The experts at Back to the Picture preserve artwork and keepsakes in both readymade and custom frames. For the latter, technicians create cut-to-fit mouldings and mats for your treasured photo, painting, or self-portrait in macaroni before placing it behind glass with antireflective or nonglare technology. An 11"x14" piece of art with a basic wood frame, regular mat and regular glass typically starts around $150. Helpful staff members can also help visitors pick out the perfect frame.
A family business since 1873, Patrick & Co. can match mindful office workers with hard-to-find and eco-friendly items. Tree coddlers can choose a Kraft 1-inch binder, whose covers are fashioned from dye-free recycled material ($3.83). Cubicle conquerors can cocoon their phones in invisible tape to muffle any obnoxious Citizen Kane-inspired ring tones ($13.95/dozen), and brave accountants can fashion impenetrable armor from yellow Post-it notes before taking on the dreaded office copier ($16.74/dozen pads). To support typing-taxed joints, an Innovera mousepad's gel pad conforms to the shape of your wrist ($19.99).
The Economist's globe-spanning scope, comprehensive analysis, and crushing, unflinching grasp on world economics keep subscribers up-to-date on world news, politics, and business. In addition to the weekly publications—including the magazine's more than 20 special reports and its technology quarterly—all subscribers also get unrestricted access to the online site, with a fully searchable archive dating back to the Neolithic Internet era (1997), as well as free access to The Economist in audio, which includes the option to listen to digital recordings of all print articles or to download them as a weekly podcast. Print subscribers to The Economist also receive "The World in 2012," a special annual volume that predicts trends for the coming year. Digital subscribers do not have access to "The World in 2012." For updates on the go or “on the sitting down on a park bench enjoying the scenery,” both digital and print subscribers can access The Economist on an iPhone, iPad, or Android; every photo, article, chart, and Big Mac index is delivered to subscribers' devices by Thursday at 4 p.m. eastern time.
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.
The copy connoisseurs at Electric Works, a combination gallery and fine-art press, collaborate with individual artists to create high-quality digital reproductions of photographs, prints, and paintings. The aestheticians, adept at anything from typography to woodblock printing, put their cloning prowess to work, digitally imaging all things 2-D with a high-resolution, large-format digital camera or scanner. After capturing the vibrant colors, the fine detail, and the terrified screams of photos, prints, transparencies, and paintings, visual wizards cast color-correcting spells, transforming the original print into a 16"x20" archival pigment print on standard paper. Like a slow-motion film of a Polaroid developing, Electric Works operates with a three-day turnaround time for photography and a six-day turnaround time for scanning transparencies; prints are available 5 days after approval.
Azalea's tropical-fruity mani-pedi will take every digit, from your index finger to your roast-beef piggy, through a regimen of all-natural sugar buffing cream, hydrating fruit oils, warm soakings, and tender massages that leave your cuticles beautifully sculpted and your extremities smelling like they've gone coconut shucking in the ambrosial fields of rural San Francisco. You can top off your spiffing spa day by shopping through Azalea Boutique's boutique of designer clothing. To extend the life of your mani-pedi, resist the urge to turn your evening grog into a tropical daiquiri by dipping your newly fruitified fingers into it.