Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design, Inc.’s owners, Charles and Carolyn, operate by a simple philosophy: “Frame it once, frame it right, and frame it forever.” For more than 30 years, the custom frame shop and art gallery has matched museum-quality frames with portraits, memorabilia, and portraits of memorabilia, earning repeated recognition from loyal customers and local publications such as Metro Magazine. Customers can peruse a selection of ready-to-hang frames or collaborate with helpful staff members to create a one-of-a-kind picture home, with a variety of framing materials, mats, and glass to choose from. On its walls, the family-operated store proudly displays work by local and regional artists interspersed with flawless Sunday crossword puzzles completed entirely in ink.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has assisted artists through every phase of the creative process, including furnishing their studios with art supplies and finishing off their completed artwork with custom-framing services. They stock their shelves with student- and professional-grade supplies, including Winsor & Newton’s high-value Winton line of beginners’ oil colors and Williamsburg handmade paints. The framing department, meanwhile, keeps a wide range of mats, moulding, and glass on hand to create lavish homes for fine artwork or simple enclosures for family photos and important receipts.
Frame Warehouse creates professional, custom picture frames that are designed to protect all kinds of artistic creations and memorabilia while complementing their natural charms. Customers can choose from hundreds of ready-made mats and frames that translate into thousands of frame permutations (tabletop frames average $7–$10), or they can opt for a custom design clipped from the crafty corners of their own minds. All framing products are of the highest quality—barrier papers, dust covers, acid-free products, and five kinds of UV-resistant glasses combine to permanently preserve your masterful fingerpainting from fifth grade or your collection of two-dimensional cross-sections sliced out of the world’s skyscrapers. Prices vary widely depending on how the customer navigates the flowchart from frame size to final product, but most jerseys can be framed for less than $200, diplomas for as low as $75, and posters for under $100.
The home-improvement experts at Angier Paint, Wallpaper, & Carpet Service, Inc. have kept living spaces looking up to date since 1973. Painting specialists coat commercial and residential walls in colorful shades by Pratt & Lambert and Martin-Senour, and new hardwood, carpet, laminate, and ceramic floors are meticulously leveled to create a fair foundation for self-administered sobriety tests. A partnership with Raymond Builders allows the company to offer a wide range of larger-scale remodeling services ranging from custom carpentry to room additions, and a floor-to-ceiling interior-design showroom ensures they are suitably equipped to fill subsidiary spaces with new window treatments, lighting, and decorative accents.
My Back Porch rewards deal-seekers by stocking gently used garments, accessories, and shoes from well-known brands, all of which undergo a thorough selection process to ensure they're in near-pristine condition. The shop invites leisurely browsing with its cheerful red and yellow walls and bright lighting, which illuminates the Ralph Lauren and Hollister tags peeking from shirt collars and the stitched names of Coach and Vera Bradley emblazoned across purse linings. Glass jewelry counters glint with a collection of earrings and necklaces, and leopard-print chairs face racks of shoes, beckoning guests to sit and ponder which pair of heels would work best for aerating their lawns.
Professional artist and class instructor Shirley Hunsberger helps brush wielders of all levels discover the joy of painting through instructive lessons. With the philosophy that art, like alligator wrestling, is learned by just jumping in and doing it, Shirley keeps painters creatively engaged during each two-hour lesson. Create museum- or refrigerator-worthy masterpieces in a medium of your choosing, such as watercolors, pastels, acrylics, or colored pencils. Oils are only permitted for outdoor use, where students may gain inspiration from scenic landscapes and muse-like garden critters. Burgeoning Picassos are encouraged to bring any art supplies they might have, though Shirley can provide materials if needed.