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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.
5052 S Power Rd
Mesa,
AZ
US
Countless repairs and home-remodeling projects can undoubtedly trace their lineage back to Paul's Ace Hardware, which began doling out DIY equipment and home-improvement supplies in 1956. Founded by Paul E. Dauwalder, the shop quickly expanded from its original 1,800-square-foot space, branching out to five shops that now operate beneath the expert eye of Paul's granddaughter. Cleaning products, outdoor equipment, and pool supplies are just a fragment of the stores' inventory, with power tools awaiting steady hands, fishing gear beckoning lake dwellers, and building materials—including the Tempe location's 56,000 square feet of lumber—standing poised and ready to be assembled into dams by handy beavers. Still in the city of its founding, the Scottsdale location has moved and upgraded to its own building.
1927 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert,
AZ
US
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.
2720 S Market St
Gilbert,
AZ
US
The culinary crew at Rosa Blanca Café whips up a menu loaded with regional Mexican bites that incorporate locally sourced meat and seasonal ingredients. Commence jaw-gnashing journeys with the ensalada casera, a meat-free mix of jícama, radish, avocado, and pepitas, topped with citrus vinaigrette ($6.29).
53 N Val Vista Dr
Gilbert,
AZ
US
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.
2244 E Williams Field Rd
Gilbert,
AZ
US
Whether they're knitting novices or seasoned enthusiasts, a trip to Arizona Yarn & Fiber is bound to delight visitors' senses. That's because the shop stocks yarn in a rainbow of colors and a wide spectrum of textures, appealing to the eyes and also laying soft against the skin. These yarns are sourced from renowned makers, such as Misti Alpaca, a brand operated by fourth-generation Alpaca fiber workers, and Manos del Uruguay, a nonprofit organization that employs more than 400 Uruguayan artisans. These yarns are impressive on their own, but what can be created with them is even more remarkable. Arizona Yarn & Fiber's experts teach students how to knit, spin, and crochet fibers into garments during workshops held in the shop. Groups learn knitting basics, such as the garter and stockinette stitch during these sessions. Some classes focus on freeform work, and others center around creating specific garments such as cardigan sweaters or face covers that hide your tears during the sad parts of movies.
3133 South Lindsay Road
Gilbert,
AZ
US
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