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's Flowers, a top-ranked Teleflora and FTD merchant, brims with an ambrosial array of bouquets, flanked by scented candles, fine wines, and a bevy of edible delights. A sun-drenched potted chrysanthemum beams photosynthetic love rays ($19.95), and delicate stargazer lilies nestle ethereally in a crystalline vase ($25). A dozen roses present an ideal means of identifying oneself to blind dates and showcasing powerful 12-rose-gripping jaw power ($25). The shop's blossom artists sculpt European-style, contemporary, and traditional bouquets, as well as dried and silk arrangements.
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.
Samsen Furniture has been serving up home furnishings for more than 50 years. Their Genoa showroom exceeds 45,000 square feet and contains more friendly faces than a Lisa Frank sticker set. Throughout the store, shoppers will encounter top furniture brands such as Thomasville, Smith Brothers of Berne, and Flexsteel, to name a few. Bring light to a dim space that purportedly got plenty of western exposure with an assortment of table lamps (starting at $99), or relax in darkness within the comfy confines of a La-Z-Boy Anderson recliner ($299). Stack numerous Exton Square rectangular cocktail tables ($179 each) to create a real-life game of Tetris, which can be used to entrap and hide a floor lamp with oak table ($299). The store's design department is full to burst with home accessories, such as wallpaper, carpeting, lamps, pictures, and window treatments.
After spending years designing kitchens and handcrafting cabinets, John Barlowe opened Frame Shop Art Gallery & Gifts to celebrate and showcase great household art. A member of the Professional Picture Framers Association, he's won awards for his custom-frame designs, which pair his meticulous woodworking skills with elements such as football skin to accent displayed pieces. As a premier partner of Larson-Juhl, he has access to thousands of ornate American hardwood borders and gilded moldings crafted with more than 100 years of company expertise. Each artwork or photograph squeezes between Tru Vue glass and Bainbridge mats and backboard, a sandwich framers can often complete in as little as 24 hours.
In addition to displaying art, John and his team specialize in various photo services, from printing images to transforming ordinary snapshots into caricatures or watercolors with artistic photo treatments. They also prevent boxes of family photos from falling victim to age, disasters, and swamp monsters’ thumbprints by digitizing large collections.