With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24x36 pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Rainbow Arts & Crafts fosters creativity with a spread of art supplies and adds a finishing touch to final projects with an on-site framing department. Stock up on art and craft necessities for hobbies ranging from painting to scrapbooking to competitive stickering. Colored pencils, charcoal, and pastels ($0.99+) enhance sketchbook doodles, and pins and needles ($2.52–$12.99) and thread ($5.25–$27.99) coalesce to fashion custom needlepoint and stitchery. For the oven inclined, an arsenal of baking supplies, such as molds ($2.49+), cake pans ($9.99), and cookie-cutters ($0.59), provide all the tools necessary to make a vagrant gingerbread man feel at home. For patrons unable to find the materials they need in-store, Rainbow will gladly special order and supply most items within one week.
At Busy Bees Pottery & Arts Studio, aspiring artists of all ages gather to paint, sculpt, and cure handmade treasures of fused glass and glazed clay, creating one-of-a-kind keepsakes. Seasoned artists guide groups as they brighten up bare earth with an unlimited supply of paints, glazes, and tools. Students learn to decorate pottery pieces, fuse glass into otherworldly colors and shapes, put paint to canvas, or hand-build their own clay armies of garden gnomes. After clients finish their masterpieces, technicians fire clay and glass artwork at in-house kilns.
The Potomac Bead Company nurtures gemstone devotees in an environment geared toward creative inspiration. Trained instructors offer a schedule of classes with options appropriate for neophytes as well as more advanced artists. Basic Beading 101 offers an entry into the world of necklace-and-bead stringing, and the Intro to Wire Working class imbues the brain's creative centers with skills in link, coil, and clasp making. Intermediate metal manipulators can combine wire and beads to improve hand-eye coordination with a wire ring. Make utilitarian wristwatches jealous with a glittering diagonal stitch Swarovski bracelet. Other options include seed beading, wire weaving, and hemp-jewelry seminars. Children's beading classes for ages 7–13 offer a sense of creative accomplishment to youngsters who can't yet craft life-size sculptures of muscular Greek children.
Owner Nancy Nagle stocks a colorful rainbow of knitting supplies in her bright and eccentric gallery, which has become a go-to outlet for the local knitting community. To meet the demand, she constantly stuffs her shelves with new styles of material, ranging from traditional yarns to luxury fibers—banana, recycled silk, and Wookiee fur—to carry-along yarns with sequins, flags, and lash. Nagle’s passion for fiber arts has introduced her to a community of artists who dye and spin some of her more than 20 brands of yarn. She uses the shop as a gallery to display the work of these local artists—including Philadelphia native John Stango—as well as share her own bold collection of woven work such as hats, shawls, and sweaters.
City Paper's A.D. Amorosi describes the two-floor Nangellini as a "doubly colorful" space as "bright and open as a bay window in Sag Harbor." Amorosi admires the gallery's art collection, and between the vibrant space's "faux-tin ceiling" and "matronly rugs," Nancy leads open and privately scheduled classes on knitting, crochet, and lace work. Classes cover all the basic techniques required for newcomers to begin creating their own woven pieces, such as scarves and felt toupees.
Children crawl, climb, and careen through The Little Treehouse's sprawling wonderland, pausing only to dine with their parents at a café that Main Line Today named one of 2011's Best Restaurants for Kids. Socked feet scale sophisticated play structures and scream sonnets into pillow piles under colorful mobiles while high-quality wooden toys sow new synapses. Guests can stretch imaginations and limbs during yoga and movement classes, somersault through tumbling classes for different age groups, and schmooze with peers during seasonal and private events. Between romping sessions, tots can don bibs for a helping of organic, sugar-free applesauce at the café, where parents sip fair-trade coffee whilst navigating free WiFi and reminiscing about the steam-powered web browsers of their youth. The kitchen is open for lunch every day and for dinner Wednesday–Sunday, filling a wholesome menu with pasta, paninis, and brick-oven pizzas wrought with whole-wheat dough and local ingredients whenever possible. In clement conditions, adults can bring a bottle of wine to the outdoor terrace to watch their children play with bubbles and write chalk prescriptions for cootie remedies.