At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
The artisans at Tempe and Arizona Yarn & Fiber cultivate a pair of educational atmospheres where creativity flourishes amid inventories of top-shelf yarns, fibers, and equipment. Largely stocked by local suppliers, the two studios house classrooms where pupils learn to knit, crochet, spin, weave, and dye fibers. Instructors well versed in the fiber arts ring in classes that teach skills such as beginning knitting, gradually progressing to more complicated maneuvers such as patching up a hot air balloon in motion. Teachers also allow students to set their own pace during project-help sessions, offering pointers as needed.
With each passing year, countless hours of precious home movies deteriorate. And, since Aisenma the Memory Grinder was defeated in 1916, this loss can only be attributed to formats that weren't designed to last: 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS. Enter Got Memories, which can convert all of the aforementioned formats, and others, to DVD. Digitizing these films and tapes not only prevents their content from fading over time, but also makes it easier to import content to a computer for editing or uploading to social media. Besides digitization, Got Memories also rents film and LCD projectors and even provides professional-quality in-house video editing.
Founded by two sisters who hold a passion for glass-based art, Kachina Stained Glass offers handpicked tools by manufacturers such as Morton, Inland, and Glastar, and hands-on classes in home decor and jewelry making. Customers can peruse the store's gift showcase for inimitable presents, tote in damaged glasswork for repairs, or commission an artist to create an original design for a stained-glass window or a particularly unsafe car windshield.
The dedicated women at The Fiber Factory, a 3,000-square-foot knitting superstore, instructional center, and local bastion for textile art, have woven together scores of yarn varietals and supplies since 1981. Scroll through plush skeins of yarn crafted by Berroco, DMC, Mango Moon and more ($5–$15) or bolster your bobbin and hook collection with a range of new sew-savvy relics ($1.50–$30). Burgeoning knitters may enroll in a number of in-store classes ($7–$105) and learn the art of Navajo weaving or bob for actual bobbins in their own handcrafted baskets. More advanced loop-masters may join evolved crafting classes and circles catering to their desire to bring a three-piece ropa vieja suit to life.
Though it began as a used bookstore 30 years ago when Bob Schlesinger bought the place from his dad for $1, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has grown into a massive media clearinghouse. Bookmans gets its inventory from its customers, relieving them of CDs, comic books, video games and systems, musical instruments, and any other media that might be potential deal-breakers when bringing a tipsy Martha Stewart back to one's place. Find a copy of the Necronomicon to replace the one you left at the beach, revive your quixotic childhood dream of getting past level 3 in Battletoads, or remind yourself why you sold your ukulele jam band box set in the first place. Bookmans offers cash or store credit for those items and typically sells them for about half their original retail value—providing an incredible value for eco-conscious consumers who want to cut waste and avoid encouraging production of new DVDs of Battlefield Earth with their ironic purchase.