The Collectors Wall Fine Art Gallery, a working gallery and framing venture owned by art enthusiasts Len and Kaye Gionfriddo and helmed by their son Gregg, has paired admirers with art and art with frames for more than a quarter of a century. The gallery experts outline posters and photographs with simple or elaborate frames and matting, and then top art with nonglare or UV glass so that it can be hang beautifully above mantels, in hallways, and off rearview mirrors. Framers also aid patrons in designing shadow boxes for jersey and sports-memorabilia displays and adding elegantly beveled frames to mirrors. In addition, The Collectors Wall sells rare prints, posters, and the brushwork of accomplished artists.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
The Devine family opened Fired Up Paint Your Own Pottery Studio to share their love of art with their community. Co-owner Orien, a painter himself, helms clay and painting classes, while his younger brother, Ayden, assists visitors in painting their own bisque pieces. Along with their other family members, the twosome instills the studio with a familial ambience not found outside of family reunions or goldfish funerals in the backyard.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
The shelves and pillars that fill Luminarie Designs' gallery bear ceramic sculptures, eclectic jewelry, and vibrant oil paintings from local and national artists alongside glass works that only hint at the artistic ability of instructor Sherry Rice. During three-hour workshops, Sherry guides students of all skill levels through her techniques for staining and fusing glass with lead and copper foil. When not creating new works, Sherry joins Luminarie's staff as they maintain and restore antique or modern glass for homes or businesses, brightening colors and scrubbing away any lingering reflections. Within the studio's workshop, the team can craft custom glass works to decorate front doors, windows, or mantels.