Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
There's a lot to do at the annual Pumpkin Festival—get lost in a corn maze, pick your own pumpkins, see a farm animal display, paint your face, visit a small haunted house, trundle across the farm on a hayride, play autumn-themed games. And along the way, built into the harvest-time fun, are kid-friendly lessons in sustainable agriculture and growing food locally. That's because the fest is sponsored by Chris' Farm Stand, a family-run business that makes its home at Silsby Farm. The stand, which sells its goods at local farmers markets, grew out of owner Chris Stasinos' passion for cultivating corn when he was nine. Now a sustainable farmer, Stasinos treats customers to crisp vegetables, sweet corn, and plump pumpkins that are products of his eco-friendly farming practices.
By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' expert fruit florists arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, grapes, and juicy Albion strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Staffers can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet chocolate, white chocolate, or their own special peanut-butter-and-chocolate blend. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize gift baskets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
From sales to repairs, PK Motor Cars tends to drivers' automotive needs. The company's pre-owned sales lot features cars from makers such as BMW, Honda, and Mazda, all inspected and ready to hit the road or host a carpool party. In the full-service repair facility, trained mechanics keep imported and domestic vehicles in tip-top shape. PK Motor also features a detailing center where cars are made as spotless as the inventory that sits on the lots just steps away.
The barber at Shawn's Barber Shop & Shave Spot knows a traditional cut, from a line-up to a men's regular cut. Occupying the space that once belonged to Charlie's Barber Shop for some 75 years, the new barber shop hopes to become a community pillar of its own. Beyond hairstyling, the talented barber offers hot-towel shaves and color services.