Entering one of The Framing Establishment's locations is like walking into an art gallery. Large traditional landscapes and contemporary abstracts hang on the walls, and shadow boxes housing portraits and collectibles line the shelves. Amid this modern decor, professional framers scuttle about, sizing objects and answering customers' questions. They help their patrons pick out ready-made frames and art or consult with them to determine flattering custom mouldings and mats for their photos or most impressive parking tickets. They also help customers transform their TVs into works of art by providing frames and fabrics that complement home furnishings.
Rather than mimic the creole flavors of Louisiana, cooks at Boudreaux's Bistro ship seafood and other ingredients straight from the state. They then incorporate those fixings into from-scratch dishes, from shrimp simmered in tomato creole sauce to pasta tossed with alligator sausage. Starting with New Orleans french bread, the Boudreaux’s team even puts its own spin on po’ boys, tossing in fillings such as roast beef and sliced turkey.
Cajun-spiced fries and hushpuppies can accompany main dishes, while desserts such as fried beignets coated with powdered sugar end meals on a sweet note. Each southern-fried feast unfolds inside Boudreaux’s sunny dining room, which surrounds diners with black-and-white shots of Louisiana, LSU banners, and the occasional haunting by the Spirit of Jazz.
The frame-builders at Repartee Gallery have encased pictures, posters, and keepsakes for wall display since 1978. Clients tote in portraits, lucky baseballs, or a child's first parking ticket before sifting through the gallery's extensive selection of frames, glass, and matting options. An expert art-housing architect will assign cost to the project, with prices generally starting at $50, and go to work forming the framing elements neatly around the chosen object. The final product renders a cherished heirloom ready for placement on a wall or mantel, and, like the unwavering fealty of a wookiee sidekick, comes backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Time travel is easy. Or at least, this savvy team can stop time?freezing sentimental objects such as wedding flowers and baby clothes so they don't age. Suspended in Time offers many options for preservation such as a shadow box around a christening outfit or a table dome around a bouquet of flowers. They can even preserve wedding gowns with a 100-year guarantee, which should make it through any wedding reception's Macarena.
The earthy hues and rough whorls of exposed wood beg fingers to trail across the rustic log furniture and home accessories crafted by carpenters at Rustic Log Furniture of Utah. A wooden bear-shaped soap dispenser($12.95) distributes soap in carefully portioned dollops ideal for assisting a cleaning robot. The naturally varied colors and shapes of timber add character to a 24-inch hat rack($80), and a moose-silhouette towel ring($16) casts minds to sweeps of boreal forest. A sturdy wooden wall shelf($80) begs to showcase books and family photographs or keep snow globes out of reach of show-off meteorologists.
The Ready Project?s virtual shelves contain all the necessary tools, gear, and food for outdoor expeditions, camping trips, and natural disasters. Emergency supplies outfit homes with survival kits and water-treatment kits, as well as emergency stoves and communication devices such as radios or weather-proof carrier pigeons. Survival gear allows nature explorers to create shelter with knives and tools, as well as guarding against castaway fatigue with signal mirrors, emergency flares, or air horns. To bolster homes with long-lasting food supplies, The Ready Project?s monthly doses of food storage packs 2,000 calories in daily meals. Nineteen gourmet dishes such as potato soup and chili come to life with the mere addition of water, and remain safely on shelves for 20 years.