Pictures propped against walls, crammed in closets, or framed with picture-thieving magpies can't be beheld. Today’s Groupon increases your art's visibility with $50 for $100 worth of custom framing or any product or service at The Great Frame Up in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The Great Frame Up's quality frames take the art of hanging art beyond such jejune measures as tacky industrial-strength sticky tack, staple-tape taple staping, and hiring long-armed men to hold your art against the wall.
Two to four pianists engage in a well-matched duel each evening at Chez Cirque, sampling from more than 100 audience requests spanning all major musical genres. A Paris-inspired stage outfitted with red curtains, opulent lighting, and a state-of-the-art sound system tickles all five senses, and a $5 happy hour martini tantalizes your sixth, apple-centric sense with an apple-buttercup concoction made with vodka, DeKuyper Buttershots, Kahlua, and DeKuyper Apple Pucker. Hours become happy Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., entertained by drink specials that also include $3 Bud Light drafts and a free snack buffet on Fridays and Saturdays. A sushi bar adds raw talent to the menu Thursday through Saturday, beginning at 7 p.m. (prices vary). Light appetizers are available on the floor level, and groups can dine on specialty options on the mezzanine. See a partial menu online and call for full details. Chez Cirque's team of talent is sure to dazzle all 88 keys with nimble fingers and an ear-pleasing list of tunes.
For a small business, Riveting Frame & Design’s staff boast an impressive resumé: two members are artists—one of whom has a fine-arts degree—and the team has nearly a half-century of combined experience. Customers can meet with these experts at the store, where they will receive same-day quotes that detail all the possible design options. Working with the team, clients then choose a design from an extensive selection of frames, mouldings, mats, and fillets; with staff using computerized mat cutting to ensure accuracy. Additionally, Riveting outfits delicate artworks or especially successful peach cobblers in conservation framing, and the shop sells original and fine art, mirrors, canvas prints, and giclées.
Start by selecting a shapely canvas from more than 250 different varieties of bare bisqueware. Hot Pots' exhaustive catalog of clay creatables includes mugs, plates, frames, and figures. Prices average from $4 to $50, with a studio fee of $8 per person ($6 for kids ages 10 and younger). Use Hot Pots' design center to crib inspiration for mastery, or take the piñata approach by donning a blindfold, grabbing a brush, and hoping for a masterpiece or a pile of Smarties and pennies. Once you're ready to put paint to plaster, select from more than 70 shades of paint (including speckle style), as well as a line of glazes to accomplish an earthy look. Leave your finished creation in the skilled hands of the kiln masters after you're satisfied. Finished and glazed pieces are ready for pick-up in about one week's time.
Besides making clients happy, what do you like most about your job?
Sharing our knowledge to help newcomers to the world of knitting succeed and enjoy the process. We also like yarn a lot.
How is your approach different than that of other professionals in your field?
Our employees are experts; we are known for our knowledge of knitting and crocheting. We are also highly experienced teachers who won't waste our customers' time or add to their frustration by fumbling through the learning process.
When and how did you first develop a passion for your work?
When I learned to knit many years ago.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
To many people, knitting looks like a simple pastime for grannies. It can be done at a fairly simple level, but there is a great deal more to it than meets the eye. It is both a fascinating skill and an inspiring creative outlet. And it is very popular among younger women?and more and more men. Who wouldn't want to knit a hat as a gift for a friend?
Even if you arrive at Bead It! without an artistic vision, you won’t leave empty-handed. Around the shop, which holds crafting treasures that range from seed beads to semiprecious stones, staff members are stationed to help you select materials and fine-tune jewelry designs. For more in-depth aid, head to one of the varied classes and learn how to stamp metal, sculpt tulip origami earrings from precious-metal clay, or wind decorative wire around a fused-glass pendant. Of course, customers are welcome to forgo any outside input and select their own jewelry components—pewter charms, gold or sterling-silver chains, and Swarovski pearls make it difficult to fail.