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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–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $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.
Far more than an emporium of colorful textile patterns, Urban Burp holds over 5 tons of vintage fabric dating back to the early 20th century, collecting original vintage threads that weave memory and nostalgia into their very fabric. The studio takes its unusual name from the intense experience of recognition that seeing and touching a piece of familiar pattern can bring. "All that emotion has been shoved down into the lower chakras and all of a sudden it takes one piece of fabric to bring you back to that place," owner Electra Skilandat told The San Francisco Chronicle. She continues to elicit that response with bolts of cloth decorated with the floral designs and abstract art of the 1920s, or the bold color mixtures and fractal patterns that were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Skilandat traces her love affair with textile design back to her childhood in Boston, where her mother lovingly hand-crafted all of her clothes for school and play. Over the years, Electra amassed a collection of over 1,000 bolts of fabric and experience in interior decor. After the death of her only son, she rediscovered her creative instincts, opening the fabric shop with upholstery and drapery services that would precede Urban Burp's stunning display of warp and weft. As guests peruse the studio's ample supply of original vintage pictorial and patterned designs, sewing patterns, and notions, Skilandat unfurls her decades of wisdom during interior decor consultations.
Effectively capturing significant moments on film is a specialized art form, which can go unrecognized if not displayed well. To help their clients showcase their treasured memories in sophisticated arrangements, Photograph & Frame’s staff developed a system they call “modular picture framing.” This system cuts on cost, using a premade selection of framing goods. Clients can mix and match standardized museum-quality mats and frames, which are all-wood and locally made, to create design-magazine-worthy photo wallscapes. The staff also preserves photos with custom-framing options, cutting mats and forming frames to fit especially large family photos and snapshots that spill into the fifth dimension.
They’ve also curated a selection of photographs from local artists and archives to help patrons decorate their homes in sweeping seascapes and bustling city streets. To ensure the photos’ quality and level of detail, most of the images are developed in a darkroom on Fuji Crystal Archive papers.
General Beads overflows with brilliant beads, gems, and sparkling rhinestones, patiently waiting to bring dreamed-up craft projects to fruition. Whether looking to create a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece or a beaded taxicab, hand-crafting artists will discover a wide selection of suitable beads and adornments, such as Swarovski crystal rhinestones ($1 for 12 pieces), Czech bugle-seed beads ($5.50 for a hank), and Czech 4mm round beads ($2.75 for 100 pieces). String bold beads and gleaming gems together with a variety of materials, such as gold-plate cable chain ($1.65/ft.), Soft-Flex beading wire ($9.60 for 30 ft.), or tasty cinnamon dental floss. With an attentive and informed staff on hand to answer questions and give advice, bead buffs will have no problem locating the supplies and inspiration needed to create memorable gifts and name-brand counterfeit moccasins.
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Backed by more than seven decades of dedicated services, FLAX supports the local art community. The store boasts a massive, expansive interior stocked with a pupil-widening 40,000+ items—including paints, brushes, canvasses, calendars, blank bound books, age-appropriate art kits, and practically anything related to stroking, sketching, molding, framing, journaling, revolutionizing, and mind-caressing. Students and pros alike can open up the art box and toss in a few glossy Montana paint tubes ($6.75 each), industry-standard Copic Sketch Markers ($5.89 each), and oil-based DecoColor Paint Markers ($2.79–$2.99), while fashionista artisans remix essentials with inspired Cavallini 2011 planners ($13.95) and cute, inedible yet enviable KOKO 2010 lunch bags ($24–$29.50).
The third annual Ceramics Annual of America expo takes over Festival Hall in San Francisco, bringing with it thousands of visitors and a diverse array of ceramics. Dozens of featured artists—who hail from California as well as from farther-flung locales such as Mexico and Italy—offer professional insight via artist-panel discussions and display their wares at personal kiosks. These works range from decorative statues and figures to functional pottery, conceptual art, and recreations of King Tut’s favorite dish set.
