Immortalizing memories for more than 80 years, Wolfe's Camera Shop houses a full-time staff of 30 professional photographers who lead photography workshops, create prints, and enlarge photographs surrounded by a stock of quality cameras, batteries, lenses, and tripods. Aspiring photographers immerse themselves in the shop's 12,000-square-foot space during one-to-two-hour photography classes in which they can learn everything from camera basics to PhotoShop Elements to high-dynamic-range photography. The staff brings patrons' digital photos to life with glossy prints and blows up images of graduations, weddings, and memorable flea circuses with enlargement services.
• For $30, you get two full cat groomings (a $60 value). • For $35, you get two full groomings for dogs under 25 pounds (a $70 value). • For $45, you get two full groomings for dogs that weigh 26–45 pounds (a $90 value). • For $59, you get two full groomings for dogs that weigh over 45 pounds (a $120 value). • For $59, you get a 3-week puppy socialization course (a $120 value).
Since he bought Framewoods of Topeka in 1992, owner Gary Blitsch has continuously expanded the business's framing capabilities, with a wide variety of projects custom-built for each client. Customers can hang fine handmade mirrors, framed photography, and expertly restored portraits on the walls of their home or business, and they can visit the stunning 1,600-square-foot gallery to view and purchase pieces from local visual artists.
Soho Interiors' home-furnishing virtuosos upgrade customers’ quarters with an international cache of eclectic furniture and home goods. Spruce up a bathroom with Italian soaps ($5) or Italian bubble-bath formula ($16), or pick up some picture frames ($17) to accentuate diverse wall prints ($25+). For more substantial pieces, peruse collections from name-brand designers such as the Italian contemporary Calligaris line. Adorn a barren abode with a table lamp ($129) or pick up a new end table ($129) to properly display a Millard Fillmore bobblehead collection. Practical ornamentation, such as a room divider ($99), provides solace for slipping into slinky French lingerie ($120), and Italian dining chairs stylishly preserve diners from leg cramps. To keep customers from acting uninformed, friendly sales associates remain on-hand to chat about hip trends, make recommendations, and provide techniques for gently informing old furniture it's being replaced.
Whitehall Fine Gifts and Collectibles offers over 20 varieties of gourmet chocolates and truffles, as well as stocking a bounty of fine art glass, antiques, and everyday gifts. Indulgent chocolates include the sea-salt caramel and the showgirl truffle with strawberry and raspberry purée, which arrives entombed in a milk-chocolate sarcophagus that preserves its rich flavors for the perusal of later archaeologists after being dipped in white chocolate and dusted with sugar. In addition to edible treats, the shop stocks its shelves with an array of collectibles, such as wind spinners and twisters ($25–$35), and Dynasty paperweights in many styles ($15–$40) that keep squadrons of paper airplanes from taking wing and dive-bombing collections of statues, Boyds Bears, Willow Tree angels, dolls, and fashionable jewelry.