners and consumers to create unique materials by adding personalized text, photos, and designs to thousands of templates for items ranging from calendars and mugs to T-shirts and holiday cards.
The all-female team behind Satin Studios snaps steamy boudoir photos for clients to share with their significant others within a posh downtown studio. In Satin Studio's spa-like environment, photographers and staff pamper clients to help them feel comfortable and at ease. If clients choose, a resident stylist can provide expert hairstyling and makeup application. Once primped, subjects work with photographers who help bring out their flirtatious side, snapping pictures at angles that flatter the subject's body shape in a variety of themes including retro pinup, soft and romantic, classic black and white, or fun, storytelling looks such as sexy cowgirl or sultry nurse. Aside from boudoir photography, the team also performs bridal, glamour, pinup, and burlesque photo shoots.
Street Roots lends the homeless community a voice, showcasing contributors' original stories, poems, and artwork. Through its publication, more than 300 homeless and low-income vendors are given the chance to earn a daily income and improve their self-sufficiency. Each newspaper sells for $1, with the individual vendor keeping $0.75 of each dollar earned. Vendors traverse the Portland area, providing them greater chances to sell their stock and exposing more readers to the alternative newspaper. To help vendors carry their stock, Street Roots provides cloth handle bags to each individual, making transportation easier and keeping the newspapers in better condition for public sale.
With more than a decade of experience producing urban and pop music, Kyle “Terminill” Steckley of Flatline Studios captures crystal-clear versions of clients’ tunes with professional recording, mixing, and mastering services. Clients settle into the private, comfortable studio to lay down solo vocal tracks or back up their melodies with an instrument. Musicians can croon into Peluso VTB or Blue Baby Bottle microphones, pound out tunes on keyboards, or moderate their volume to spell out “Let's Rock” with receivers’ blinking readouts. For the mixing, Terminill equalizes all tracks before layering sonic threads together for a polished, professional sound. Finished tunes emerge once Terminill masters tracks into radio-ready singles.