Classic Alterations & Monograms' expert embroiderers convert average personal effects into custom pieces of embroidered flair. Monogramming a favorite dress shirt proudly displays one's initials despite not having the Donkey Kong high score ($7.50+ per breast pocket or cuffs), and an ample font selection enables further customization of names stitched onto hand towels ($10+) and oversize bags ($18+). Other custom merchandise includes wholesale screenprinting and personalized shirts ($3.80+). The friendly stitching staff also utilizes a digital preview system that projects how the finished item will appear and what the customer would look like with an embroidered goatee. Check out the website for a comprehensive list of monograms and prices.
Drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the fine arts, co-owners, operators, and artists Chriss W. Hardy and Christopher Hardy are the beating heart of The Painted Room. Together—and with a team of highly specialized painters—the two execute a multitude of projects, ranging from specialty faux finishes to murals of Abraham Lincoln sporting the flat-top 'fro he kept hidden under his stovepipe hat. At their studio, the artists teach oil-painting classes suited for beginners, creating a casual environment where students learn to wield oil paints while sipping on brought-along bottles of wine.
A Pair of Painters’ crews work to put homeowners at ease; each client receives a rundown of painting procedures, and mats protect carpets from drips. Wielding rollers to fill in large spaces and brushes to cloak corners and paint over speed limits for Hot Wheels, the workers quickly cover indoor and outdoor walls.
Ashley Jaccard started honing her designer's eye when she was just a child. Her Aunt Teresa was a floral designer who encouraged Ashley to cultivate her creativity, and before Ashley even graduated high school she was assembling bouquets and working on wedding decor for her aunt's clients. Today, at Unique Interiors, she uses her formal design education and years of experience to customize homes to their dwellers, whether that means drafting lighting plans or helping to select new accessories.
With summer on its last legs, now is the ideal time to throw open the windows and get home-care projects underway. Pick up some spray paint for $3.49 or a utility knife for $4.99. Illuminate your bathroom with a 4-pack of Ace light bulbs ($1.79), the better to see by as you caulk ($2.29) your sink. If you need to match paint to a favorite coverlet or choose a hue that complements a pleather recliner, each store offers a paint-matching service free of charge. Get keys made, or clean a barnacle-encrusted carpet with the help of a carpet-cleaning machine (rental prices vary). If you need help finding anything, Ace's knowledgeable staff is available to help get you in and out and on to your next project.