Hop online to get acquainted with the artists whose work lies just beyond Craft Company No. 6's whimsically adorned doors. Packrats can store tin-foil origami in a five-point star marquetry box ($40), hand-crafted by artisan Gary White, while time-travelers can track their temporal tours with a mini arch clock, made by craftsman Mark Diebolt ($35). Adorn your aural organs with Jane Barthelemy's latest creations, the Strawberry Cream earrings ($44), or ride the wobbly musical note look of the recycled-glass Mayapple Wave ear ornaments ($33). For a more edible accoutrement, try out Screamin' Mimi's Sweet Hot Salsa ($6.50), ideal for scooping up with nachos or simply eating from the top of an ice cream cone.
Preferred Plants’ 5,000-square-foot warehouse features artificial botanicals and home décor specifically designed to spruce up decks, halls, walls, tabletops, and more. Enliven drab corners with Preferred Plants' life-like floral accents, including eucalyptus ($5), freesia ($12.50), and daffodils ($8.50). Handcrafted trees provide shade from fluorescent cubicle lighting, and hanging baskets make ideal landing spots for the office chimpanzee. For houses in need of a sweeping transformation, Preferred Plants also matches living rooms with furniture, window treatments, floor coverings, light fixtures, and more.
After adoring the eclectic style of city boutiques, Pamela Kramer opened Urban Essentialz, a shop packed with funky housewares, gifts, and fashion. Bath products from Pre de Provence pamper with quadruple-milled French soaps ($6.95/250g) and organic shave soap ($18), the preferred cheek-smoother of Rip Van Winkle. Stylistas can browse a huge selection of scarves and accessories, such as a bright pashmina ($22.50) and bold jewelry ($18+). Home goods, such as a pewter table clock ($24.50) and a hand-painted curio chest ($36), blend practicality with style, and a window-mounted Swarovski crystal rainbow maker ($27.95) casts rainbows on walls to brighten rooms or summon a legion of battle-ready Care Bears.
Gateway has matted masterpieces, protected posters, shielded still lives, and framed photographs since 1984. Offering artwork enthusiasts thousands of frame-molding options, Gateway's creative staff consults with collectors and connoisseurs so that cherished canvas surfaces correspond visually with the colors and designs of the frame. UV-ray protective glass prevents pieces from falling victim to the cultural-deconstructionist rays of the sun, ensuring that Mona Lisa's smile doesn't fall into a frown or that the letters identifying Timmy's hard-earned PhD don't melt into a Rorschach inkblot. Museum-quality matting beautifies everything from Monets to baby pictures, and mirror-framing services bestow borders to reflective glass. Framing services appeal to objects and art of any size, allowing clients to adorn walls with favorite sports jerseys, ticket stubs, or portraits of previous walls.
Poster Art's climate-controlled, 3,000-square-foot warehouse, nestled amidst the eclectic shops of Monroe Avenue, lines its walls with racks of posters, prints, and canvas transfers. The company partners with Ebay, Art.com, and Allposters.com to special-order rare items, such as out-of-print posters and captures of Thomas Jefferson in a speedo. Glossy Jim Morrison and Red Hot Chili Peppers images keep company with fine-art, lithograph, and vintage pieces. High-quality framing and wood-plak-mounting materials trim posters, protecting them from the elements and impromptu condiment explosions.