Whether you're wrapping a rectangle around your favorite still-shot or hunting for a specific tool or tint, Rainy Day's friendly, enthusiastic staff will happily assist in your artistic endeavors. The shop carries anything from Fun with Rock Painting kits ($9.95) to the Unemployed Philosophers Guild's Obamarama magnetic dress-up playsets ($12.99), as well as essentials for the established or aspiring artist, such as Prismacolor pencils ($19.31 for set of 12) and Crayola Ultimate Art Supplies sets ($21.19). On the custom framing side, the resident framesperts are equipped with a bounty of beautiful and inventive frames for a wide range of sizes. Though the pricing for elements varies just as much as their framed-in contents, framing averages around $15 to $25 per foot and around $145 total, depending on the glass, matting, and other options.
The Limelite Boutique cherry-tops customers' outfits with a lineup of designer accessories centered on its collection of colorful handbags. Alongside the more traditional purses, the online shop equips clients with wallets for easy organization or beach bags that celebrate carefree vacation days with summery prints depicting rows of flip-flops, lawn chairs lounging on the sand, and parents forcing their children to work summer jobs at the local corn dog hutch. Necklace sets and rings adorn décolletages and fingers with elegant twists of silver or colorful arrangements of stones, and a lineup of sandals from Sierra and Oka b. clothe footparts in open-toed ensembles of decorated straps and wedge soles.
The staff at New Balance of Philadelphia & South Jersey isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
Paint Your Masterpiece nudges creativity so it emerges from its slumber and stretches its arms across a wide selection of unfinished ceramic bisque pieces, including picture frames ($30), cereal-size bowls ($18), and coffee mugs ($18). Budding artists can choose from more than 50 available colored glazes before splattering creative juices all over tiles ($10.50) and birthday plates ($20). Completed pieces are dipped in a clear glaze, fired in the studio’s kilns, and then placed on the studio’s test mantle to make sure they are display-worthy. For inspiration, tap into the dreamscapes of the subconscious or seek the assistance of the creative staff of ceramicists. To help bring artistic visions to life, pot painters are also invited to tinker with available aids such as books, stamps, and stencils. All the necessary tools are available for use on-site, and customers may pick up their masterpieces after approximately seven days.
Mattress Firm has a large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and Stearns & Foster. Sleep options range from the soft, cushy Hampton and Rhodes Perthshire pillow-top mattress set ($448+) to the firm and supportive Hampton and Rhodes Stirling firm mattress set ($198+). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
Ken Cappelletty and Fred Moor, the men who man Ken’s Flower Shops, didn’t grow up dreaming about buds and stems. Raised by a local policeman, Ken likely spent more time playing cops and robbers than sniffing the neighbor’s rosebushes. It wasn’t until he helmed the cash register at a neighborhood florist in L.A. that he discovered his knack for design. Here, he started to see flowers as more than just plants, viewing them as art supplies that happen to smell nice. When Ken returned to Ohio, his parents helped him launch a small shop that arranged blooms in the morning and delivered them in the afternoon. Two years later, in 1967, his friend Fred took some of the reins, helping him grow the business into three local stores affiliated with FTD and Teleflora. From this labor of love, a legacy began to take root. At each shop, seasoned designers incorporate customers’ requests into birthday bouquets, wedding corsages, and gift baskets filled with wine, house-baked cookies, and stuffed toys cute enough to melt hearts and plush enough to sop up the mess. Their talent and creativity takes center stage as well, whether they’re filling vases with orchids, crafting wreaths from roses, or building bouquets from singing balloons. To this day, Fred often answers the phones, discerning customers’ style preferences from friendly chats rather than pilfered diary pages. To make giving easy as getting, the shop’s wares can be delivered locally or internationally, seven days a week.