“Unique” is what Steven calls his new terra-cotta tiles. Starting with just a few designs, Fired Up Tiles became truly unique and recognized for their bright colored glazes, bold designs and most important—functionality. Each hand-made tile could be used as a hot plate trivet, art for the wall, or inlaid into a floor.
FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.
Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.
With more than 3,000 styles of custom frames to choose from, United Picture & Frame Co. expertly mounts images and mirrors to match any décor. Feel free to furnish a subtly ornate black and gold frame with a fancy portrait of a famous forefather, or fill the metal, streamlined art-deco frame with a candid hologram of future incarnations. Most of United's custom frames can also be fitted with either beveled or plain mirrors. Because of the customizable nature of today's deal, prices may vary depending upon size; a 20"x24" picture under glass in various frame styles may range from $75–$125 and a mirror can be added to a bathroom or dresser sized 20"x40" frame for $35 or a mantle-worthy 24"x36" frame for $55. United Picture & Frame Co. boasts expert conservation methods for the vital preservation and proper display of family heirlooms, works of art, or baby's first dissertation.
Combining traditional dry cleaning with environmentally safe wet cleaning we are uniquely qualified to gently remove even the toughest of stains. We guarantee the whitest whites. ALL of our cleaning is odor-free. Our specialty is cleaning, restoring & preserving of wedding gowns.