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.
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.
The Toledo Museum of Art houses more than 30,000 wide-ranging works of art, including important pieces by van Gogh, Matisse, and Rembrandt; a glass collection; and masterworks ranging back into antiquity. This deal gets two adults and their under-18 offspring a yearlong family membership, which includes admission to exhibits as well as members-only special events and a subscription to the arTMAtters newsletter. Members can also enroll teens aged 14 and older in discounted welded-sculpture workshops (such as Welded Sculpture: Arc and TIG, $95 for members) and get 10% off children's books and other purchases at the Museum Store, providing flammable materials for his or her biblioclasmic coming-of-age ceremony. Check out a full list of benefits here.
George Gross opened Gross Electric in 1910, and the array of lamps, appliances, and home accessories in the shop traces the history of design through the ensuing century. Chandeliers twinkle, the light dancing off time-tested bronze curlicues and frosted-glass or ultramodern nickel-plated twists. Each salesperson has trained with the American Lighting Association, so they're well prepared to guide customers among lamps and fixtures of every imaginable size and style, the work of more than 250 manufacturers. Patrons can also find artwork and mirrors to hang on walls or over embarrassingly bad paintings of safes. Fountains murmur in the shop alongside ranks of tables, vases, and clocks, stretching into an expanse of marble, glossy wood, and brass.
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.
At Samsen Furniture Outlet, staffers guide clients through the oversized storefront, where they encounter discounted designer furniture from brands such as Klaussner, Best, and Steve Silver. Their selection includes ottomans, wall accents, lamps, and sofas, yielding a furnishing collection as unabridged as a 500-page manual on making toast.