Displaying an exquisite painting without a decent frame is like breakdancing without pants on: the art is lost to the awfulness of the display. The Frame Makers celebrates its five-year anniversary today, having served the Tacoma area with half a decade's worth of dedicated matting and art encasing. Owner Anna has more than 20 years of practice in the framing business, bringing a sharp professional eye to every individual project. Mere paintings, jerseys, photographs, skinny instruments, and more become hangable presentation pieces for walls of all shapes and sizes through creative framing. Custom framing work begins at $69 for basic 8"x10" frames with standard matting, glass, and backing, while $100 can go toward frames up to 16"x20" in dimension with regular mounting materials.
Saravidas Health & Wellness’ independent practitioners combine their holistic- and natural-healing talents to aid patients in need of relaxation. Licensed mental-health counselors Anne Merrill and Deanne Caron repair frazzled nerves with counseling sessions, and staff from Family Acupuncture & Wellness of Puget Sound bolster clients’ well-being with Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture treatments. Other members of the cadre of caretakers also treat clients with skin services, massage appointments, infrared-sauna sessions, and body-wrap treatments.
Since 1974, the talented folks at Museum Quality Framing have measured, matted, and framed families' most cherished artworks, memories, and keepsakes. Each with an average of eight years of experience in his or her field, many of the staff members have backgrounds in art and photography, helping them to assist clients in the most helpful and insightful manner. Art restoration is also available for bringing old, faded photos or paintings back to their original luster, before they started wrinkling.
When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
Originally used by Japanese fishermen to keep their nets from sinking, glass floats would frequently escape their netting and be found by treasure seekers on the beach. Two such treasure seekers were Bellaballs' co-founders, glass artist Diane Hansen and designer Lesli Jacobs-McHugh, who quickly became fascinated by the strikingly gorgeous glass orbs and began making their own as decorative items. Today, each bellaball is a hand-blown glass orb individually made by local artisans. Available in 77 rich colors, Classic bellas ($40) all come stamped with a fig leaf gilded in sterling silver. Signature bellas ($40), meanwhile, can be customized with nine stamp designs—including a baby pram, a lucky horseshoe, and a pineapple—to commemorate occasions such as a birth, a new job, or successfully swallowing an entire pineapple.
Amocat brews up a bevy of coffees and teas to accompany a menu brimming with breakfast fare, grilled paninis, and salads. Steps regain their heel-clicking pep with espresso drinks ($2.25–$5.05) brewed from custom roasted Valhalla coffee and Mad Hat teas ($1.50 a cup) available in a flavorful roster that includes Creamsicle, Red Flower Earl Grey, and Egyptian chamomile. Rouse yawning mandibles from their dreams of showing up unprepared for pop quizzes with a scrumptious breakfast sandwich ($3.50) or wrap hands around a grilled Mambo panini ($4.99) showcasing chicken breast that stirs tongue buds into a twitterpated tizzy with the help of artichoke hearts, smoked gouda, and pesto mayonnaise. Amocat Cafe's décor boasts an ever-changing display of artwork from up-and-coming artists and the eatery's occasional live music feeds ravenous cochleae like q-tips fashioned from spun sugar.