With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100-$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for under $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are under $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
The toy connoisseurs at Great Lakes Hobby & Toy equip gift-givers with more than 35,000 toys, model kits, play sets, and educational items displayed in the 10,000-square-foot entertainment menagerie. While perusing model kits and interactive play sets, customers test-drive miniature locomotives on the labyrinthine network of model train tracks. A full cast of Thomas the Tank Engine characters ($9.99) awaits younger engineers, and a fleet of train starter sets ($59.99) contains all necessary components to encircle Christmas trees or napping uncles. Miniature projects also include dollhouse building supplies ($1.09+) and model-car kits of various skill levels ($5.99+), with protective display cases ($7.99) to keep miniature rebellious teenagers from joyriding. Great Lakes Hobby & Toy also stocks assembly-free items such as musical instruments ($3.29+), which provide energetic virtuosos with a positive outlet for creativity.
The experienced crafters at Paper Kutz Scrapbooking host festive group crops and cull fine scrapbooking supplies in a cheerful and organized environment. Each Friday-night Super Scrap begins at 3 p.m., when solitary preservationists or groups of five arrive to snip, glue, and doodle their photos into pleasing configurations. As guests take their seats at long tables dotted with cutting mats, they commence the archival preservation of precious wedding photos, baby pictures, and calligraphied blackmail. Wastebaskets politely gather scraps, and diminutive wall art ensures that guests' handiwork takes center stage. To refresh each artist, staff members serve catered meals complete with dessert and beverages. Guests must call ahead to reserve their place, or they will be forced to scrapbook on the roof. Though not included in this deal, more events can be found on Paper Kutz's online calendar.
Lynn, Patricia, and Martina each discovered a love for design and creativity at a young age, and this passion ultimately brought them together to work at a crafting studio until 2006, when the owner of the studio retired after more than 20 years in business. Not wanting to say goodbye to each other or their customers, the three friends decided to purchase the business, and Crafty Lady Trio was born, creating a place for customers to knit, stitch, and socialize.
When asked what sets the company apart, Lynn Cusumano cites its specialization. "I think we have the largest selection,” she adds, “and largest number of experienced teachers." These resources shine through during classes, which, instead of adhering to specific lesson plans, cater to each student's skill set. Pupils purchase kits and patterns ahead of time from Crafty Lady Trio's store, and then help them blossom into colorful projects such as scarves and shawls with an expert’s guidance. The trio also leads longer crafting retreats and a weekly club for more advanced projects.
Courses take place within a 3,600-square-foot studio space that holds five teaching tables. For the trio and their students, this isn't just a place to work. It becomes a haven for making friends and sharing a passion for needlework.:m]]
Heritage Spinning & Weaving entices handcrafters with an array of knowledge-packed classes that load needles up with richly pigmented yarns and wooly wonders. Knitting newbies can forge new skill sets in one of the intro classes, learning how to knit ($25), crochet ($25), or spin straw into gold under the guidance of expert spinners. For 90 minutes, groups of 8–12 become acquainted with the first steps of spinning wool, employing a drop spindle and a spinning wheel to make usable yarn ($25). Customers can also apply the value of this Groupon to weaving classes, where smaller groups of four master the art of transforming strands of yarn into pieces of fabric or depictions of balls of yarn ($30), or a more advanced class such as the colorful Introduction to Fair Isle stranded knitting ($60). Drop-in knitting classes serve a variety of knitting needs from help with a project or learning how to knit.
Jeff Warmuth and the talented artisans at Canterbury Stained Glass draw on their nearly 40 years of experience crafting commissioned artwork to fill their showroom and teach others the art of glass manipulation. More than 40 educational programs—divided into short workshops and longer, weeks-long pursuits—focus on beginner, intermediate, and expert glass techniques of all sorts. Students can assemble glass jewelry, fuse patterned glass into bowls, or use their glass-blowing skills to build a see-through glass dome around endangered penguins. A fully stocked shop sells books, glass cutters, and other useful tools for finishing glassmaking and fusing projects.