FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
A clogged gutter can cause major problems to a house’s foundation, and is often hard to spot. Luckily, Clarity Window Cleaning is on the lookout. Owner Garrett Helstrom dispatches his team of skilled cleaners to perform a gutter inspection and cleaning with every service, just before or after the team evicts grime from windows and screens. Although window cleaning is its specialty, the team also blasts away dirt with pressure-washing and removes the graffiti that accumulated after you ran out of scratch paper.
“Unique” is what Steven calls his new terra-cotta tiles. Starting with just a few designs, Fired Up Tiles became truly unique and recognized for their bright colored glazes, bold designs and most important—functionality. Each hand-made tile could be used as a hot plate trivet, art for the wall, or inlaid into a floor.
In his more than 25 years of experience, Window Tints So Cal’s owners have tinted auto, residential, and commercial windows for local movie studios, celebrities, and Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in Beverly Hills. Wielding film from brands such as 3M, Suntek, and Llumar, the crew does much more than simply enhance aesthetics—window tinting films can help reduce glare from the sun, block out unwanted heat and solar rays, and provide added privacy. Residential security film can help safeguard against burglary and vandalism, and protect people from stray shards of broken glass. Their commercial anti-graffiti films also guard glass and polycarbonates from the emblazoned insignia of spray-toting ne’er-do-wells or representatives from feuding retirement homes.
Trained fine artist Angelika Mehrens of Murals Just for Kids brightens baby stores, day-care centers, malls, schools, and homes with whimsical, custom, hand-painted murals of seascapes, safaris, beloved storybook characters, softly lit skies, fairy-tale castles, and sports themes. During a phone consultation with Angelika, kids and grownups discuss their vision for the mural, imagining ways to populate fanciful landscapes with adorable creatures or how to paint doors to create the illusion of additional closet space.