Sam's Art & Framing preserves and stylishly showcases photos, prints, portraits, and memorabilia with expert care. Sam invokes more than 30 years framing experience to craft each frame by hand on the premises. Choose from thousands of molding and mat-board samples to enshrine a child's artwork or an overturned parking ticket. Framing options are virtually limitless, but as an example, about $70 can get you a 20"x24" frame with glass, backing and hanging hardware, and a basic diploma will run about $100.
For more than 100 years, Spector Furniture has brightened drab, darkened homes with a vast collection of designer furnishings, accents, and lighting. Patrons peruse the showroom, lined with mirrors (up to $200), sofas ($899+), recliners ($500+), and other room-boosting units from frequently slept in, sat on, and hurdled over suppliers such as Stanley and La-Z-Boy. Attentive associates help find armoires and cabinets to fit your home’s distinct style, ranging from rustic cabins to modern dens. Orders within 20 miles receive free delivery, and all purchases come with free setup, so customers can avoid confusion trying to attach mislabeled legs to dangling chandeliers.
The award-winning editorial staff at Connecticut Magazine packs the monthly publication with articles about local shops, restaurants, and houses. The home-and-garden section examines immaculate abodes, travel articles showcase exceptional weekend getaways, and entertainment features profile exciting happenings throughout the state. Once a year, the Best of Connecticut feature highlights extraordinary eateries and entertainment options, anointing these establishments with incandescent compliments and gold-star stickers.
Framed, which was named runner-up for Best Frame Shop in 2010 by readers of the New Haven Advocate, uses careful custom-framing techniques to produce well-balanced rectangles for all occasions. Overseen by 15-year framing veterans Liz Hellwig and Rocco Compitello, the staff at Framed meets with prospective project doers, ironing out the two-dimensional details for projects large and small. These canvas wranglers practice conservation framing, a technique that keeps pieces true to their original condition through the use of specialized glass and acid-free mat boards. Likewise, to ensure quality and a pleasant lack of presidential apparitions, all custom projects are constructed on-site, in the store's comprehensive workshop. Though framing rates vary from project to project, an average 18"x24" piece—including black wood frame, standard glass, and dry mounting—starts at approximately $66.