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.
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.
IWS's team of master muscle rejuvenators is led by owner Craig Danehy, who has applied his medical expertise to relieving aches and pains for more than a decade. The squad of special-ops stress softeners provide therapeutic massages to soothe sore bodies, calm the nerves of the preternaturally tense, relieve acute and chronic muscular pain, and help rehabilitate injured athletes and full-contact chess players. The warriors of this army of kneaders are all fully licensed and no-fault insurance specialists that cater to those with injuries from auto accidents. Craig's extracurriculars include the position of lead medical provider for the Gorilla Massage Fund, which helps provide relief to sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
Lynne Maher holds a Level I certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, as well as an organization certification from QC Design School. But the credentials mean nothing without the empathy and caring it takes to consolidate and systematize people's personal things. That's why Lynne describes herself as a 'confidential' professional organizer. She understands that while some projects are simple, others are far more sensitive, such as hoarding situations. Clients can also solicit Lynne for packrat storage consultations, closet organization, or cleverly hiding a roommate's things until the rent's been paid.