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.
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.
Classy Closets' sleek, contemporary closet designs turn disheveled hanger dwellings into well-organized spaces. Expert advisors will walk clothes-keepers through an individualized plan of action aimed at maximizing closet space and usability and minimizing instances of sock-led hamper rebellions. The Classy Closets' design showroom boasts an expansive selection of storage paraphernalia, and patrons are invited to peruse the gamut of finished closet models and take away inspiration for their own cloak enclosures.