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.
Like fancy suits, sofa sets are sewn from the same cut of fabric. These matching sets provide a well-rounded look in living rooms, but near misses tend to clash due to their small differences. At 20 show rooms throughout the western US, Mor Furniture for Less arranges complete-room sets so customers can envision the collections in their own homes. Furniture for living rooms, dining rooms, and children's rooms can be found in each store along with individual lamps, tables, and entertainment centers. The stores also carry complete sets of beds, dressers, and nightstands so that homeowners don’t receive criticism from design bloggers in their dreams.
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Baby to Baby's selective buyers examine the offerings of many consigners, filling the shop with useful equipment and toys for kids as well as with garments for infants, teens, and women in the midst of maternity. Strollers, car seats, and high chairs by brands such as Bugaboo and Graco keep children or prized teddy bears safe and comfortable. Maternity blouses clothe swelling bellies, and apparel by companies such as Abercrombie and Nike make shopping trips desirable for all ages. Patrons can bring in outgrown baby equipment or apparel to receive monetary compensation, store credit, or a vest woven out of gold stars.:m]]
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.
With more than 1,100 stores in 14 countries, Edible Arrangements brightens birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations with bushels of fresh fruit bouquets carved into myriad floral arrays. Fresh-cut fruit disguised as flowers or hand dipped in gourmet chocolates in 6- or 12-piece boxes make for quick gifts or edible apologies for eating the last piece of mistletoe. Selections include a dozen chocolate apple wedges that lie beneath salty and sweet sprinklings of coconut and almonds ($39), or 12 dipped strawberries that don creamy suits of semisweet or white chocolate ($32).
The designers at Art Heads Custom Framing preserve portraits, paintings, collectibles, and family heirlooms. These aesthetic experts—who recently framed a pair of gloves formerly inhabited by Marilyn Monroe's hands—consult with clients to customize a frame based on clients' display preferences, the significance of the memorabilia, and whether soon-to-be-framed items might attempt escape. Using these designations, clients draw inspiration from more than 3,000 frame samples to craft frames that include such touches as decorative mouldings and UV-resistant glass.