In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
At Paris Paris, a fresh batch of clothing arrives every week, staying ahead of the style curve with new, trendy items from name brands. Fashion consultants guide visitors through an inventory of tops, jeans, scarves, and dresses, helping them create a personal style that's hip, urbane, and tinged with a European elegance. In addition to adorning their bodies with the latest in seasonal fashions from across the pond, shoppers can reimagine their living spaces with adorable furniture and home accents.
Bead Bar's bead baristas guide jewelry crafters with a wealth of bauble knowledge, provisioning projects from the amply stocked store. Students can bring their own spirited refreshments to make sessions merrier, journeying past bead-bedazzled walls and cascades of clasps to reach the workshop, where they'll discover the basics of jewelry creation during basic stringing and crimping classes (click here to view the schedule). After pupils choose one of five bracelet kits—which include a clasp, four fire-ball beads, finishing beads, wire, wire guards, and a strand of firepolish beads—instructors model foundational stringing techniques and imbue new crafters with a sense of symmetry and color combinations. Bracelet makers learn how to highlight feature beads and artfully select accent beads, then take an oath to use filler beads only for fighting crimes of bare-wristedness. To bring closure to both classes and adornments, the staff imparts advice on selecting clasps to make sure bracelets can't leave wrists or ankles without asking permission first.
Much more than bedding, Mattress 2 Go accessorizes a home's dining, living, and lounging quarters with hundreds of affordable furniture pieces in traditional and contemporary designs. Scour scores of mattresses, including the Montera Full Euro Top ($170) or classic queen pillow top, styled for sleepy couples or houseguesting uncles from Fresno ($120). Give offspring something to climb besides the walls with a blue twin metal bunk bed ($209) and its bright blue overlay, which ergonomically handle monkey business. A contemporary black-tube futon frame resurrects visions of college without revisiting exams or spilled cups of ramen noodles ($89), while a three-piece set of espresso coffee and end tables entertains more realized, homeowning dreams at hand ($179). Same-day delivery is available for all purchases for an additional fee that is not covered in the cost of your Groupon.
With the dry Southwest climate in mind, the employee-owned Dunn-Edwards has been manufacturing paints and mixing up myriad kaleidoscopic colors for more than 85 years. Paint dabblers visit Dunn-Edwards for free expert color consultations with its resident interior designers, who help find the appropriate color combination for each individual's abode. Upon request, customers can also receive two free 8-ounce paint samples to try out on their walls.