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.
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.
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.
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.
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.