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.
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.
At The Mattress Capital, a knowledgeable staff of salespeople guides visitors through firm or downy mattresses that are all eager to go home and snuggle up to their new owners' slumbering forms. Guests consult with staff members before receiving a personalized tour as salespeople demonstrate the knowledge they gleaned by training one-on-one with experts until they knew each mattress like a horse trainer knows sugar-cube melting points. All of the store's mattresses, including brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Simmons, come with a 90-day comfort guarantee.
Linda and her daughter Ariana scour wholesale gift markets and fine estate sales across the country, hunting for one-of-a-kind antiques and whimsical gifts. They pack their cheerful boutique with their finds, lining shelves with colorful ceramics, intricate frames, and plush decorative pillows. Their ever-changing stock includes bodycare products, jewelry, and keepsake boxes from unique designers, as well as jewelry.