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.
Thread's eclectic selectic includes clothing from designers both local and international, as well as objects with which to dress homes. Honor the oft-neglected foot with OBEY Sierra Socks ($14), or locally source your bodycovering with Rochester-based Hell on Earth's "The Traitor" t-shirt ($24). Tattooed fashionistas can veil visages in a Belicia dress ($54) or Aileen top ($44) by Jack, while coffee commandoes can punch exhaustion in the face with a Knuckleduster mug ($16). The store's selection outstrips the online viewing options, so expect to find items by designers like Rise Up!, Beautiful Decay, KKBB, Vicki Hartman, Holly Hue, and many more laying in wait for you among the racks, ready to viciously smother you with style.
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.
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.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.