With more than 3,000 styles of custom frames to choose from, United Picture & Frame Co. expertly mounts images and mirrors to match any décor. Feel free to furnish a subtly ornate black and gold frame with a fancy portrait of a famous forefather, or fill the metal, streamlined art-deco frame with a candid hologram of future incarnations. Most of United's custom frames can also be fitted with either beveled or plain mirrors. Because of the customizable nature of today's deal, prices may vary depending upon size; a 20"x24" picture under glass in various frame styles may range from $75–$125 and a mirror can be added to a bathroom or dresser sized 20"x40" frame for $35 or a mantle-worthy 24"x36" frame for $55. United Picture & Frame Co. boasts expert conservation methods for the vital preservation and proper display of family heirlooms, works of art, or baby's first dissertation.
Allan Jeffries has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors since 1984, including fine artists, professional photographers, and people who know someone who has been candidly captured within six feet of Kevin Bacon. The studio's team of talented framers specialize in museum-style archival methods and are well versed in the matting, mounting, and framing of both two- and three-dimensional pieces. Possible enclosable keepsakes including paintings, drawings, certificates and diplomas (around $100 with black wood frame and glass), limited-edition prints, posters (about $79 for a 24"x36", and about $89 for a 27"x40" movie-size poster with metal frame, drymount, and glass), family photos, children's art, coins, Roger Rabbits, and stitch-work projects. For the truly conservation-minded, a high-quality photograph with black wood frame, acid-free matte border, and UV-protective Plexiglas can run around $300. Allan Jeffries and his Jeffries will work with you to devise a framing plan that jives with your décor and budget, carried out with top-notch craftsmanship and care.
Second Street Framing armors keepsakes against wear and tear with more than 3,000 durable frames. A computerized mat-cutting process ensures a clean, tight fit that does not cling or sag like nylon parachute pants or needy great-aunt Mildreds. Custom framing varies by size and choice of materials; however, at Second Street Framing, picture pamperers can tuck an art print into a conservation-grade mat and a 19"x19" black wood frame for $98. Frame a diploma in black wood (around $100) to hang behind desks and remind clients that you graduated from middle school.
Allan Jeffries Framing's experienced staff handcrafts custom framing treatments for treasured collectibles, letting you choose from more than 1,000 custom frame samples. The knowledgeable staffers guide patrons in selecting the right supplies for each piece, creatively framing works of art, diplomas, photographs, or million-dollar bills. To protect your treasures, the staff can outfit them with archival museum-quality mats and UV-protected nonglare glass or plexiglass.
Cynthia Harvey has been designing fashion-forward ensembles since she was a kid. “At 9 years old I literally and figuratively looked up to my aunt, a professional model who made most of her clothes. She encouraged me to use the scraps of fabric to make my Barbie doll clothes and eventually my own clothes," says Harvey. Her interest in current trends led Cynthia to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA, where she studied and eventually ascended to the post of professor. Though she's spent her time doling out fashion tips to the likes of George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson, it was her time as an educator that inspired Cynthia to cofound The Sewing Studio. She aimed to counteract a decline in local arts programs, due largely to the great popsicle-stick and glitter fire of 1996. She explains, “I wanted to offer fashion sewing classes that are fun and affordable, with an emphasis on looks inspired by current fashion designers."
Her classes, which cater to the novice seamstress and advanced sewing student alike, achieve that aim. Led by Cynthia and other experienced teachers, the sessions range from introductory classes where pupils of all ages learn basics and stitch together totes or dresses to fashion design and sewing programs. Camps, workshops, and other learning sessions culminate in handcrafted apparel and accessories that students can take home and incorporate into regular wardrobe rotations.
All big movements start small, but many would be surprised to learn that Ten Thousand Villages—a nonprofit and retailer with 390 outlets nationwide—began out of a car trunk. In 1946, Edna Ruth Byler started the organization out of her car, taking a name from a quote by Mohandas Gandhi, who said, “India is not to be found in its few cities but in the 700,000 villages.” Her willpower and determination allowed her vision to grow into a nonprofit that today supports more than 130 artisans in 38 developing countries. These artisans' wares go on sale at the organization's nationwide retail outlets, which brim with items including jewelry, home decor, and refrigerator cozies.
Everything is made using environmentally friendly processes, and every artisan is paid a fair wage. The money raised from sales goes to supply the artisans—who might otherwise be unemployed or underemployed—with education, food, housing, and healthcare. The organization has risen to such stature that it won the People’s Choice Award for Green Business of the Year in 2005, and has acted as one of the founding members of the World Fair Trade Organization.