Eastwind Books & Arts curates a large collection of Chinese- and English-language texts, which are split into two sections in the shop’s lower level digs. Customers can leaf through books on modern Chinese medicine, literature, and culture, or curl up with a dictionary for a bit of light reading. The shop also sells stationary and computer software.
Local bookstores are increasingly becoming an endangered species, but in a perfect world, every neighborhood in America would have its own Browser Books. As a beloved and unchanged San Francisco institution since 1976, Browser provides just enough eclectic disorder to give it a well-loved appearance. It’s the kind of place where you could probably read an entire novel deep in the stacks somewhere, without anyone bothering you. The psychology, Eastern religion and cookbook sections are especially treasure-laden, but a peek at the vintage titles in the children’s section will leave any adult transfixed with nostalgia. Or, better yet, inspire a lifelong love of reading in any budding bookworm. Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights might be lined with upscale boutiques, but unpretentious Browser Books remains as cozy as a sweater and a cup of tea.
Located in the sometimes risky but definitely blossoming tech-friendly mid-Market area, Blick Art Materials is a large, student-friendly location of the national art supply chain. The creatively idyllic store features an approachable layout, competitive prices and helpful service from knowledgeable staff. Customers should be prepared to check their bags before filling their baskets with quality art supplies of all kinds, including DIY goodies; quality paper and stationery; paints and brushes; art books and kits; and gifts for artists of all ages. For finished works, custom framing is also available, as are finished prints to be purchased as-is and hung in your own home. Students from the nearby university can take 10% off of their total bill, and parking for everyone is validated with a $25 purchase.
Though some might argue that four years old is too young for a biography, four year olds might disagree. That’s where MyChronicleBooks’ fully personalized books come in. Decorated with a child’s name, favorite color, and photo, each book connects with children like no other by making them the star of the story. Kids unleash their imaginations as they devour pages of storybooks by authors and illustrators featured on The New York Times best sellers list. Personalized tales describe their daily life as a princess, pirate, or simply a big brother or sister. Beyond books, the online store can also personalize other children’s gifts, such as lunchboxes, notebooks, growth charts, and school supplies.
Self-described as “the oldest black bookstore in the country”, Marcus Book Stores remains as vital as ever. The narrow storefront in the Fillmore has seen more than half a decade of business come through its wood and glass front door, and has long been home to student pamphleteers and a strong activist tradition. While time has largely quieted the colorful shop, the long-running bookstore remains a must for any book tour author from across the African American diaspora. Speakers and patrons have included James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, August Wilson, Bell Hooks, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey, as well as hundreds of fledgling authors chronicling the African American experience. A stop into Marcus reveals a calm, intelligent oasis amid a neighborhood in perpetual flux.
In the age of digital downloads, finding an actual bookstore is no easy task. It’s even more surprising, then, that Alexander Book Company spans three entire stories, while staying true to their independent spirit. Locally-owned and operated in the heart of downtown San Francisco, between Union Square and the Financial District, Alexander’s carries books for every brain. Their huge selection and open space occupies three floors, making for a great place to spend a few hours or an entire afternoon. Peruse the stacks, pull out some favorites or just grab a seat to browse the first couple of pages of your next favorite read. Aside from current new release and national best-sellers, Alexander’s also shows their love for local San Francisco authors and chefs by featuring many of their books and publications.
FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame’s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.
Scribd is the Netflix of books. Members access the entire online library for a flat fee, and what a library it is?more than 500,000 books. Their selection encompasses New York Times bestsellers, romance novels, sci-fi thrillers, the latest Lonely Planet travel guides, and more.
The technology is as user-friendly as the library is big. The e-books work on all types of gadgets, including iPhones, Androids, Nook HD, iPads, Kindle Fires, and select tamagotchis. Read on one device, and your progress will be synced across all your other ones. What's more, users don't need the internet to get their reading done?the books can all be saved offline.