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.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.
The charming window displays of Sweet Thoughts draw customers into the cozy gift shop, which stocks a wide variety of items, from housewares to chocolates. Stock up on jars of handmade French mustards, pasta and pesto from Tuscany, pickled beets from a New Hampshire farm, or smoked sea salt from the coast of Maine, or mix and match items into a gourmet gift basket. The store is an ideal stop before a housewarming party, since visitors will find wines, serving accessories, glassware, home-grown art, craft beer, and gourmet gifts.
A crystal centerpiece. A rustic ladderback chair. One really handsome candlestick. Finding the final touch for a nearly finished room designed usually reminds people of the worst parts of needles and haystacks. Fortunately, that's the whole reason the shopkeepers at Hideaway Boutique come to work in the mornings. These design professionals fill their store with antique and boutique-quality glassware, ceramics, and furniture, helping clients furnish their homes without sending them on a neverending search.
Mahoney's Garden Center beckons green-thumbs and novices alike to its sprawling facilities, which burst with a plethora of plants, blooms, and gardening accoutrements. Although merchandise varies by store, shoppers may score finds such as a knock-out rose shrub ($29.98), zinnia perennials ($4.98) or an 8-inch hanging ivy ($16.98), complete with a Rhodes Scholar application. The 6-inch hibiscus ($12.98) lends its vibrantly hued blooms to front porches or a modest giant's windowsill. Perch deserving bouquets in the 12-inch embossed teal ceramic planter ($44.99) or display 10- and 11-inch hanging baskets ($12.50) that double as hideaways for spare doghouse keys. Customers can also narrow their searches for outdoor patio furniture at the Winchester and Falmouth locations.